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Royal Enfield Himalayan vs Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Price starts at Rs. 2.88 Lakh which is Rs. 74,296 costlier than base model of Royal Enfield Himalayan priced at Rs. 2.14 Lakh. The claimed mileage of Royal Enfield Himalayan is 32 kmpl whereas the mileage of Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is 32 kmpl. In technical specifications, Royal Enfield Himalayan is powered by 411 cc engine , while Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is powered by 648 cc engine. Royal Enfield Himalayan is available in 6 different colours while Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 comes with 7 colours. The Comparison Royal Enfield Himalayan vs Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 can be described on the basis of price and specifications.

Royal Enfield Himalayan vs Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Summary

Basic Info Himalayan Gravel GreyInterceptor 650 Canyon Red
Rating
185 reviews
171 reviews
Brand Name Royal Enfield Royal Enfield
Ex-Showroom Price Rs. 2.14 Lakh View On Road Price Rs. 2.88 Lakh View On Road Price
Engine Type Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Air cooled, SOHC Parallel twin, 4-stroke, single overhead cam, air/oil-cooled
Max Power 24.31 PS @ 6500 rpm 47.65 PS @ 7150 rpm
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol
Colors
Himalayan Colors
Interceptor 650 Colors
Brakes Front Disc Disc
Brakes Rear Disc Disc
Wheel Size Front :-533.4 mm,Rear :-431.8 mm Front :-457.2 mm,Rear :-457.2 mm
Wheels Type (Pressed Steel/ Alloy) Spoke Spoke
ABS Dual Channel Dual Channel
Starting Self Start Only Self Start Only
Speedometer Analogue Analogue
Insurance Rs. 21,204 Himalayan Insurance Rs. 22,370 Interceptor 650 Insurance

Engine Type
Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Air cooled, SOHC
Parallel twin, 4-stroke, single overhead cam, air/oil-cooled
Engine Displacement
411 cc
648 cc
Max Power
24.31 PS @ 6500 rpm
47.65 PS @ 7150 rpm
Max Torque
32 Nm @ 4000 - 4500 rpm
52 Nm @ 5250 rpm
Emission Type
bs6
bs6
Bore
78 mm
78 mm
Stroke
86 mm
67.8 mm
No Of Cylinders
1
2
Drive Type
Chain Drive
Chain Drive
Valve Per Cylinder
...
4
Fuel Type
Petrol
Petrol
Ignition
Digital Electronic Ignition
Digital spark ignition - TCI
Compression Ratio
9.5:1
9.5:1

Brakes Front
Disc
Disc
Brakes Rear
Disc
Disc

Braking (60-0 kmph)
19.43m
17.66m
Braking (80-0 kmph)
33.57m
30.71m
Braking (100-0 kmph)
53.25m
47.44m
Mileage (City)
32.04 kmpl
31.95 kmpl
Mileage (Highway)
39.96 kmpl
34.64 kmpl

Tyre Size
Front :-90/90-21 Rear :-120/90-17
Front :-100/90-18, Rear :-130/70-18
Wheel Size
Front :-533.4 mm,Rear :-431.8 mm
Front :-457.2 mm,Rear :-457.2 mm
Tyre Type
Tube
Tubeless
Radial Tyre
Wheels Type (Pressed Steel/ Alloy)
Spoke
Spoke

Seat height
800 mm
804 mm
Length*Width*Height
2190*840*1370 mm3
2122*789*1165 mm3
Wheelbase
1465 mm
1400 mm
Length
2190 mm
2122 mm
Ground Clearance
220 mm
174 mm
Width
840 mm
789 mm
Fuel Capacity
15+/- 0.5 Liters
13.7 Liters
Kerb Weight
199 Kg
202 Kg
Tail Light
LED
LED
Front Brake Diameter
300 mm
320 mm
Rear Brake Diameter
240 mm
240 mm

Battery Type
VRLA
...
Charging at Home
Battery Capacity
12 V/8 Ah
12 V/8 Ah
Charging at Charging Station
LED tail lights
Turn Signal Lamp
Bulb
Bulb

ABS
Dual Channel
Dual Channel
Body Type
Adventure Tourer Bikes, Tourer Bikes, Off Road Bikes
Cafe Racer Bikes
Starting
Self Start Only
Self Start Only
Seat Type
Single
Single
Pass Switch
Speedometer
Analogue
Analogue
Tachometer
Analogue
Digital
Trip Meter
Digital
Digital
Average Fuel economy
...
Low Fuel Warning Lamp
...
Clock
...
Low Battery Indicator
...
Stepup Seat
...
Passenger Footrest
Cooling System
Air Cooled
Air & Oil Cooled
Odometer
Digital
Analogue
Navigation
...
Switchable ABS
...

Pros and Cons

  • Positives
  • Negatives

Royal Enfield Himalayan

  • Great ergonomics for touring or stand-up riding
  • Long-travel suspension aids in brilliant off-road riding
  • spoked rims and tall ground clearance
  • Switchable ABS helps to lock the rear wheel under off-road conditions.

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

  • Most affordable multi-cylinder bike in India
  • Power delivery is linear and friendly but still exciting
  • Extremely refined.

Royal Enfield Himalayan

  • Braking performance can be improved. \r\nFit and finish levels can be better. \r\nGearbox is notchy and the engine heats up in crawling traffic.

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

  • Not the most feature packed
  • Uncomfortable pillion ergonomics
  • Rear suspension is set up a bit too soft.
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Himalayan 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. If budget is not a constraint, should one buy int 650 or meteor 350? considering i will be using the bike 50% of the time in city and rest 50% on highways.ps: I like the features provided and the body of the meteor 350 but really like the ride quality of int 650.?
  • Apart from the budget, both bikes belong to different segments and have different characteristics. If we talk about Meteor, the thump wrapped up in a refined, easy to ride, confident and practical package sounds just right. The lack of oil leaks or missing parts over our 800km stint makes the package more joyous. The healthy fuel efficiency, 10,000km oil-change intervals and 5000km/6 month service inspections make it more endearing. So, this Royal Enfield fulfills the promise made by the Thunderbird many years ago. However, the Meteor doesn’t make a bigger and bolder promise of its own by way of plush ride quality, a greater sense of richness or, crucially, better cruising ability. On the other hand, if we talk about Interceptor 650, with this pricing, Royal Enfield has delivered an exceptional value-for-money product like none other. Small issues, like no clear lens for the headlight or wide exhaust layout, or the narrow and soft seat, can be overlooked or fine-tuned. This is virtually half the price of the Harley Street 750 and it sits precariously close to the KTM 390 Duke, the Austrian being just four grand cheaper. Hence, with this pricing strategy, Royal Enfield is giving you a class product that seems to be built more solidly than anything it has ever produced. It is not as premium or modern in many aspects, but this motorcycle has brought back the joys of simple motorcycling - just what Royal Enfield set out to achieve. You may compare both the bikes accordingly. Do take a test ride in order to get better clarity. Check out authorised dealership details.
  • Int 650 will better. all the features of meteor will be available as options in the mean time.
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Himalayan Vs Interceptor 650 Comparison FAQs

Which bike is cheaper Himalayan vs Interceptor 650?

The Royal Enfield Himalayan is cheaper than Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 by Rs. 74,296.

Which bike offers better performance Himalayan vs Interceptor 650?

For the Gravel Grey version, 411 cc Petrol engine of Himalayan produces 24.31 PS @ 6500 rpm of power and 32 Nm @ 4000 - 4500 rpm of torque. Whereas for the Canyon Red version, 648 cc Petrol engine of Interceptor 650 produces 47.65 PS @ 7150 rpm of power and 52 Nm @ 5250 rpm of torque

User Reviews of Comparison

  • Royal Enfield Himalayan
  • Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
  • 1. Superb Ergonomics. Apt for me (my height is 6ft). But definitely need an extender for Long Rides since the Wind shield will be shorter for people like me. 2. Definitely value for money. Since your servicing will be within a span of 6 months.(Excluding the first).3. In 1st Gear, I picked up a speed of 40. So I guess I will surely achieve a speed of 90-100 KMPH without any hiccups.4. Luggage friendly. You don't have to worry about basic luggage's which you may carry for occasional rides. ( Reach today and get back tomorrow types)I will definitely recommend Himalayan for those who wants some fresh air on weekends.

    Sayan Chakraborty few weeks ago
  • Had to change a tire because of a manufacturing defect which even the company didn't pay for.Doubt the quality assurance department of royal enfield.Engine malfunctioned twice within 5 months of purchase for which service center charged a lot.The parts and the services provided by the royal enfield is of low quality.I dreamt of going to ladakh on this bike but it can't withstand the roads of delhi.

    Hemant Kumar1 few weeks ago
  • I am using royal enfield bullet 350 bike which is so great that i do not think without it.It has awesome look1with a great personality.Maintenance cost is okay.Among its color i prefer black.It is very satisfying and1stylish.It is better for city road as well as in village road.I am very happy and proud with my bike because1it is good product.In this bike i feel my passion.

    Gaurav Mehta few weeks ago
  • It's a beautiful bike. Simple, reliable, and powerful enough. Off roading in the trails, the bike destroys obstacles and moves forward with at most ease. It does struggle sometimes in heavy off roads but nonetheless clears it without any niggles. Brilliant bike, hats off to Royal Enfield.

    Nandhu Sandhya few weeks ago
  • Compared to the bs4 avatar, The new bs6 royal enfield himalayan is 5kgs heavier.However, The bike is still as easy to ride as it was before.Because of the low seat height controlling the bike is also not a hassle, Whether it be highways or off-road.I love my himalayan very much.

    Vinod Balachandran few weeks ago
Himalayan User Reviews
  • 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
Interceptor 650 User Reviews

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