The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 promises to bring back simple old school motorcycling charm to this modern era
The much-anticipated flagship RE 650 twins will be finally launched in India around Diwali after its global launch on 26th September. The 650 Interceptor and the Continental GT 650 will be Royal Enfield’s first array into middleweight motorcycle segment. Both these motorcycles are a reference to RE’s authentic past and heritage dating back to the 60’s era and they are reintroducing the motorcycle in a modern form.
Both the Continental GT650 and the Interceptor 650 bikes promise to bring back the simple old school fun motorcycling charm in the year 2018. The Interceptor 650 was first unveiled in 2017 at the EICMA in Milan and then was introduced in India the same year at Rider Mania held in Goa alongside the Continental GT 650.
Both the motorcycles attracted quite a lot of attention considering the fact that they were Global models as well as the most powerful motorcycles that RE will introduce in India. The Interceptor 650 is powered by a completely new 648 cc parallel twin air-oil cooled engines which produce quite controllable and non-intimidating 47 hp at 7,100 rpm and 52 Nm of peak torque delivered at 4,000 rpm and is paired to a six-speed gearbox.
The Interceptor 650 is based on a newly developed and designed dual cradle tubular steel chassis developed with the help from the legendary Harris Performance. The new chassis gives the Interceptor 650 an exceptional handling and highway cruising capability.
The Interceptor 650 shares almost all the technical parts with the Continental GT 650 including the chassis, engine, Brakes and even the suspension setup. The Interceptor 650 uses 41 mm telescopic forks at the front with 110 mm travel and twin-shock absorbers at the rear with 88 mm travel.
For stopping power the Roadster gets a bigger 320 mm front disc and 240 mm rear disc setup and ABS as standard. The motorcycle rides on 100/90-18 and 130/70-18 sticky Pirelli tires. The motorcycle will be available with a total of 6 colour options.
The Interceptor gets a more upright riding position and has a Roadster styling approach to it and is inspired from the original iconic 60’s Interceptor which had a great fan following in America West Coast. It features round headlamps, twin pod instrument cluster, braced handlebar a teardrop shaped fuel tank