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Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 vs Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Comparison

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 vs Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Price starts at Rs. 2.56 lakh which is Rs. 49,066 costlier than Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 priced at Rs. 2.07 lakh. The claimed mileage for the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is 15 kmpl where as the claimed mileage for Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 is 30 kmpl. In technical specifications, Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is powered by 648 cc engine where as Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 is powered by 499 cc engine. Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is available in 1 different colours while Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 comes with 5 colours. 62% users have chosen Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 over Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 in a survey being conducted on zigwheels.com. Compare Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 vs Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 on the basis of price, specifications & other features.

Engine Type 4 Stroke, Air-Oil Cooled, SOHC Engine Single cylinder, 4 stroke, Spark ignition, Air cooled
Engine Displacement (CC) 648 cc 499 cc
Power (PS@rpm) 47.65 PS @ 7250 rpm 27.57 PS @ 5250 rpm
Torque (Nm@rpm)
Bore 78 mm 84 mm
Stroke 67.8 mm 90 mm
No Of Cylinders 2 1
Drive Type Chain Drive Chain Drive
Valve Per Cylinder 4 2
Fuel System
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol
Ignition Digital spark ignition - TCI Digital Electronic Ignition
Compression Ratio 9.5:1 8.5:1
Engine Immobilizer
Transmission Type Manual Manual
No Of Gears 6-Speed 5 Speed
Brakes Front Disc Disc
Brakes Rear Disc Disc
Braking Type
0-60 kmph (sec) 2.87s 4.65s
Quarter Mile 14.98 @ 142.69 kmph
Braking (60-0 kmph) 16.49m
20-80 kmph (kickdown)
30-70 kmph (3rd gear)
40-80 kmph (4th gear)
Braking (80-0 kmph) 29.80m
Braking (100-0 kmph) 47.21m
Mileage (City) 15 kmpl
Mileage (Highway) 18 kmpl
Mileage (Overall)
Mileage (ARAI) kmpl 30 kmpl
0-100 kmph (sec) 6.54s
Top Speed (Km/h)
0-160 kmph
Braking 60-0 km/h 16.49m
Chassis Type
Suspension-Front Front Fork Telescopic Forks
Chassis Steel Tubular, Double Cradle Frame Single Downtube, Using Engine As Stressed Member
Suspension-Rear Twin Coil-Over Shocks Twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload
Tyre Size Front :-100/90-18, Rear :-130/70-18 Front :-90/90-19 Rear :-120/80-18
Wheel Size Front :-18 inch, Rear :-18 inch Front :-19 inch Rear :-18 inch
Tyre Make
Tyre Type Tubeless Tube
Radial Tyre Yes Yes
Wheels Type (Pressed Steel/ Alloy) Spoke Spoke
Optimum Tyre pressure (Rider) 22 psi
Optimum Tyre Pressure (Rider and Pillion)
Dry Weight
Length*Width*Height 2122*789*1165 2060*790*1205
Wheelbase(mm) 1400 mm 1350 mm
Length 2122 mm 2060 mm
Ground Clearance (mm) 174 mm 135 mm
Height 1165 mm 1205 mm
Seat Height 804 mm
Width 789 mm 790 mm
Fuel Capacity (Litres) 13.7 L 20 L
Kerb Weight
Total Weight
Tail Light LED LED
Front Brake Diameter 320 mm 280 mm
Rear Brake Diameter 240 mm 240 mm
Battery Type
Charging Time
Motor Type
Motor Power
Fast Charging
Battery
Range
Head Lamp
Projector head light
Pilot Lamps
LED tail lights
Seat Opening Switch
Boot Light
Turn Signal Lamp Bulb Bulb
Alternator
Power Modes
Cruise Control
ABS Dual Channel Dual Channel
Body Type Cafe Racer Bikes Cruiser Bikes, Tourer Bikes
Body Graphics
Starting Self Start Only Kick and Self Start
Seat Type Single Split
Pass Switch Yes Yes
Speedometer Analogue Analogue
Handle Type
Tachometer Digital Analogue
Trip Meter Digital Digital
Charging point
Average Fuel economy
Digital Fuel Indicator
Distance to Empty
Low Fuel Warning Lamp Yes
External Fuel Filling
Clock
Stand Alarm
Low Battery Indicator Yes
Stepup Seat
Low Oil Indicator Yes
Passenger Footrest
Projector Headlights
Passenger Backrest
Carry hook
Underseat storage
Cooling System Air Cooled
Console Analogue and Digital Analogue and Digital
Anti Theft Alarm
Shutter Lock
Odometer Analogue Digital
Central Locking
Navigation
Mobile Connectivity No
EBS
Service Due Indicator
Switchable ABS
DRLs
Keyless Ignition
Standard Warranty (Years)
Standard Warranty (kilometers) 10000

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Q. Which bike should I go for, Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 or 500X
  • It's too good bike for touring or for occasional riding and for us mileage is good for 500cc 32kmpl and in dis the great thing is royal Enfield suit power exhaust only not only silent vibration
  • Several sites will provide you comparison charts of one against the other. both have SAME engine. BUT ,TBX has 1. tubeless tyres.2. alloy wheels3. ABS4. straightened handle bar 5. fresh look with the two tone colours ( if you are a chrome lover then tb is your pick) as TBX exhaust has no chrome. it's black. choice is yours. Happy riding.
  • If u r ready for a good maintainace cost go for it Only riding a 500cc bike in city wont be a good choice the mileage comes down to 22kmpl. Choose wisely
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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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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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