After a long time, Royal Enfield made it to the higher segment of 650cc and they NAILED IT.
Here is an In-Depth review for the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650cc- Best to date!
Similar to Royal Enfield bikes, Interceptor can be traced back to the 1960s where they gave us “Interceptor” which was over valve parallel twin and dual exhausts with 692cc Engine. It was produced until 1970.
2018 came up with the twin’s Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 which came down from previous Continental GT 2014. The top-end segment has many competitors and RE stepping into it was a big deal. There are already high performing bikes such as KTM Duke 390, Kawasaki Ninja 300, Bajaj Dominar 400, Harley Davidson 750 and Kawasaki Vulcan 650 S. As a RE bike, the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 pricing (2.50 Lakhs for base variant ex-showroom price) which is commendable.
Here we go In depth for Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, Digging deep into it!
Design-The Interceptor 650 is carrying a timeless retro design of functionality and sportiness. It’s on a dual cradle which is a tubular steel frame and great for handling. It reduces overall kerb weight also. There are retroelements all over the place from halogen headlight in 2020 to circular chromed mirrors which give a decent view of what is behind. The seat is a little bit on the harder side and you might upgrade if you are looking for touring purpose. Footpeg placement is on a bit rear. Handlebar gives great handling and support. The engine fits well into the frame and looks fabulous with chrome. The twin exhaust set up is functional and gives a grunt. Both tires are spoked wheels that are tubed and sized as 100/90-18 front and 130/70-18 Rear providing a good grip on the road.
Hardware– Here we have a fully functional console which is better than all previous RE’s. We have an analog speedometer and tachometer which is a dual split setup like thunderbird. There is fuel meter, a Trip meter which is only a single trip, low oil indicator and low fuel warning too with all other basic indicators. It uses an Electronic fuel injection system and provides decent numbers with fuel as per the power output. It’s an electric start and air-cooled. ABS is standard at the front and rear with Brembo brakes and slipper clutch. The braking performance has one word for it – AMAZING with the help of 320mm disc at the front and 240mm disc at the rear.
Comfort-It excels here, there are ZERO VIBRATIONS! Yes zero vibrations on a RE. The bike is butter smooth and it gives a huge plus on highway and long rides as it won’t tire you. The seat is kind of hard and flat, an upgrade will do the work. The seat height is very comfortable for short to tall riders. The handlebar is perfect which reduces the vibrations the most and is good to handle in traffic too.
Engine-This is the heart of the matter, the engine of this particular RE is just phenomenal. It’s powered by 649 CC and 2 cylinders 4 valve unit which produces 47 Bhp at 7250 Rpm and 52 Nm torque which is a peak at 5250 Rpm and about 80 percent of it is available right from 2500 Rpm, Which provides great low end and mid-performance and is a treat in traffic and highways. Clearly, it’s the best engine produced and designed by RE to date
Performace-The cruising speed that you can maintain is 100-120 kmph gives no issues and can go all day. It gets little buzzy after 140 kmph and in traffic, there is almost zero heating and can be handled easily. We have a 6-speed gearbox supported by a slipper clutch for light shifts. For a 650 CC bike, it gives a great mileage of 25 km in the city and around 28 kmpl on highways and the average tank range is 350 km for a 14L tank capacity. For all the speed freaks here is something that will excite you for sure-
0-60Kmph takes only 2.7 Seconds
0-100 Kmph takes 6.4 seconds
Verdict-This is worth every penny you spend with all the different color schemes on offer, the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 provides great performance and comfort (after upgrading that seat). In comparison to all the previous RE’s it is the best to date and definitely a big yes to all the effort by RE to upgrade and provide us with this engine!
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