Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 | First Ride Review | Exhaust Sound, Top Speed & Mileage ZigWheels.com

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 | First Ride Review | Exhaust Sound, Top Speed & Mileage ZigWheels.com


Guys we have a problem actually I think
I definitely have a problem yeah no no I’m not trying to say that Royal
Enfield’s hotly-anticipated interceptor is the problem no and yes it
is the 650cc twin cylinder royal enfield feel that we’ve all been waiting for the
problem is the questions that you want answered well not all of them one in
particular and I’ve got a whole list of questions that you asked us to answer so
let’s tackle them one by one starting with the easy ones first first up how
much will it cost under two and a half lakh rupees ex-showroom or about less
than 3 lakh rupees on-road for this 650 CC twin cylinder Royal Enfield that’s
incredible value you’re excited aren’t you but how is Royal Enfield managed to
pull this off well by making some crucial decisions for instance no upside
on Forks in the front the engine is air and oil cool it is a liquid cool which would have made it heavier and more expensive and of course that isn’t
a hugely powerful engines were 47 on spine could have done with more but that
would have made it you know more expensive to make as well and when you
look at the suspension there’s no bonus shot but you look at what you’ve got
from of this price you’ve still got a solid package I love the chrome bits
like the handlebar with the brace in the middle you look at that solid do cradle
frame going down that’s holding it all together the fantastic finish for the
exhaust or the shocks and of course the fact that you’ve got spoke alloy rims Pirelli Phantom sport comm tires you’ve got really good kit on offer here that price tag might make you wonder is the
Interceptor solid enough let’s find out you know it does look well finish you
look at that handlebar with that brace which feels solid then there’s this tank
which looks so well painted and you don’t want it feels solid I mean it
feels like it’s well put together better than anything we’ve seen in the past and
I know we said this for the Himalayan as well when we first wrote it but this
feels whole several runs better than would be experienced on the Himalayan
here we really have nothing to nitpick about this feels like an all-new body in
terms of expectation setting okay so on some fronts it’s not like
what we’ve come to expect from our ease which is great but on some fronts we
want it to be like in our ease what I mean is does it still have the tongue well no but there is a new bit in town
and from the stock exhaust what you get is a mellow Rumble one that you’ll
appreciate even at the end of a 500 kilometer right but I can tell you that
most rem enthusiasts would love a bit more volume what’s next what’s next
ah kitna deti hai but Royal Enfield so kitna vibrate karti h chai kaa cup hai kya…..chai kaa cup now we know it’s a royal enfield it’s hard to
believe right I wouldn’t have expected to stay there for anything above 2,000
rpm but it does and it surprises you on the road as well 100 kilometers an hour
6 gear 4000 rpm smooth butter smooth and even if you go faster like you go into
higher rpms to seven and a half thousand rpm with the limiter cuts in even over
there you’ll get barely anything more than a throne with the bars or through
the seat that’s it so if you want to really pin this open on a highway you
could do that as well and actually make quick effortless progress is this a
Royal Enfield I’m talking about a and of course where are the questions well when you start up from Delhi and head to Chandigarh you’ll really enjoy
that engine because you’ve got so much talk and it is smooth so which means you
can cruise comfortably 100 feels nice and easy and 120 that’s pretty much fun
as well and you also get a nice bump a nd talk around the 3000 RPM mark which
means overtaking well that’s not a bother either and if you really want to
make a quick pass that’s not one gear that’s about all you’ll need and a
closed loop fuel injection system means that it won’t splatter on its way up to
Tonga and LA sitting position nice upright roomy it is comfy what will be
painful though is the seat it’s too soft which means you’ll start feeling the
rails underneath pretty soon and that’s something that will also apply to your
pillion and whether you carrying a pillion or
luggage do remember to up the preload on the rear shocks because the suspension
is set on the softer side which is great for everyday use for a single rider but
for longer rides to remember to make it a little bit stiffer otherwise you’ll
end up feeling a lot of shocks from poor road surfaces and on those surfaces you
will feel that this gets a little bit bouncy that aside you look at the seat
it’s slim long so you can pack in a lot of luggage and there’s that tank which
actually looks short and broad and you think that would really hold a lot of
fuel but it gets 13.7 litres and when you combine that with its fuel
efficiency on the highway of about 25 or so you get a range of over 300
kilometers well over 300 but if you want to go from tandy delay you know what
you’re going to have to do right what I’m saying is just to be safe
carry some backup now these 18 spoke alloy wheels look beautiful and will
give you that classic retro feel when you’re out there traveling distances but
keep one thing in mind while the tires are the tubeless type on this rim you’ll
have to run it with the tube which means in case you get a puncture a puncture
wallah I’d better be close by but if you’re worried about ground
clearance for those river crossings don’t be because the interceptor has 174
millimeters of ground clearance that’s 40 millimeters more than a
classic 350 I know some of you are going to say forget
about Ladakh what about lokhandwala yeah what’s it
gonna be like in the city and just be fair we didn’t go to Ladakh or lokhandwala the Interceptor cruises on the highway
and it can do the same in the city too that’s because it’s got so much torque
right from 1500 rpm that’s spending the entire day in third or fourth gear 30 40
kilometers an hour really isn’t a hassle and then the 6-speed gearbox is snake
the clutch is light and you just roll on the gas in third or fourth and it just
marches ahead smartly it’s not like super quick but it is more than you
would have expected from something that seems like such a simple engine as such
and considering it’s an air-cooled engine you might have been worried about
heat but in our experience in the city yes it got hot but did it cook our
thighs no it did not and that isn’t everything either because
there’s the weight to think about this in the statement given by Royal Enfield
weighs 202 kilograms but that’s without fuel so we estimate this to be about 210
kilograms which is about 18 kilos more than a Thunderbird 350 that is a bit and
you do feel some of it while commuting in the city it isn’t as much as you’d
expect but you do feel the weight at the bars when you steer it around
the really sharps during geometry certainly lightens the load of the bars
but it can’t make all that weight disappear when you get riding it’s not so apparent
it’s especially when you’re parking or moving it around in parking spots that
you will feel the weight quite apparently there’s one thing I’d like to
warn you about especially at low speeds and paddling around in the city take
care of the foot pegs because of the large engine they have been pushed
outwards and in case of emergencies when you want to get a foot down you tend to
fumble with them that is until you get used to them so yeah keep that in mind
and as for Shorty’s a seat height of eight hundred four millimeters isn’t all
that much and it does make it that much easier to manage the weight even when
you’re paddling at low speeds so in Condor it can commute as you have
expected but can it keep up with your fast friends that work yeah sorry well I certainly wasn’t expecting this
the Interceptor it’s quick in a straight line from zero to hundred it will run
really close with the KTM 392 so yes this bike has space and even if you open
up in gear and accelerate and go head to head with something like a KTM 392 which
is known for being great value for money and really important in terms of
performance the Interceptor it might run a little bit behind but it can hold its
own and it doesn’t just stop over there in terms of braking performance it stops
shorter than a 390 Duke and on par with something like a Kawasaki Vulcan S so
that is impressive performance from this floating 320 mm Brembos up front and
those purely tires that it’s got however there’s one thing I like to point out
and that’s the ABS on looser surfaces doesn’t feel very consistent the braking
could have felt more confidence inspiring on that front but if you just
check it around corners nice sweepers you’ll find that it flows really nicely
it has a lot of confidence but if you really start hustling it that’s when it
starts feeling a little bit nervous but it won’t make you feel nervous
that is a definite upside it’ll just let you get a hint and you should probably
back off now let me say this loud and clear the
braking power on the Interceptor is phenomenal check out these numbers even
if it is stopping one meter earlier it is commendable because the re is heavier
than these bikes and it continues to Wow let me explain the ultra sharp rake
angle for the steering and the short trail are responsible for somewhat
fidgety steering which can also catch ruts or undulations also the sidewall of
the Pirelli at the rear squishes a bit and therefore it does what it does
treading over wet roads I would recommend taking some care especially at
first and on a side note when you hug the tank hard it will dig into your
thighs and that’s all makes me wonder what the Continental GT will be like well the Interceptor is doing many
things well and taking royal enfield into a whole new level and actually this
is something we’ve never done before as well so yeah it’s going well but what
could royal enfield have done better on the Interceptor bear with us guys we’re
bringing you the answers that they is turning tonight but here’s the answer
for this question and that is yes it could have done with a little bit more
advanced for instance the headlamp is that
old-school prismatic cover for the lamp it does its job well it illuminates the
road well it’s got great throw but it just looks old and then there’s that
instrument cluster it looks too simple for a bike that’s looking take the Royal
Enfield Rider to a new level of experiences a whole new level of
richness that doesn’t quite cut it in the interest of being classical some
things have taken a hit conveniences like a gear position indicator mirrors
that actually show you what’s behind you are necessities for me today well we are
really close to the question that I’d love to avoid but before we get there
this question is what you want answer should you buy an interceptor 650 I’m going to answer that a little bit
differently by trying to highlight why you shouldn’t buy an RE interceptor and
I know we are kind of in the twilight zone but this is for real this
motorcycle it’s kind of hard to fault it does so many things and does them so
well that you’d end up reaching out for the keys of the Interceptor way more
than you originally expected yes I did think it was going to play to my heart a
bit more but it’s actually playing more to this and when you factor in the price
this ends up seeming like a versatile sensible package that’s really hard to
resist the interceptors charm will creep up on you it’s a motorcycle with a lot
of maturity and if you are a similar kind of rider you know what to do and finally the question that I would
have loved to dodge should you buy one now the first slot well when he first wrote the Himalayan
media bikes we were hugely impressed and we stood up and watched for it and then
you know what happened and this time around with the interceptor the
feeling’s pretty much the same but on a whole different level this motorcycle
really feels very impressive very well built and so I would love to stand up
for it but this time around I’m gonna just hold back for now and here’s a
bonus question and it’s for you you couch potatoes get those fingers moving
and punch in some comments below let us know what you thought of the Interceptor
650 from Royal Enfield did it excite you
if yes tell us why if not can we drop a thought in your head what do you think
about a Himalayan 650 does that excite you well let us know in the comments and
while we wait for that to turn into reality there’s something else that’s
already here and that’s the Interceptor sibling the Continental GT 650 we’ll be
riding that soon and we’ll bring you a review of that you’re on ZigWheels so
stay tuned