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Royal Enfield Classic 500 vs Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Comparison

Royal Enfield Classic 500 vs Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Price starts at Rs. 2.56 lakh which is Rs. 54,327 costlier than Royal Enfield Classic 500 priced at Rs. 2.02 lakh. The claimed mileage for the Royal Enfield Classic 500 is 32 kmpl where as the claimed mileage for Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is 15 kmpl. In technical specifications, Royal Enfield Classic 500 is powered by 499 cc engine where as Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is powered by 648 cc engine. Royal Enfield Classic 500 is available in 6 different colours while Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 comes with 1 colours. 69% users have chosen Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 over Royal Enfield Classic 500 in a survey being conducted on zigwheels.com. Compare Royal Enfield Classic 500 vs Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 on the basis of price, specifications & other features.

Classic 500 vs Interceptor 650 Specs Overview

Specs/Features Classic 500 Pegasus EditionInterceptor 650 STD
Price Rs. 2.17 lakh Rs. 2.56 lakh
Engine Type Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Air cooled 4 Stroke, Air-Oil Cooled, SOHC Engine
Engine Displacement (CC) 499 cc 648 cc
Power (PS@rpm) 27.57 PS @ 5250 rpm 47.65 PS @ 7250 rpm
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Brakes Front Disc Disc
Brakes Rear Disc Disc
0-60 kmph (sec) 3s 2.87s
Wheel Size Front :-482.6 mm,Rear :-457.2 mm Front :-457.2 mm,Rear :-457.2 mm
Wheels Type (Pressed Steel/ Alloy) Spoke Spoke
ABS Dual Channel Dual Channel
Starting Kick and Self Start Self Start Only
Speedometer Analogue Analogue
Engine Type Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Air cooled 4 Stroke, Air-Oil Cooled, SOHC Engine
Engine Displacement (CC) 499 cc 648 cc
Power (PS@rpm) 27.57 PS @ 5250 rpm 47.65 PS @ 7250 rpm
Torque (Nm@rpm) 41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm 52 Nm @ 5250 rpm
Emission Type bs4 bs4
Bore 84 mm 78 mm
Stroke 90 mm 67.8 mm
No Of Cylinders 1 2
Drive Type Chain Drive Chain Drive
Valve Per Cylinder 2 4
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol
Ignition Digital Electronic Ignition Digital spark ignition - TCI
Compression Ratio 8.5:1 9.5:1
Transmission Type Manual Manual
No Of Gears 5 Speed 6-Speed
Brakes Front Disc Disc
Brakes Rear Disc Disc
0-60 kmph (sec) 3s 2.87s
Quarter Mile 14.98 @ 142.69 kmph
Braking (60-0 kmph) 16.49m
Braking (80-0 kmph) 29.80m
Braking (100-0 kmph) 47.21m
Mileage (City) 15 kmpl
Mileage (Highway) 18 kmpl
Mileage (Overall) 32 kmpl
0-100 kmph (sec) 6.54s
Braking 60-0 km/h 16.49m
Suspension-Front Telescopic Forks Front Fork
Chassis Single down tube, Using engine as stressed member Steel Tubular, Double Cradle Frame
Suspension-Rear Twin Gas Charged Shock Absorbers With 5-step Adjustable Preload Twin Coil-Over Shocks
Tyre Size Front :-90/90-19, Rear :-120/80-18 Front :-100/90-18, Rear :-130/70-18
Wheel Size Front :-482.6 mm,Rear :-457.2 mm Front :-457.2 mm,Rear :-457.2 mm
Tyre Type Tube Tubeless
Radial Tyre Yes Yes
Wheels Type (Pressed Steel/ Alloy) Spoke Spoke
Optimum Tyre pressure (Rider) 22 psi 32 psi
Length*Width*Height 2140*790*1090 2122*789*1165
Wheelbase(mm) 1360 mm 1400 mm
Length 2140 mm 2122 mm
Ground Clearance (mm) 135 mm 174 mm
Height 1090 mm 1165 mm
Seat Height 804 mm
Width 790 mm 789 mm
Fuel Capacity (Litres) 13.5 L 13.7 L
Tail Light Bulb LED
Front Brake Diameter 280 mm 320 mm
Rear Brake Diameter 240 mm 240 mm
Pilot Lamps
LED tail lights
Turn Signal Lamp Bulb Bulb
ABS Dual Channel Dual Channel
Body Type Cruiser Bikes Cafe Racer Bikes
Starting Kick and Self Start Self Start Only
Seat Type Single Single
Pass Switch Yes Yes
Speedometer Analogue Analogue
Tachometer Digital
Trip Meter Digital
Low Fuel Warning Lamp Yes
Clock
Low Battery Indicator Yes
Low Oil Indicator Yes
Passenger Footrest
Cooling System Air Cooled
Console Digital Analogue and Digital
Odometer Analogue Analogue
Mobile Connectivity No
Standard Warranty (Years)
Standard Warranty (kilometers) 10000

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Q. Which is better classic 350 or classic 500 in performance?
  • M having stealth black 500 and its such a special feeling to own the RE which cannot be expressed in words but when it comes to 350 or 500 it is totally on your usage as the first thing is mileage which does not differ much as i m getting around 30+ and in 350 it is around 35 but when it comes to driving for sure you feel d diff the 500 variant is much more plesant in driving. so in my opinion just go for 500 but if you are luking price wise u can choose 350 bcz in looks both are same if you are not choosing the 500 only colour variant
  • Difference will be on the inflow of the fuel . 350 is with carburetor and 500 is with fuel injection. 500 got more pickup but lack in fuel efficiency as compare to the counterpart.i' ve rode my classic 350 for almost 5 years, most of the times in the himalayan region.i found no issue regarding the capacity of the engine.on my personal level i would have picked himalayan for classic 500. decision is yours brother. thanks and keep thumping
  • Having owned the Classic 500 I can tell you that it is not worth the extra money. The performance upgrade is not noticeable. I would suggest you gofor the Classic 350 . But the one thing I noticed is the exclusivity of the Classic 500. As far as I know there are only around 10 in my city out of the 1000s of bullets and that really is something special, so if you are looking for exclusivity then go for the 500.
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Q. I am confused in buying Interceptor or Jawa, help me out.
  • 1. --- 24 years ago i have driven old jawa for thousands of KM . It will thrill me every time i touch the handle bar & pump it to alive the engine. The exhaust thump & interval between the next thump cant say in words. Flick & Kick is a wonderful experience . I used to get mileage around 30 kmpl to 35 kmpl. 2.--- Now to coming new jawa . I went test ride new jawa with imaginations & drove more than 210 km i got mileage of 18 kmpl. Engine is powerful till 110 km/hr then it straining to climb speed with vibrations & becomes too noisy .The exhaust sound is like hero splendor bike. There are lots welding visually seen around new jawa . They recreated visibly old jawa . Visually good bike. I didn't get moved or ringed & impressed while riding. 3.-- I owned old bullet 1996 model i used it as a bicycle go everywhere with it. 4.-- Initially when i test drove RE Classic 350 UCE i was upset with engine thump & Rhythm. But the driving experience impressed gave the same pleasure simply same as my old bullet. So i was convinced and purchased a RE Classic 350 UCE engine model and riding till date. 5.-- In addition to it i have purchased interceptor 650 without test driving it . Because the test ride bike & My allotted bike came in same lot went for registration same date . I would say the powerful bike i never owned & Ever manufactured by Royal enfield. my choice was good. I getting mileage around 22 kmpl to 27 kmpl depending upon speed i go.So that's how the new jawa didn't impress me. I never need a bike for visual pleasure.
  • New jawa .I went test ride new jawa with imaginations & drove more than 210 km i got mileage of 18 kmpl. Engine is powerful till 110 km/hr then it straining to climb speed with vibrations & becomes too noisy .The exhaust sound is like hero splendor bike. There are lots welding visually seen around new jawa . They recreated visibly old jawa . Visually good bike. I didn't get moved or ringed & impressed while riding. interceptor 650 i have purchased interceptor 650 without test driving it . Because the test ride bike & My allotted bike came in same lot went for registration same date . I would say the powerful bike i never owned & Ever manufactured by Royal enfield. my choice was good. I getting mileage around 22 kmpl to 27 kmpl depending upon speed i go.So that's how the new jawa didn't impress me. I never need a bike for visual pleasure.
  • If you can afford a budget of 3L, then go for Interceptor 650...miles ahead then the Jawa..plus it is a 650 CC parallel twin, you will enjoy the level of refinement this engine offers with almost zero vibrations. Compared to jawa, this motorcycle is extremely stable in its mid range. Only when u redline it, you can feel a bit of vibes in the foot pegs, but the vibrations are nothing compared to the other REs and not something that will bother you in high speed
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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 can vouch for the comfort that Himalayan has to offer since I have taken it to places where most other bikes would just give up. Even on tarmac the soft sprung suspension of the Himalayan is much more comfortable than the Interceptor. However, the thrill that you experience riding the Interceptor is a whole new experience . Take a test ride of both & decide for yourself . Or just wait for a few months as RE should be launching the Himalayan 650 by the end of this year & that would surely be one hell of a machine.
  • I have Interceptor, when I Test Drove Himalayan, I felt has a better riding posture & comfort, seats are best. Interceptor is for those who love the mean machines for sheer power & pickup above 90Kmph, you will get a great tremendous performance. Interceptor is a highway performer and on some rough roads. I believe Himalayan is a great package as all rounder for that price. Latest BS-4 is of great build quality. If you want a best comfort in a bike and not looking for more speed greater than 90 Kmph smoothly, then Himalayan is great. Interceptor is a blend of power & performance and a heavy weight sports champion. My suggestion is for your height, stature and your body build, you need to take a sincere unbiased test drive of both of these on a longer ride, forget the others reviews on the internet when you do a test drive and buy which suits you well, keeping in mind what exactly you want. That will give you peace of mind.
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