Niche bike maker Royal Enfield has recorded a volume growth of 96% in the international markets in the financial year 2020. Its model Interceptor 650 has been the top-selling motorcycle in the UK in the month of June according to the Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCIA) data for the more than 125cc motorcycles category. The Chennai based company’s latest innovation has also topped the list in the highest selling motorcycle in the middleweight segment (250cc-750cc) in the UK for the last 12 months along with the company’s Himalayan at number four position.
Interceptor 650 uses a six-speed gearbox, specially developed for the 650 Twin, thoroughly tested on proving grounds, race tracks, and public roads, with selected gear ratios chosen to deliver the best blend for all riding conditions. The gearbox is supplemented by a slipper clutch that has an assist feature for light lever feel.
For the authentic classic look, the beast comes with 18” front and rear wheels, both with 36 spoke aluminum alloy rims. The twin ByBre calipers grab a 320 mm floating disc in the front and a 240 mm one at the rear with a Bosch dual-channel ABS providing strong, predictable stopping power.
The 648 cc engine is developed for real-world riding, with sufficient power to make it convenient for city traffic or cruise effortlessly on the open road. While offering a very usable 47 horsepower at 7150 RPM and a maximum of 52 Nm torque at 5250 RPM, the secret of the new 650 Twin lies in the way the power is delivered. 80% of the torque is available as low as 2500 RPM throughout the rev range so that the engine delivers smooth and rapid progress without the need for constant gear changes. The counterbalanced crankshaft with a 270-degree firing order ensures a prototypical twin-cylinder, a deep burbling exhaust note, and minimal vibrations. The 4-valves per cylinder increase the engine efficiency resulting in better fuel economy & performance.