Enfield, for long, has been content with making single cylinder motorcycles.
These motorcycles are strong, good looking and very affordable for its size and
performance. But all that changed when, at the Eicma show in Milan (Italy) in
November 2017, it showcased two twin-cylinder motorcycles, the Interceptor 650
and the Continental GT 650. While the former is a roadster, the latter is a
you, this motorcycle was not built in someone’s backyard or a makeshift
workshop, but was developed at Royal Enfield’s UK Technology Centre in collaboration
with the engineering and design teams in Chennai, India. The entire platform,
including the engine and chassis, underwent rigorous testing and validation
process during the development programme at world-class proving grounds with
got the 648cc parallel twin powered BS VI Interceptor and we wanted to know
everything about the bike, its pros and cons.
EXTERIOR- FEATURES & DESIGN
classic tear-drop shaped fuel-tank, the twin chrome exhausts on either side of
the motorcycle, the gleaming, hand-polished aluminum engine, the diamond quilt
pattern single seat that can accommodate the rider and a pillion comfortably
and the wide braced handlebars, all of them contribute to the good looks of the
of the handlebar, its positioning is ideal for the rider, not just for city
riding but also long highway rides. The dedicated steel-tube cradle chassis
helps make this motorcycle solid and versatile. The chassis was earlier
developed ground up by the team at Royal Enfield’s UK Technology Centre, and
Harris Performance. It has 18 inches Pirelli tyres in front and rear (both with
36 spoke aluminum alloy rims) with twin shock absorbers, along with front and
rear disc brakes with ABS. The motorcycle has a ground clearance of 174mm and a
seat height of 804 mm.
Interceptor 650 gets classic round shaped halogen headlamps, though there is a
small LED inside the headlamp units and at the rear also you get halogen. Two analogue dials in twin round casings make
up the speed and tachometer gauges. The one on the left has a small digital
screen which gives fuel and odometer readings. We felt that the readings could
have been in a larger font and clearer, as one is unable to read clearly while
riding. There is no gear shift indicator provided on the instrument cluster.
Besides, this motorcycle does not get a hazard switch, which I feel is very handy
in a roadster.
the right hand side of the handlebar you get an integrated engine kill switch
and a start switch. The left side of the handlebar has switches for indicators,
high and low beam and the horn. Just behind this module, you get the pass
down to the foot pegs, especially the ones for the rider, you need to get used
to it, apparently. The positioning of the foot pegs feels very awkward and
inconvenient. Because of the bulging
design of the engine area, there seemed to be no way the foot pegs could be
fixed a bit further ahead. Rather, the moment you place your feet on either
sides, the foot pegs hit your shin or calf, depending on where you have placed your
feet. Ideally while placing your feet down, your legs need to be in front of
the foot pegs because in case you want to move your feet back or forth to roll
your stationery bike, these foot pegs fold inwards as there is a spring in it.
while engaging the sidestand too, these rider foot peg gets in the way, proving
to be very irksome. It’s all about getting used to it, I presumed.
ENGINE & PERFORMANCE
you start the engine, the first thing you hear is the very royal sound. The
sound from the exhaust has a very perfect beat. And both while idling as well
as on the go, you also realise there is hardly any vibration.
Interceptor 650 is powered by the first modern Royal Enfield 650 twin engine.
This new platform is a single overhead cam, 8 valve, air/oil-cooled, 648cc
parallel twin, producing 47bhp and 52Nm of peak torque. The engine has a strong
low and mid-range performance, retaining the Royal Enfield character of
accessible torque through the rev range. This was quite evident when he hit the
almost empty roads. This mid range torque is what is important in real life
Interceptor 650 has a six-speed gearbox which has been especially developed for
this motorcycle. The gearbox gets a ‘slip/assist’ clutch that facilitates easy
riding in traffic with a light feel, and prevents wheel-hop when downshifting
gears. This was also a first when this bike was first introduced in its BS IV
good portion of the engine torque is available at a relatively low rpm level of
2500 RPM. That gear throws too are not inconveniently short and one can rode
along without frequently changing gears. Braking too is top notch with the twin
piston ByBre (By Brembo) callipers on 320mm floating disc in the front and a
240mm one at the rear along with Bosch dual-channel ABS.
Enfield has been constantly raising its bar on build and quality of its
motorcycles, besides performance. From a single cylinder 350cc technology,
expanding its range to 650cc parallel twin cylinder technology and that too
with a six speed gear box, is quite commendable. The Interceptor 650 with its
competitive pricing will make the world of powerful roadsters a lot more
accessible to eager riders. As for its performance, with its parallel twin
engine, it offers unparalleled fun! It’s best to call it an Unparalleled Twin!
x Width x height
x 789mm x 1165mm
stroke, single overhead cam, air-oil cooled, 648 cc parallel twin
kgs (no fuel)
tubular double cradle frame
41mm front fork, 110 mm travel
twin coil-over shock, gas charged 88mm travel. It also has a 5-stage pre-load
adjustment to allow for bespoke setting imparting the ride with effective
damping in all situations.
320 mm disc, ABS
240 mm disc. ABS
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