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The Interceptor was a popular classic roadster back in the 60’s, but could enjoy only a small period of production and was discontinued by the company by the end of that decade. However, Royal Enfield re-introduced the Interceptor 650 and showcased it during the EICMA, at Milan in 2017 and now they have launched it in India along with the Continental GT 650. Staying true to its original models born in 1960s, the latest Interceptor still sports a classic-retro design. The 2018 Interceptor 650 i....Read complete review
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The Interceptor was a popular classic roadster back in the 60’s, but could enjoy only a small period of production and was discontinued by the company by the end of that decade. However, Royal Enfield re-introduced the Interceptor 650 and showcased it during the EICMA, at Milan in 2017 and now they have launched it in India along with the Continental GT 650. Staying true to its original models born in 1960s, the latest Interceptor still sports a classic-retro design. The 2018 Interceptor 650 is a classic roadster and gets an all-new, dedicated steel-tube cradle chassis and features a wide handlebar. The motorcycle is equipped with classic 18-inch front and rear Pirelli tyres and twin shock absorbers, along with front and rear disc brakes with ABS. RE has specifically developed a 6-speed gearbox for the Interceptor 650 supported by a slip /assist clutch. It comes with standard dual-channel ABS too.
Currently, RE is offering the Interceptor 650 in three variants – Standard, Custom and Chrome priced at Rs 2.5 lakh, Rs 2.57 lakh and Rs 2.7 lakh respectively. At this price point, it is the most affordable multi-cylinder motorcycle in the country. While the standard range of colours takes inspiration from the motorcycles of the 50s and the 60s, the custom range is much bolder with retro graphics and colours. Overall, there are six colour schemes to choose from - Orange Crush, Mark Three (black) and Silver Spectre are offered in the standard variants, Baker Express (white & red), and Ravishing Red are offered in Custom, while the Glitter and Dust are offered in Chrome variant. It competes with the likes of the Harley-Davidson Street 750 and the Kawasaki Z650.
The Interceptor 650 poses a very clean and minimalistic design. It’s a classic roadster and never fails to grab attention. It features a round headlamp at the front along with a long handlebar, on top of which there are pushed out rear view mirrors, finished in chrome. The fuel-tank flaunts the colour scheme and has a large RE badge onto it followed by a long, flat seat. The design is pretty straightforward and predominantly rounded, which is evident from the shaping of the fins around the engine, cam covers, intake, and throttle body covers. There’s a long, chrome finished exhaust which runs all the way to the tail end. The rear features angular turn indicators and brake lamp. The 18-inch spoke wheels wrapped in high-quality Pirelli tyres add to the distinctive looks of the bike. Although there are as many as six colour schemes to choose from, the difference is only with the colour and graphics of the fuel tank, rest everything is identical.
RE has added a touch of modernity to the Interceptor 650 and the bike features a semi-digital, twin-pod instrument cluster, as against an all-analogue one. A small digital readout shows the fuel level, tripmeter and odometer, while the analogue dials show speedometer and rpm.
Powering the Interceptor 650 is a massive 648cc, parallel-twin, 4-stroke, SOHC, fuel-injecting engine which is both oil- and air-cooled. It generates 47.65PS of max power at 7100rpm and a peak torque of 52Nm at 4000rpm, mated to a six-speed gearbox. The engine has a 270-degree firing interval which creates a unique sound, just like many of the RE’s single cylinder motorcycles. RE has developed this engine with a focus on delivering a flat torque across revs, starting from low revs. There’s a slip-and-assist clutch fitted, which works well when downshifting. The most noticeable thing about the Interceptor’s motor is its flexibility. It’s an absolute delight on the highways and the bike is as smooth as it can be, even at three figure speeds. Surprisingly, it offers an incredibly smooth riding experience in city traffic as well, without any vibrations at low speeds. The bike can flow in the sixth gear at anything over 50-60kmph.
Braking responsibilities are carried by a 320mm front disc and a 240mm rear disc with dual-channel ABS being offered as standard. The brakes are crisp and have enough bite to stop the bike cruising at higher speeds. The discs are fitted to 18-inch spoke wheels shod in Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp tubeless tyres, 110/90 at the front and 130/70 at the rear. The interceptor 650 is built on a twin-cradle tubular steel frame with inputs from Harris Performance, who has been helping Royal Enfield in creating chassis since some time now. Suspension setup comprises of 41mm conventional telescopic front forks and twin shock absorbers at the rear which gulps the potholes and bumps easily. The bike is really heavy, with a dry weight of 202 kgs, however, it’s surprisingly easy to manoeuvre it around.
Royal Enfield has fitted the Interceptor 650 with dual-channel ABS to make the braking more efficient and add to the safety of the biker.
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