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Old 6th December 2018, 14:21   #16
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Thank You CrAzY dRiVeR.

One of the best reviews I have read on the twins recently, and uncovers quite a bit not noticed/ heard/ read earlier. I had no doubts over my booking, but Your review strengthens the fact.
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Old 6th December 2018, 14:24   #17
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Rated a much deserved 5 stars.
It is a complete and detailed review of the two exciting bikes. It covers all questions anyone might have about these bikes.
Hats off to your efforts @Crazy Driver.
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Thank CrAzY dRiVeR! What a brilliant review!
(Dare I say more detailed than Official Reviews )

When RE announced the bike, I was immensely skeptical of their ability to pull off twins. But clearly I have been proved very wrong.

I am planning on test ride this weekend and then lets see how it goes. Just maybe I will get my Duke successor.

My only concern with the bike is the lack of traditional Bullet stance. Hopefully they put this engine in the Classic frame.

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Old 6th December 2018, 14:31   #19
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Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

Interceptor 650 is the more mature version among the twins, designed to be a modern retro classic roadster which is easy to ride. Royal Enfield claims to have taken inspiration for this new machine from their iconic machine of the same name from the 60s.

The fact that you kept that cute little fellow in the bottom left corner of the frame says a lot!

For that alone, I rate this review a 5*

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Default Re: Ridden: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650 Twin

I started reading this review and was glued to it. After some time, I scrolled back to check the title of this thread wondering is it an official review of motorcycles?

Thanks, CrAzY dRiVeR, for the excellent review of both the motorcycles. This is a perfect thread to know everything about these two bikes. I think people interested in these two motorcycles should visit this thread instead of RE's website.

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Excellent and a very comprehensive review!
Hope that the engine and the electrical stuff are reliable in the long run. Apart from that, absolutely no issues I could think of after the test ride.
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What a well thought out review! Let me go ahead and say that this is easily as good as our official car reviews. Your first hand knowledge of biking comes through very well. Even a guy like me, who last rode a bike thirteen years ago, was totally totally immersed in the review. Definitely the best review of the twins I've seen on the web.

And yes, a double thumbs up for featuring a four legged friend in one of the pictures
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Thanks for a wonderful detailed review.

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However, there are a couple of issues I had noticed during the ride - 1. The vehicle had a slight tendency to side track when rolling over the white lane markers on the road
Is this due to tyres? Riding on white markers are anyways best avoided on any bike due to slippery surface.

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Probably explains why the GT gets a heel protector whereas the Interceptor doesn't.
Even interceptor 650 gets a heel protector/guard, check this post (The Royal Enfield Interceptor & Continental 650. EDIT: Launched @ Rs 2.50 - 2.65 lakhs).

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Seating posture - Not as relaxed as a Bullet, but just as any other modern retro classic would feel. There is a slight forward bias, though not enough to complain about the weight being felt on the wrists
How much distance did you cover in your ride? Is riding position comfortable enough for continuous riding of 2 hours or so?

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Many people seems to have complaints regarding the footpeg position - that it interferes when you place the feet on the ground, however - I did not face this issue.
Agree. I also didn't face any problem during short test ride, perhaps have a habit of keeping legs away from bike.

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Strangely enough - the seat of the GT650 is better suited for touring and pillion than that of the Interceptor 650
Did you ride with GT650 seat on interceptor 650?

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The only two things that bothered me

1. The exposed bit for wiring on the sensors on the exhaust (pic below)
2. The ECU beneath the seat
Exposed sensor wires can be covered with shrink wrap & ECU with a plastic during wash. I wonder if regular wash guy would take pains to remove side panel and then a seat to expose ECU to water spray.
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Excellent review, Crazy_Driver! This one was nothing less than a Team-BHP official review. I mean, the details you have covered on both the bikes simultaneously are just amazing. Thank you for taking the time out to test ride and draft such a review for the forum readers.

Mods, I seriously think that we should start having official reviews for bikes as well.
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Exposed sensor wires can be covered with shrink wrap & ECU with a plastic during wash. I wonder if regular wash guy would take pains to remove side panel and then a seat to expose ECU to water spray.



The same thought did cross my mind (heat shrink wrap the exposed wire at the sensor's neck), but I wonder if that would mean the wires would need to be snipped (warranty!!!) at either end. Not sure how the connectors at the other end of the wires are ... if they can be removed and affixed back easily..

Unless specifically instructed, I doubt the guys at the wash would bother ... so some jugaad/diy style cover/protector might be required ..
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Thanks a lot for the review painstakingly done!

I noticed the brown color at the end of exhaust, your pictures and at the showroom. Is that rust?


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Here's a dyno report that shows something similar - 44HP at the wheels -
This video is missing.

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No doubt, right till the end, I really did think I was reading the OFFICIAL REVIEW - excellent detailed write-up.
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Thanks a lot for the review painstakingly done!

I noticed the brown color at the end of exhaust, your pictures and at the showroom. Is that rust?
This is something I noticed on a brand new showroom bike too. Looked like rust to me!
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Very detailed review. I couldn't believe that this is not an official review until I red all the way down. Great coverage of the bike. My only concern is can we mount saddle bags and do two up touring with comfort considering the exhaust pipes' design?
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Sorry I'm not able to reply to everyone. Will get back soon, currently at office.

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This video is missing.
Yes. Seems to have been removed. Moderators are editing it out. However, here is a screenshot I had shared in the earlier thread last week.

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