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EICMA 2017 – Twin-cylinder Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650 revealed

Parichay Malvankar
Written by Parichay Malvankar

After a long wait, the we finally get to see the real deal. And what’s interesting, is that a legendary nameplate comes back to life. Royal Enfield has revealed the twin-cylinder Interceptor INT 650 at the EICMA show in Milan today. The brand is working hard to gain more market share in the global mid-size motorcycle segment, and this bike could help them attract a new set of buyers.

With the 1960s era of motorcycling kept in mind, the Interceptor INT 650 comes with a classic tear-drop fuel tank design, quilted twin seats, wide braced handlebars, a new steel-tube cradle chassis, comfortable ergonomics, 18″ wheels, Pirelli tyres, twin shock aborbers, front & rear disc brakes with ABS, 174mm on ground clearance & seat height of 804 mm.

Powering the bike is an all-new engine. This motor is a single overhead cam, 8 valve, air/oil-cooled, 648cc parallel twin, producing 47 BHP and 52 Nm. The motor promises to deliver strong low and mid-range performance, typical of Royal Enfield models. The Interceptor INT 650 will also get a new 6-speed gearbox with a slipper assist clutch.

The chassis of the bike has been developed at Royal Enfield’s UK Technology Centre, and Harris Performance.

Royal Enfield plants to offer the Interceptor INT 650 in multiple colour options in standard & custom variants. Also, the bikes will come with a long list of official accessories.

The Interceptor has a spectacular history, as the first Royal Enfield that was built specifically for the American market. It achieved great popularity in California where the motorcycle aligned well with the relaxed, hippie and surfer culture. It is this iconic movement, and the original Interceptor, that are the inspiration behind the creation of the new Interceptor INT 650.

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Parichay Malvankar

Parichay Malvankar

Founder, owner and editor-in-chief of www.Shifting-Gears.com; a born gearhead, nothing apart from a set of wheels gets his pulse racing.