Instrumentation, equipment and other features
Speaking of instrumentation, it has a retro look featuring a twin-pod cluster, a small digital pod that displays fuel level, an analog speed, odometer, and two-trip meter. A simple round headlamp has been put to do the job on both front and rear.
Interceptor 650 by Royal Enfield is available in 6 color schemes. Four of them are in single colors namely – silver, grey, orange, and black. It’s also available in twin-tone paint scheme namely red/silver and red/black.
This motorcycle carries a long list of accessories. Some of the accessories for interceptor 650 are available at LLUVIA Industries.
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 carries a price tag of around 2.5 lakhs. With this price range, it’s supposed to be competing with the likes of Kawasaki Z650, KTM 390 Duke, and Harley-Davidson Street 750.
Ergonomics and Comfort
In terms of the ride quality, at low speeds, things may seem plush and the bike may easily flatten out any bumps and potholes. The rider may not feel any wallowing. However, as the bike slowly picks-up the speed, the ride may become more subjected to deep troughs. The rear end may feel like bottoming out.
In terms of ergonomics, – the handlebar, the footpeg, and the triangular-shaped seat make for a considerably comfortable ride. The structure supports upright seating which may be ideal for slow speed commuting and rides on poor roads. To further enable an ideal riding position essential for tireless handling of the bike on the road, LLUVIA industrials has in store handlebar raisers for Interceptor 650. This accessory is guaranteed to improve city handling and reduce the efforts needed for making sharp U-turns.
Design and Features
The bike features round headlamps, a teardrop-shaped fuel tank, and a twin-pod instrument cluster. The design approach is rather straightforward. Designing of the instrument cluster is also rather basic. There is also no gear position or range indicator.
Braking and Handling
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 sits on a twin-cradle tubular steel frame which the company has designed in collaboration with Harris Performance – a subsidiary of Eicher.
In comparison with the double-cradle frame of Continental GT 535, Interceptor 650 showcases higher torsional stiffness. The same becomes more apparent when a rider flicks the bike around corners. In terms of suspension component, Interceptor carries 41mm forks with twin shock absorbers. The bike features 18-inch alloy spoke rims on both ends. The maker of the tires is Pirelli Sportscomp who have designed and built them specifically for this particular bike and model.
The bike weighs close to 202 kg (without fuel). However, on the road, it feels rather quick. The straight-line stability of the bike is also satisfactory, which might be due to the 1400 wheelbase structure supporting the bike. The heavyweight of the bike might make fixing and maneuvering a little challenging. To fix that, users can go with accessories for Interceptor 650 by LLUVIA industries; specifically LUPOD, which is basically a jack for motorcycles. It will hold the rear of the bike so you can fix a puncture or take care of the chain.
Interceptor 650 carries a standard dual-channel ABS. Other than that, the bike doesn’t carry any additional electronic aids. In terms of braking, the makers have given the bike front and rear discs of 320mm and 240mm respectively.
Interceptor 650 by Royal Enfield is a global product. Company has designed and built the motorcycle in a way that makes it ideal for both abroad and local markets. It is a standard bike with a retro design theme. That might be the reason behind bike’s stellar sales and popularity in the 2-wheeler market.
In India, it’s supposed to be one of the most affordable multi-cylinder bikes competing with the likes of Harley Davidson.