2019 Royal Enfield INT650

A classic take on the Indian manufacturer’s middleweight twin

2019 Royal Enfield INT650
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Most motorcyclists these days associate the Interceptor moniker with Honda, but former British bike-maker Royal Enfield had an Interceptor model—a parallel twin ranging in displacement over the years from 692cc to 736cc—long before Honda introduced its groundbreaking V-4 sportbike in 1983. Unfortunately for Royal Enfield, which is now Indian owned, Honda has trademarked the Interceptor name in the US, so the classically styled machine seen here is simply known as the INT650. Just like its cousin, the Continental GT, the INT650 has a steel double-downtube cradle frame with sporty steering geometry, a conventional fork, twin shocks, ABS-equipped disc brakes, and wire-spoked 18-inch wheels.

Unlike the café-racer-styled Continental GT with its clip-on handlebars, the INT650 has a crossbar-equipped high-rise tubular bar mounted to the top triple clamp. The seat is much longer and significantly better-padded (upping seat height by nearly half an inch) with plenty of room for both rider and passenger. The footpegs are moved forward about 1.5 inches and lowered half as much. Finally, the INT650 has a teardrop-style gas tank minus the knee cutouts of the Continental GT’s fuel cell, giving the INT650 a little more capacity.

Likes: Good low-end and midrange power; cruises at highway speeds with ease

Dislikes: Smallish gas tank; no protection from the elements; tubed tires

Verdict: Retro-cool authenticity with modern-day approachability

2019 Royal Enfield INT650 Reviews And Comparisons

“The more comfy seating arrangement of the INT650 is immediately noticeable,” contributing editor Kent Kunitsugu wrote in his riding impression, “with an overall feel that harkens back to the do-it-all motorcycles of the 1960s and ’70s prevalent in California—the same fun culture that inspired the original Interceptor during that time.”

2019 Royal Enfield INT650 Competition

Retro-style streetbikes represent a growing percentage of the motorcycle populace, with BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, and Triumph, to name a few, producing machines that look like they could have rolled off the assembly line 40 or more years ago. The 2019 Royal Enfield INT650 may be the most authentic—and certainly affordable—example.

2019 Royal Enfield INT650 Specifications And Pricing

Give yourself an eye-popping reason to wake every morning. The 2019 Royal Enfield INT650 is available in six color choices, including three two-tones: Ravishing Red ($5,799), Orange Crush ($5,799), Silver Spectre ($5,799), Mark Three ($5,799), Baker Express ($5,999), and Glitter And Dust ($6,499).

Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $5,799
Engine Air-/oil-cooled, SOHC, parallel twin
Displacement 648cc
Bore x Stroke 78.0mm x 67.8mm
Horsepower 42.5 hp @ 6,820 rpm
Torque 37.5 lb.-ft. @ 5,010 rpm
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 31.6 in.
Rake 24.0°
Trail 4.1 in.
Front Suspension 41mm; 4.5-in. travel
Rear Suspension Preload adjustable; 3.5-in. travel
Front Tire 100/90-18
Rear Tire 130/70-18
Fuel Capacity 3.6 gal.
Wheelbase 55.1 in.
Claimed Wet Weight 445 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height N/A
Wet Weight 471 lb.
Rear-Wheel Horsepower 42.6 hp @ 6,800 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque 37.5 lb.-ft. @ 5,000 rpm
0–60 mph N/A
1/4-mile N/A
Braking 30–0 mph N/A
Braking 60–0 mph N/A
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2019 Royal Enfield INT650
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