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Royal Enfield Interceptor 650: All You Need To Know


Named after a legend, can the Interceptor 650 live up to the hype?

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Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

 

 

The name Interceptor dates back to the US and Canada of the 60’s, when Royal Enfield first launched the motorcycle with a 692cc vertical-twin motor. And now, that iconic name is back and in a very similar looking body as well. That is no coincidence, as RE has specifically kept the looks of 2017 Interceptor as close as possible to the legend. Even the Royal Enfield insignia on the new bike is the same old one. But, that’s where the similarities end. Let's have a look at what all the Interceptor 650 packs and its expected positioning in India. 

 

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

 

 

 

The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 shares its mechanicals and frame with its twin, the Continental GT 650. It packs the all-new 648cc parallel-twin engine which produces 47.6PS @ 7100rpm and 52Nm @ 4000rpm. Speaking of the frame, it is the same tubular double cradle setup as the Conti GT, but the Interceptor is taller, wider, has a higher seat and a bigger fuel tank than the Continental GT 650. But, they both have the same length, wheelbase and other parts like the wheels, brakes, suspension and instrumentation. Here’s a quick look at the specifications. 



Interceptor 650

Continental GT 650

Engine

Parallel-twin, Air-Oil cooled, Fuel Injection

Parallel-twin, Air-Oil cooled, Fuel Injection

Displacement

648 cc

648cc

Power

47.6PS @ 7100rpm

47.6PS @ 7100rpm

Torque

52Nm @ 4000rpm

52Nm @ 4000rpm

Bore x Stroke

78mm x 67.8mm

78mm x 67.8mm

Compression Ratio

9.5:1

9.5:1

Gearbox

6-speed

6-speed

Fuel Management

Fuel injection

Fuel injection

Suspension, Wheels And Brakes

Front suspension

Telescopic 41mm front fork, 110mm travel

Telescopic 41mm front fork, 110mm travel

Rear suspension

Twin coil-over shocks, 88mm travel

Twin coil-over shocks, 88mm travel

Tyres Front

100/90-18

100/90-18

Tyres Rear

130/70-18

130/70-18

Brakes Front

320mm disc, ABS

320mm disc, ABS

Brakes Rear

240mm disc, ABS

240mm disc, ABS

Dimensions

Wheelbase

1400mm

1400mm

Ground Clearance

174mm

174mm

Length

2122mm

2122mm

Width

789mm

744mm

Height

1165mm

1024mm

Seat Height

804mm

790mm

Kerb Weight (No Fuel)

202kg

198kg

Fuel Capacity

13.7-Litres

12.5-Litres

The specifications of the Interceptor 650 released now are for the US and Canada models. However, it was confirmed at the launch that RE will not change the bike in any way, but only adapt it according to different regulations in different countries. Hence, we do expect similar specifications here as well.

 

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

 

 

The Interceptor 650 has easygoing egos. The footpegs are set in the middle, the handlebar is tall and the seat is a nice and flat bench with quilted stitching for a classic look. Combined with the easy-going nature of the engine that has a 9.5:1 compression ratio and a 270-degree crank angle, this will be an ideal machine for long touring and mile munching at an easy pace. But, when you do decide to gun the throttle, the motorcycle will crack a ton, which means it will reach 100mph or 161kmph with ease. 

 

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

 

 

 

But, Royal Enfield bikes are not so much about performance, as much as about the old school feel. A big part of that is the sound they make. And hence, to retain that signature, close attention has been paid to tune the engine and exhaust to deliver the iconic RE thump. And what we can hear in the videos, RE has managed to do just that.

 

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

 

 

 

Now, coming to the price. Given the simplicity of the engine construction and the part sharing of the bike itself, RE will manage to price it quite aggressively. It will sit slightly below the Continental GT, which could command a premium of Rs 10,000-15,000 over the Interceptor. Hence, we expect it to be priced at around the Rs 3.0-3.3 lakh. At this price, it won't have any direct competitors but will take on the likes of the Triumph Street-Twin in the market.

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