Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 1300 Mile Evaluation

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 in Orange Crush Livery

Let me go forward and clarify why this Evaluation is being executed at 1300 miles after I took possession of the bike and never sooner. The proprietor’s guide offers a beneficial break in interval of 1200 miles, since I’m a really specific one who believes in doing issues appropriately I caught to that. Let me go forward and say that my Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 has been completely dependable with no electrical or mechanical malfunction in anyway. I bought this motorbike this summer time with my very own funds and have full freedom to reward or disparage it as I see match. Right here’s the most effective phrase to explain the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, “It’s a wonderfully ample motorbike.” This isn’t meant to be disparaging, for a motorbike commuter like myself it’s excessive reward certainly.

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 tank
very good paint

The one shade that I needed was the Orange Crush model so I started to look supplier’s web sites and referred to as round searching for the machine I desired. Right here within the American southeast inside 3-400 miles of my residence the entire Orange Crush painted Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 s have been bought out and nobody might inform me how lengthy it could take to get one. Bikes of Charlotte had the most effective mixture of stock and costs available so I made a decision to go and buy no matter that they had in inventory and easily paint it orange once I received it residence. Sure I’m a adequate painter to take action and it could have had a greater than manufacturing facility look. Once I instructed Cameron the salesperson that I used to be working with, what my plans have been, he instructed that if I used to be keen to attend a month that they may get me the colour that I needed. So I put down a deposit and nearly precisely a month later went again to choose up my new motorbike. I’m grateful for Cameron & the remainder of the crew at Bikes of Charlotte for an excellent new bike gross sales expertise.

my new Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
The primary time I ever laid eyes on her.

Let’s begin by going over the nice and dangerous factors of the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 with what is totally the most effective factor about it, the looks. They received it proper, this motorbike has the traditional British motorbike look. The proportions and styling are spot on. The paint is excellent, a lot better than the outdated 500 Traditional Bullet that I reviewed a number of years in the past. One purpose I needed this shade combo was to get the silver wheels (all different colours include black wheels) which I desire. The shapes of the bodywork, engine and tank work collectively to recall the outdated Interceptor 700 from the golden age of the Britbike. The truth is once I was on my means residence with it on the provider behind my truck a gentleman whose dad had owned a number of outdated Royal Enfields flagged me down in order that he might take some photos of it. He thought it was a restoration and was shocked to seek out out it was model new. Should you don’t need to speak to strangers about your motorbike this isn’t a motorcycle for you. The phrase completely ample motorbike doesn’t apply to the appears of the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650. It’s a rolling murals straight out of the previous, and arguably the most effective wanting of the entire new “retro bikes” produced right this moment.

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
An amazing wanting motorbike!

Studying via the net boards and teams you’ll sometimes see posts about electrical issues most of which appear to be traceable to the dielectric grease on the prongs of the relays that function the circuits of the motorbike and are normally solved by cleansing them off. I’ve but to expertise any such issues with mine. It’s been completely dependable to date. After I put my deposit down I went residence and ordered a case of oil filters for it from a good vendor and a few good 10w50 artificial motorbike oil to have available for once they have been wanted. The manufacturing facility recommends getting the primary service executed at 300 miles. This appears a bit quickly by trendy requirements however this can be a actual classic model motorbike with actual locknut and screw valve adjusters, so I assume the manufacturing facility is being further cautious.

first service Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
Time for the primary service!

So at precisely 300.6 miles I pulled mine up on the desk and gave it a full service. I reside an hour and a half away from the closest supplier so I do my very own work until it’s a guaranty restore. This bike has one of many best valve changes I’ve ever carried out. 2 of the exhaust tappets have been a tiny bit free so I set these to spec. I’m not going via the service right here however it’s easy-peasy to carry out. Along with getting a service guide, go to YouTube and search for Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 service movies by Stuart Fillingham and also you’ll study all that you must know.

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 valve adjustment
It’s quite simple to test and alter the valves.

Dealing with and suspension are good. It’s constructed to a worth level and that exhibits some however the dealing with is sweet sufficient that you simply actually can experience it as is with none modifications if you happen to need. Should you’re planning on strafing apexes you’ll positively need to substitute the unique tires. I haven’t executed an excessive amount of twisty using right here within the flatlands however on the few curvy roads we’ve, I’ve discovered it to be greater than ample. The springs are a little bit smooth and the entrance finish dives beneath laborious braking however it has the nice dealing with traits that the outdated British bikes have been so well-known for, due to a body designed by Harris Efficiency in England. I’ll improve the suspension to do away with a number of the softness later however for now I’m really having fun with the comparatively plush smooth experience. Let’s face it if you happen to anticipate sport bike dealing with go get a sport bike however for the remainder of us that is completely ample as is. The identical goes for the braking system, it’s fundamental however the ABS works and it’s matched to the bikes energy & meant mission.

1st test ride Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

Consolation is a really subjective factor on a motorbike and what works for me could not be just right for you. Elements to improve and modify these bikes can be found everywhere in the web for very affordable costs so bear that in thoughts if you happen to attempt one and discover it uncomfortable. The seat is satisfactorily snug for me & I can experience affordable distances with no issues. I’ve not taken it on any actually lengthy journey but however don’t foresee me having any issues. Some homeowners have hated the seat and adjusted it instantly, the manufacturing facility accent improve may be very fairly priced. The foot peg location is one other factor lots of people complain about. The motive force’s foot pegs actually are situated proper the place you naturally attempt to drop your ft to the pavement whenever you cease. Lots of people purchase foot peg relocation kits to maneuver them and I can see doing this if you happen to’re taller or shorter than me. With my 29 inch inseam the pegs are in an excellent place for me once I’m really using, once I cease I’ve simply developed the behavior of placing my ft down behind the pegs. Driving consolation trumps consolation whereas stopped.

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 motopsyco

The one factor that was an actual downside for me was the extent of vibration felt via the handlebars. My day job is pc aided drafting and design, so I’ve arthritis and common repetitive movement deterioration of my palms and wrists. I put in a set of Grip Puppies over the inventory grips and that helped a great bit, however I wound up changing the handlebars and doing another mods that I’ll let you know about later that took care of my solely actual grievance.

Please observe the images used on this publish are of the 100% manufacturing facility inventory bike on the day I introduced it residence and don’t embody any of the modifications I’ve made since then. I’ll present you what I’ve executed to it later.

The charming classic expertise generated by using this motorbike is enormously aided by the normal air & oil cooled parallel twin engine. It does have a 270 diploma firing order as a substitute of a standard 180 or 360 diploma firing order. That is supposed to scale back vibration and provides a greater sounding syncopated exhaust observe. The Bosch gas injection system works flawlessly and there’s no heat up interval when chilly or stumbling such as you would have with a set of carburetors. What’s so classic about that you simply ask? Effectively nothing actually however it does have genuine classic energy ranges, most reported dyno assessments put it at 40-42 on the rear wheel. In 1965 this could have been a foul motor scooter, however right here in 2022 that’s not a lot. Sure pricey reader she’ll do the ton however don’t ask for a lot else. Efficiency is completely ample for getting forwards and backwards to work or cruising round wanting actually rattling good on the weekend however if you wish to go actually quick that you must get a special motorbike. There aren’t any experience modes or traction management, you don’t really want them on this machine.

flush cutting cable ties
Improperly reduce cable ties are a pet peeve of mine. Would somebody in India please purchase some flush wire cutters?

Even with the inventory exhaust the engine sound is nice with a cool little burble on the overrun whereas shifting or slowing down. There’s ample torque so that you simply don’t must hold rowing via the six pace gearbox until you need to. Whenever you run the engine as much as the redline the ability comes on stronger as you go 5000 rpm however watch out if you happen to hit the rev limiter at 7500 rpm it reduce’s the engine again laborious. The abruptness of the rev limiter signifies that if you happen to actually need to get max acceleration out of this motorbike that you must be sure to shift by 7200 rpm. Should you want most acceleration fairly often the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 won’t be the bike for you.

Talking of that 6 pace gearbox let me sing its praises. Made in India high quality has come a good distance because the days of the outdated iron barreled 500 Bullets. I’ve owned bikes from each continent and my love of Japanese bikes is properly documented however this Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 has the slickest shifting transmission of any motorbike I’ve ever ridden in my complete life.

No pace demon, not an enormous loud heavy cruiser, or an enormous touring bike, this motorbike is actually a newly minted classic model motorbike with simply the correct amount of contemporary electronics within the type of ABS and gas injection to do away with the classic shortcomings however with out extreme trendy digital gimmicks that always appear to be added to bikes (and vehicles) simply because they’ll. The speedometer & tachometer are good outdated analog gauges, solely the digital odometer and gas gauge give away the truth that this can be a new motorbike.

2nd floo Motorcycles of Charlotte.
Orange Crush high view

Small, uncomplicated and good wanting, (quite a bit like my spouse) until one thing actually dangerous occurs I feel this one is a keeper. My all-inclusive out the door price that I paid for this machine in June of 2022 was only a smidge over $7500. This contains gross sales tax & registration however not native property taxes. Once more I can not suggest Bikes of Charlotte extremely sufficient.

You could have seen that I hold calling this bike the Interceptor 650. The official North American mannequin designation is the INT650, the Interceptor title as utilized to bikes is legally owned by Honda who used it for his or her legendary line of V4 sport bikes. So fellow People whenever you go looking for considered one of these search for the INT650, you’ll be able to change the stickers later to look extra like the unique Royal Enfield Interceptor of the Sixties.

Royal Enfield Int650
Royal Enfield Int650