To build buzz around its upcoming twin cylinder motorcycles, Royal Enfield has commissioned a range of custom-built bikes around the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650. One such custom build is from Old Empire Motorcycles, and is based on the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650. As the pictures reveal, this is one clean build. The custom build is an exercise in minimalism, with the modifier getting rid of everything that’s not absolutely necessary.
The wiring and controls have been internalized, giving the handlebar a clean, ape-hanger look. Even the barrel-type key hole is now replaced by a keyless ignition system. Other changes on the motorcycle include a shortened seat frame, blacked-out crank casings, straight pipe exhausts that end at the headers, a quilted seat and a deep metallic red paint job.
The custom motorcycle also sits lower than the stock. Mechanically, things are unchanged though. The heart of the matter is a 647cc, parallel twin four stroke engine with a 270 degree crank.
The newly developed motor is air and oil cooled, and comes with four valve heads run by a single, overhead camshaft. Capable of revving to over 7,000 rpm, this motor puts out 47 Bhp-52 Nm, and is paired to a six speed manual gearbox that also gets a slipper clutch. Fuel injection is standard.
The same motor will also build another new Royal Enfield motorcycle – the Continental GT cafe racer. Both motorcycles will get dual channel ABS, a key safety aid. Both the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 will be launched in India during December. An international launch will happen a couple of months earlier, sometime by the end of September. The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 will be the cheaper of the duo, with prices starting from around Rs. 3 lakh. Deliveries are expected to begin by the end of this year.