What happens when modernity meets the classics? The Interceptor 650 happens.
This motorcycle has just brought the classic Interceptor motif back into the limelight in a revolutionary revival that has been rocking the world of motorcycles, superbikes, and scooters since 1960.
The Revival of the Interceptor
Royal Enfield’s Interceptor series initially ran from 1960 to 1970 and has since been dubbed one of the best classic cruisers from the 60s and 70s. Thanks to the engineers and designers over at Royal Enfield, after nearly 40 years of consumers begging for it, the Interceptor returned in 2018.
Considering that the engineers just put the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 in for its second year of production (2019), it’s safe to say things are looking pretty good, both for the company and the Interceptor revival.
Making a Modern Enfield
A lot has changed since 1970, especially for Royal Enfield. Considering the fact that the majority of the firm’s design and engineering research and development at that time was conducted in a now-defunct headquarters and yet they still occupy a major market cap, it’s no controversial claim to say that Royal Enfield has come quite far.
The modernized engine used in the revived Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is a slightly smaller engine that packs a much bigger punch. We’ll explain in more detail in the comparative analysis below.
The Classic or the Revival?
The chicken or the egg, the original or the sequel, the classic or the homage? This question has plagued history since the dawn of philosophy. Even Plato mused about the subject! Naturally, people are just as torn about the newest addition to the Interception series.
Royal Enfield Interceptor Series 1, Series 1A, and Series 2 (1960-1970)
These three models, though each featured improvements on the design, were all technically part of the same generation in the Interceptor series: the classic generation.
They featured engines sized approximately 692cc with options for larger, 736cc air-cooled engine displacements.
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 (2018-present)
The revival generation, first produced in 2018, is an almost total revolution in the Interceptor’s design. Although the two generations share many similarities, particularly in the aesthetic, where it counts the most, the differences in the engines speak for volumes.
The modern Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 features a four-stroke, parallel twin, SOHC engine with a displacement of only 646cc and an improved 47 horsepower.
What’s New for the Interceptor 650?
Short answer: pretty much nothing. Aside from having been continued, which pretty much every auto-aficionado had been expecting would happen, not much has changed for the 650.
The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 currently has no major screen time to its name; however, the Interceptor series in general does have four recognized credits under its belt.
There is a massive following for the Interceptor 650 on Facebook. In fact, one group, titled Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650, has more than 17,000 members.
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 – A Classic Revival
Although the phrase “classic revival” is almost oxymoronic, there’s nothing moronic about the design of the Interceptor 650. In two short years, this revival had already gathered the fame and renown that so many originals fail to achieve in their lifetimes.