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Old 1st February 2024, 09:48   #4216
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Re: Ridden: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650 Twin

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Dec-Jan rides and crossing 21,000 kms on my 4 years young Interceptor.


Congratulations on the 21K kms.
Whats the make of the top box that you are using?
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Old 1st February 2024, 10:55   #4217
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Re: Ridden: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650 Twin

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1. What made you decide on the model- Interceptor or Continental GT respectively? Upright riding geometry. A rider usually would know the ergonomics that suits him.
2. How has your ownership experience so far been? Fairly good with some electrical issues in between (battery & RR unit and a leaky rear suspension), replaced under warranty.
3. Spokes vs Alloys is a never ending debate. What made you decide on either of them? I prefer the looks of spokes over the RE alloys. Did not have a choice at the time of purchase, else would have opted for alloys for tubeless peace of mind.
4. I donít plan to take long rides but is the stock seat comfortable enough or should I switch to the touring seat? Stock is not comfortable, could look at alternatives, only after spending some time with the bike.
5. Which RE accessories would you recommend- bar end mirrors, sump guard, etc? Crash-guard & sump-guard are decent quality. Mirrors are personal choice, stock serves well.
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Old 1st February 2024, 12:42   #4218
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Re: Ridden: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650 Twin

Finally, I got Alloys while retaining the stock Pirelli. Total cost is around 24729 which includes paid service, alloys, labor, RR Unit (~2400) and other consumables like engine oils, filters and cables.
Please advise, if it is worth to also swapping the headlight with a new LED which costs around 6500 or do we have any other option available at a lower price.
This is a very low-run motorcycle, in the last 4 years, odo is just 1900 KM. I spent more on service than overall petrol expense .

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

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Finally, I got Alloys while retaining the stock Pirelli. Total cost is around 24729 which includes paid service, alloys, labor, RR Unit (~2400) and other consumables like engine oils, filters and cables.
Please advise, if it is worth to also swapping the headlight with a new LED which costs around 6500 or do we have any other option available at a lower price.
This is a very low-run motorcycle, in the last 4 years, odo is just 1900 KM. I spent more on service than overall petrol expense .
My friend owns a 21í Interceptor and his cousin owns a 23í gt 650. They both went for a ride to Munnar ( hill station) he said that the halogen setup in his 21í model was far better than the LED setup in the new bike.
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Re: Ridden: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650 Twin

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Finally, I got Alloys while retaining the stock Pirelli. Total cost is around 24729 which includes paid service, alloys, labor, RR Unit (~2400) and other consumables like engine oils, filters and cables.
Please advise, if it is worth to also swapping the headlight with a new LED which costs around 6500 or do we have any other option available at a lower price.
This is a very low-run motorcycle, in the last 4 years, odo is just 1900 KM. I spent more on service than overall petrol expense .
I upgraded the bulb on my 2019 Interceptor 650 to a Philips Racingvision halogen (https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B09...?ie=UTF8&psc=1). Significant improvement in lighting at a pretty nominal cost. I like this better than the LED option.
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Re: Ridden: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650 Twin

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I upgraded the bulb on my 2019 Interceptor 650 to a Philips Racingvision halogen (https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B09...?ie=UTF8&psc=1). Significant improvement in lighting at a pretty nominal cost. I like this better than the LED option.
Is it a straight fit like the stock bulb? May I know how long you have been using the bulb and have you had any issues?
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Is it a straight fit like the stock bulb? May I know how long you have been using the bulb and have you had any issues?
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It is a straight fit into the existing socket. I have been using it for 6 months now and have had no problems.
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Old 1st February 2024, 16:50   #4223
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Re: Ridden: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650 Twin

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Has your bike retained its initial appeal after covering 21,000 km, or has it lost some of its refinement , charm etc along the way? If so what difference do you feel.
Short answer, no. Long answer, wait for my annual service update. I thought you already bought that Interceptor. Frankly, you're overthinking about odo reading, maintenance matters! A well used, well maintained vehicle can be better than a less run, standing bike. This is a debate for another day.

To summarize, follow what @sandeepmohan had suggested you, benchmark a new Inty test ride against the prospects in the used market. You should be mature enough to understand that a showroom test ride bike can also be in bad shape without proper service.

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Congratulations on completing 4 years and covering 21,000 kilometers with your Interceptor. The bike's aesthetic appeal is impressive, and it appears to be meticulously maintained.
I'm curious to know whether the alloy wheels are OEM or aftermarket. If they are OEM, have you encountered any challenges in obtaining them from the company?
Thanks a ton. I believe, half the problems are solved if your vehicle is kept clean. When I'm not riding, I'm cleaning the bike myself. Contrary to the popular trend my bike has no ceramic/ppf done. I've tried out many waxes and polishes in paste, liquid and spray form depending on the time I've with the bike.
Recently, I've started using a cover to avoid the cement like dust on it due to endless construction in my area.
The alloys are from RE, I visited showroom and service centre once each and didn't get constructive feedback from them regarding the availability. Plus I needed new tubeless tyres, so I reached out to a FNG (Friendly Neighborhood Garage) who procured both for me, details here (Ridden: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650 Twin). See showroom and service centres have other businesses to cater to but these RE spares provider have only one business and I think the latter works better for us.

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Congratulations on the 21K kms.
Whats the make of the top box that you are using?
It's from a company called Epicase from Bangalore. Now they have changed to Case-N-Foam. The guy behind it is Anand. These are general purpose boxes and you've to work out your mounting options, details here (Ridden: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650 Twin).

Ridden: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650 Twin-img_20231125_14075001.jpeg
I need a buffing machine for the engine casings, with hand polish they appear smooth but the shine is not enough. I may give it to an expert to work on it.

Happy riding,
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Old 1st February 2024, 21:42   #4224
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Re: Ridden: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650 Twin

Went for a Test Ride to Voyage Motors Kandivali. They had an Interceptor but didnít have the Continental GT stating that it has gone for service and will call me once it is back.

Test ride observations-
For context, I have ridden only RE Electra 2001 and Classic 350 since 2020. Never rode any other bike except for R15 for a very brief time.

It was a 2018 Interceptor with decent miles on it.
Ridden: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650 Twin-img_6428.jpeg

Ridden: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650 Twin-img_6427.jpeg

Immediately as I sat on the Interceptor I could feel the weight of the bike. The test ride was supposed to be a short 3 km one. As soon as I started it, I realised why sandeepmohan sir said an aftermarket exhaust is a no brainer although I loved the stock exhaust symphony. Considering the engine was a step above my current steeds, I took it slow initially to open the throttle. On the go it was easy to manoeuvre and frankly was taken aback by the power. Must admit it was a bit scary once I opened the throttle since I had never experienced such power on a bike before(Litre class riders laughing at me ). Completed the short ride and gave back the keys.

I called multiple dealerships around 5km radius but none had the Continental GT for Test Ride. One thing that bugged me was that you need to go through the RE Helpline every time you call any dealership.

Headed home but dropped to another RE service centre as I wanted some parts for my bike. Turns out it is also a stockyard and if I book the bike in the earlier mentioned showroom then I need to collect the bike from here. Win-win as it is ~1km away from home and easy for PDI too. They had chrome, green and the new Black colour Continental GT over there.
Ridden: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650 Twin-img_6429.jpeg

Will update once I ride the Continental GT. Thank you for your suggestions and reading.
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Re: Ridden: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650 Twin

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Is it a straight fit like the stock bulb? May I know how long you have been using the bulb and have you had any issues?
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Another option is the Aux 6k Led bulb which is a straight fit too. It works for me as intended. The restriction being the refelctor the bike has. You can refer my post on it ;
https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/motor...r-650-a-3.html (My midlife crisis fix : 2022 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650)

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Will update once I ride the Continental GT. Thank you for your suggestions and reading.
If you are planning on doing long rides often, go for the Interceptor. If it is going to be mostly a city run about and for short weekend highway rides, then GT is good enough.
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Old 2nd February 2024, 13:27   #4226
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Another option is the Aux 6k Led bulb which is a straight fit too. It works for me as intended. The restriction being the refelctor the bike has. You can refer my post on it ;
https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/motor...r-650-a-3.html (My midlife crisis fix : 2022 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650)
I read your thread, as I always do for anything to do with the Interceptor. I read you were not very impressed with the high beam and that is what I was looking for. Let me see how it goes. I will do a bit more reading and decide.
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Re: Ridden: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650 Twin

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I read your thread, as I always do for anything to do with the Interceptor. I read you were not very impressed with the high beam and that is what I was looking for. Let me see how it goes. I will do a bit more reading and decide.
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Yes, that is because the difference between high and low is negligible. But over time, I have noticed that the high beam helps in being noticed when I am behind a vehicle and going to overtake it. It is just that the low beam spread is good enough that the high beam doesn't illuminate much farther on a dark empty road, But is way better than the stock bulb. You are free to check it out on my bike if you want to, when you visit Bangalore.
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You are free to check it out on my bike if you want to, when you visit Bangalore.
Thank you. I am in Bengaluru on the 11 th of this month. I shall message you a couple of days before. Nothing helps decide better than a first hand looksee.
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Re: Ridden: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650 Twin

Battery Change in my 2021 Interceptor 650



Crossed 14,000KMs on my 2021 Int 650, an everyday bike for me. Just recently changed to a new pair of boots and within a few days the battery started to act up.

Manifestation of the issue
One evening, was riding back from a friend's place and noticed the battery indication pop up, I assumed it was a faulty indication due to the recent bike wash and kept riding. Few minutes later, I stopped at a signal and the RPM started to fluctuate and eventually the bike shut down. Upon restarting, the initial crank was delayed by 2-3 seconds. Decided to park the bike for some time thinking it was over heating since, it was a first-time experience for me. 15 minutes later, I started the bike. The warning went out as usual and the ride back home was peaceful.

Fast forward to a week later.
This time, the effects were severe. Riding back from university, battery warning popped up after 15 minutes of riding, power delivery was slowed (could be placebo) and I was in a fear that the bike will stop anywhere. Unfortunately, I had to stop by at a bank to finish some paperwork and that is where it hit me that the battery is done, motorcycle failed to crank at the first instance so I restarted the sequence and it cranked up the engine, immediately the horn was very meek to a point where it was like a weird hum. Rode back home, got in touch with SVC and they asked me to bring the bike in for a checkup.

After waiting for close to 2 hours, the mechanic at the SVC informed me to leave the bike overnight and they would diagnose the issue. A few hours later, I got a call from the service head asking me to replace the battery.
I picked up the stock Amaron battery and replaced it with the Exide Xplore XLTX14H the next day.
Costing -
Rs.2,750/- Battery post exchange of old one.
Rs.25/- Clamp and screws from RE.

Bright red battery is certainly distracting for my OCD.
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Old 4th February 2024, 21:27   #4230
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Re: Ridden: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650 Twin

what do you folks think of opting for a relay and 100/90w h4 bulbs on my '19 Interceptor?

I avoid riding at night, and the bike is at 9k, runs only 6 months in a year, and is in storage the rest of the time.

The idea behind this is to avoid high expenses in auxiliary lamps/headlight upgrades, for something that is rarely required. But when it does need to be used should not compromise on safety.

I understand the concern of blinding oncoming traffic and would try and ensure proper alignment. besides never felt the need for better illumination on city rides, the stock is sufficient, and it is for highway use I want the upgrade in wattage.

In case the reflector melts then I am justified in switching to the latest reflector.
Just thinking aloud sorry if am answering myself, just want to know your thoughts.
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