KTM 390 Duke vs Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

KTM 390 Duke Price starts at Rs. 3.11 Lakh which is Rs. 8,105 costlier than base model of Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 priced at Rs. 3.03 Lakh. The claimed mileage of KTM 390 Duke is 28.9 kmpl whereas the mileage of Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is 25 kmpl. In technical specifications, KTM 390 Duke is powered by 398.63 cc engine , while Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is powered by 647.95 cc engine. KTM 390 Duke is available in 2 different colours while Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 comes with 7 colours. The Comparison KTM 390 Duke vs Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 can be described on the basis of price and specifications.

390 Duke vs Interceptor 650

Key Highlights 390 Duke STDInterceptor 650 Canyon Red
Engine Type Single Cylinder, Liquid Cooled, DOHC, FI Engine Inline twin cylinder, 4 stroke / SOHC
Max Power 46 PS @ 8500 rpm 47.4 PS @ 7250 rpm

390 Duke vs Interceptor 650 Key Highlights

Basic Info 390 Duke STDInterceptor 650 Canyon Red
186 reviews
341 reviews
Brand Name KTM Royal Enfield
Ex-Showroom Price Rs. 3.11 Lakh View On Road Price Rs. 3.03 Lakh View On Road Price
Engine Type Single Cylinder, Liquid Cooled, DOHC, FI Engine Inline twin cylinder, 4 stroke / SOHC
Max Power 46 PS @ 8500 rpm 47.4 PS @ 7250 rpm
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol
390 Duke Colors
Interceptor 650 Colors
Brakes Front Disc Disc
Brakes Rear Disc Disc
Wheel Size Front :-431.8 mm,Rear :-431.8 mm Front :-457.2 mm,Rear :-457.2 mm
Wheels Type (Pressed Steel/ Alloy) Alloy Alloy
ABS Dual Channel Dual Channel
Starting Self Start Only Self Start Only
Speedometer Digital ...
Insurance Rs. 23,517 390 Duke Insurance Rs. 22,593 Interceptor 650 Insurance
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Engine Type
Single Cylinder, Liquid Cooled, DOHC, FI Engine
Inline twin cylinder, 4 stroke / SOHC
Engine Displacement
398.63 cc
647.95 cc
Max Power
46 PS @ 8500 rpm
47.4 PS @ 7250 rpm
Max Torque
39 Nm @ 6500 rpm
52.3 Nm @ 5150 rpm
Emission Type
89 mm
78 mm
64 mm
67.8 mm
No Of Cylinders
Drive Type
Chain Drive
Chain Drive
Fuel Type
Contactless, Controlled, Fully Electronic Ignition System With Digital Ignition Timing Adjustment
Digital spark ignition
Compression Ratio

Brakes Front
Brakes Rear

Mileage (Overall)
28.9 kmpl
25 kmpl

Tyre Size
Front :-110/70-17, Rear :-150/60-17
Front :-100/90-18, Rear :-130/70-R18
Wheel Size
Front :-431.8 mm,Rear :-431.8 mm
Front :-457.2 mm,Rear :-457.2 mm
Tyre Type
Wheels Type (Pressed Steel/ Alloy)

Seat height
820 mm
2119*835*1067 mm3
1354 mm
1398 mm
2119 mm
Ground Clearance
183 mm
174 mm
1067 mm
835 mm
Fuel Capacity
15 Liters
13.7 Liters
Kerb Weight
168.3 Kg
218 Kg
Total Weight
400 kg
Tail Light
Front Brake Diameter
320 mm
320 mm
Rear Brake Diameter
240 mm
240 mm

Additional Features
Paper element, Forced lubrication, Wet sump with pump driven oil delivery
USB charging port
LED tail lights
Turn Signal Lamp

Dual Channel
Dual Channel
Body Type
Sports Naked Bikes
Cruiser Bikes
Body Graphics
Self Start Only
Self Start Only
Seat Type
Pass Switch
5 Inch, TFT
Trip Meter
24 degrees
Low Fuel Warning Lamp
Low Battery Indicator
Stepup Seat
Passenger Footrest
Cooling System
Liquid Cooled
Air Cooled

Pros and Cons

  • Positives
  • Negatives

KTM 390 Duke

  • Improved performance means this is the quickest bike in its segment
  • brakes feel sharp and predictable
  • adjustable suspension handles bad road well even in its stock setting
  • lower seat height should make it more accessible to shorter riders
  • feels super light on its feet and agile when changing directions
  • you can barely feel any engine heat
  • even in bumper to bumper traffic and motor has become a lot smoother than before.

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

  • Most affordable 650cc bike in India
  • Linear yet exciting power delivery
  • Extremely refined engine.

KTM 390 Duke

  • Some of the panel gaps are a little too pronounced
  • H-rated Metzeler tyres feel a little squiggly when pushing the bike hard and the new orange shade is a little too orange.

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

  • Lacks features
  • Uncomfortable for pillion riders
  • Rear suspension is a little too soft.
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390 Duke and Interceptor 650 Competitors

Recently Asked User Questions

Q. We want to choose between Interceptor and Himalayan, which is better. Have issue of back pain.
  • I own both the Himalayan and the Interceptor and I can definitely say with authority that with the himalayan you wont have a back pain. Ride is more comfortable due to the seating posture and the seat itself. Same goes for the pillion rider as well. What you will get is a solid freaking headache considering the Himalayan has so many other issues that you get fed up spending most of your time in RE service centers. I own a BS3 model. So I hope the later models have these issues sorted. Interceptor on the hand was built for a different purpose and tall riders (5 foot 9 and above) will have problems with their back. This is because of the seating posture. But there are work arounds to this. its a great bike and is open to customization unlike the Himalayan.
  • I have slipped disc and tail bone/sciatic pains .. you know how bad it can get. But I can tell you, on a normal day the Interceptor has never caused any issues or never till date have I had any issues because of the seating position on the Interceptor. I can't speak for Himalayan, I am sure it's meant for touring and expect that to be equally comfortable or more. With Interceptor, you cant go wrong that much I could tell trust me.
  • The Interceptor 650 will marginally have a better seating posture than the Himalayan and hence should give less back pain.But eventually it depends on whether you will utilise the motorcycle for city rides for which Interceptor is best or for off roading for which Himalayan is best.Hope this helps! Happy riding!
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Q. I am confused between Interceptor and Himalayan? mostly I am a city rider and yearly twice touring, which is suitable for me?
  • Having owned both of them I'd say that for touring the Himalayan makes sense. My only problem with the Himalayan was its lack of power or feeling that it do with some more power. I know that a lot of folks are waiting for a 650 Himalayan.Having said that a lot depends on you and your requirements. Interceptor is great as a daily commuter. You'll most probably have to tweak the handlebar and seat to get the desired riding position. Himalayan seat is excellent. Panniers etc again Himalayan. In case of the Interceptor you'll have to get suitable panniers and stays etc. Both are good and different categories so in the e d it's your call.
  • Himalayan is a all rounder Off road & Highways it performs well. Suspension set is too good say no to back pain. Interceptor is very good in highways it is the best performer & Powerful bike in royal enfield fleet. It cant off road like himalayan . Suspensiongood so no back pain issue. Because interceptor is not too comfortable in city riding. Plus their are many sensitive quality issues in ongoing models of interceptor. Like problem in T- Stem noise & Strut , Wheel wobble , Which RE might address soon. My choice is himalayan .
  • For city, Electra or Bullet 500 with ABS is best, Himalayan for touring, Interceptor is for fun as a heavy weight champion. Suggest you an unbiased test drive forgetting our reviews for a while and then decide.
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Q. I booked Interceptor 650 BS6 recently. I am 5feet 11 inches is it suitable for me, I got tempted with 4 reasons, no vibration, every 10k kilometres service, totally iron body and superb race machine with retro attire. Suggest me I have to go for it any other options in that price bracket?
  • You have a perfect height to handle INT 650. Then mileage around 27 KMPL & 210 Kg weight should not bother you. Plus front suspension & Rear ABS area below average. The best part is powerful engine mounted in a average built quality bike. Look wise great retro look. One thing you will forget all flaws when you ride it. May be in BS 6 all these issue should have been addressed by RE. No bike available in that price bracket. Most important it is not a zero vibration bike. You can feel vibration in side tank , Foot pegs.
  • I am 5'11 too and find the bike very comfortable. In fact shorter riders may have trouble due to the 804mm seat height and the long reach to the handlebars. Besides the footpegs get in the way when you put your feet down so long legs will help a bit in overcoming that too. There is no other bike in this category in this price bracket. The nearest would be a Triumph which costs almost 3 times as much!
  • Don't take bro...recently i hv sold my conti gt 650,,,,engine will roast like you hell in summer season,wrist pain,pelvi pain due to seat thickness is lyk very poor,,,thigh support poor,,,i am having riding experience of 15 year,,,bhai save your money royal ke naam pe idiotic design dete...means lyk riding comfort metror 350 is hv great...
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390 Duke Vs Interceptor 650 Comparison FAQs

Which bike is cheaper 390 Duke vs Interceptor 650?

The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is cheaper than KTM 390 Duke by Rs. 8,105.

Which bike offers better performance 390 Duke vs Interceptor 650?

For the STD version, 398.63 cc Petrol engine of 390 Duke produces 46 PS @ 8500 rpm of power and 39 Nm @ 6500 rpm of torque. Whereas for the Canyon Red version, 647.95 cc Petrol engine of Interceptor 650 produces 47.4 PS @ 7250 rpm of power and 52.3 Nm @ 5150 rpm of torque

User Reviews of Comparison

  • Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
  • I booked intercepter 650 colour is Baker Express and as per dealer they will be able to deliver the bike in Jan 2020 end. whatever information I have gather through YouTube videos ... it's looks with minor change which need to be done after delivery.I am looking for better headlight reason being headlight isn't matching what rest of the bike is offering and I believe Thunderbird headlight would have been awesome additions and seat which is not great as per the bike standards.. so looking for seat changes with better qauilty for sure.

    Baljeet Singh few weeks ago
  • Very Good Bike , The money you pay for the vehicle has value. Ride, Breaking are exceptionaly good. What I don't like is the head light which is not powerful and it should be modified. Also tail lamp they should change it to LED. Royal Enfield should come out with mag wheels for this bike.

    Satish Reddy few weeks ago
  • This is the bike that i'm looking for.Was thinking of going for truimp but was still looking for indian bikes.And at last it has arrived.It's a good bike, Classic looks and good for daily riders.

    Sanen Amer few weeks ago
  • The bike is very comfortable it takes instant pick up and is good for long drive and the main thing I have bought these bike because of it's beautiful look .

    Imtiaz Hussain few weeks ago
  • Best one from RE . The engine is well refined and maintenance level is very less. More than enough for my needs . Its an all rounder and is easy to maintain.

    Pranav J few weeks ago
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