Royal Enfield Interceptor became the most affordable twin-cylinder powered bike in India when it launched last year. The bike comes with a retail price of Rs. 2.49 lakh, ex-showroom and is cheaper than many single-cylinder powered bikes in the market. But how expensive or affordable is the bike to maintain? Here’s a video with an actual invoice that shows the cost of the first servicing of the bike.
Royal Enfield Interceptor first service
Video courtesy IdlerExperiments
The Royal Enfield Interceptor gets the first servicing invoice of Rs. 2,578, inclusive of all taxes. The servicing has been done according to the service schedule mentioned in the official Royal Enfield manual. The services done are new engine oil of 10W50 Grade. The Royal Enfield Interceptor takes 3.1 litres of engine oil and it is the costliest service in the invoice. It costs Rs. 2,011.90. The other two things that were done to the bike were engine oil filter change, which is for Rs. 450 and chain lube and cleaning, which costs Rs. 116.19. The total comes out to be Rs. 2,578.
This servicing has been done in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha but the first servicing charges should be similar across all the Royal Enfield dealerships across India. There might be slight changes in the charges and taxes but the amount should not be much different than the one shown in the video.
The bike odometer reading is 493 km. The second servicing as per the owner manual is at 10,000 km. The Interceptor gets a service interval of 10,000 km or 1 year, whichever is earlier. The first two services of the bike are free, which is a regular practice followed by most manufacturers in India. Even the cars get a few free services at first.
Even though manufacturers offer free services at the start, they are not literally free. The “free” part is the service charge or the labour charge. All the other parts or fluids are chargeable and there are no discounts on them. When the vehicle reaches the chargeable service stage, the invoice also gets labour charges that increase the final invoice amount.
The service interval of 10,000 km is quite much for a motorcycle and it shows Royal Enfield’s confidence in their product. This is an all-new engine that has been developed from the scratch and such a long service interval will put a smile across many Royal Enfield Interceptor and Continental GT 650 owners.
Also, the major services happen at 10,000 km interval when a lot of parts like the air filter may have to be replaced. That increases the service costs too but overall, the parts seem to be quite affordable and the ownership costs of the all-new Interceptor or the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is expected to stay on the affordable side. The oil-cooled engine of the Royal Enfield 650 Twins produces a maximum power of 47 Bhp and 52 Nm. Both the bikes have become quite popular in the market and have outsold all the rivals combined in December 2018.