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Which Interceptor 650 Tickles Your Fancies?


Royal Enfield is collaborating with the popular Bike Shed Motorcycle Club to create a custom Interceptor 650

Royal Enfields have been quite popular with the customising scene. The Classic opened up a whole new avenue for customisers and the 650 Twins -- the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 -- have been quite a hit. The versatility of the platform is favourable for customisation.

Now, Royal Enfield is partnering up with The Bike Shed Motorcycle Club from Los Angeles to create a unique bike based on the Interceptor. The first set of sketches have been released by the popular customiser and needless to say, a few elements have just left us drooling.

The Bike Shed is going for a bobber/brat tracker look for its creation. One particular highlight that we absolutely love is the wood-finished engine covers with silver leaf inlay. It looks exquisite and heightens the hipster vibe. Even the silver tank with golden elements goes along well with the brat tracker theme.

Now most of these sketches depict a change in suspension units, particularly in the one pictured above. This design is leaning towards a scrambler, which is the logical genre that RE should tackle next with the 650 platform. We love the upswept straight pipes. Even the dual tone metallic paint scheme of grey-ish black and copper is just simply stunning.

We expect Bike Shed to tinker a bit with the 648cc parallel-twin motor as well. Perhaps, the customisers could be looking at borrowing a few big bore kits provided by S&S to bump up the cubes and thereby the performance. 47PS and 52Nm might be decent but think about what the outputs would be if this engine was displacing 850 cee cees.

We shall be keeping a close eye on what design Royal Bike and the Bike Shed settle on finally. Here’s hoping that they manage to recreate the wood-finished cases.

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