Royal Enfield Interceptor and Continental GT 650 have become the talk of the town after they were launched last year at a shocking price tag. Both the bikes have become immensely popular in the Indian market and in January 2019, Royal Enfield dispatched more than 1,000 units of the new 650 Twins in the Indian market.
There is a huge waiting period on both bikes but there are a few customers who have got their hands on the all-new 650 Twins, and people have started addressing problems that they are facing the bikes too. This video of a Royal Enfield Interceptor rider shows the owner talking about the issues that he has encountered in the Interceptor till now. The owner has ridden the bike for about 700 km, which is a reasonably long time to use the bike to provide solid impressions.
The first problem listed by the owner is the positioning on the footrests. According to the owner, the footrests come in the way and hit the leg while trying to get the bike in reverse direction while sitting on the bike. The second thing that the owner thinks is a problem with the bike is the position of the gear shifter. According to the owner, the gear shifter is positioned too close to the engine, and if someone is not wearing fully covered shoes, their foot can burn. This can also be a problem where the boots can get damaged due to excessive heat. The third and the last problem said by the Royal Enfield Interceptor owner is the position of the pillion rider. According to him, if the height of the pillion rider is 5 feet 7 inches or taller, the positioning of the rear footrests make it extremely difficult for the pillion rider to sit comfortably during the long rides.
Apart from these problems, he also compares the bike with the Bajaj Dominar 400 and says that the riding positioning of the Dominar 400 is much more aesthetically designed and the rider and sit comfortably with the thighs around the tank. However, the rider cannot do the same while riding the Royal Enfield Interceptor.
It should be noted that the Royal Enfield Interceptor and the Continental GT 650 are powered by all-new parallel-twin air-cooled 649cc engine. The new engine develops a maximum of 47 Bhp and a peak torque of 52 Nm. It gets a 6-speed transmission with a slipper clutch as standard. The Royal Enfield Interceptor and the Continental GT 650 get dual-channel ABS as standard too.
Both these bikes have become quite popular in the Indian market. Soon, Royal Enfield will launch a series of all-new bikes based on the new “P” platform that is an all-new platform underpinning the new 650 Twins. In 2020, we can expect Royal Enfield to showcase 650cc engine powered Himalayan and the Classic too.