Bulleteer Customs has just worked on the second Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, and the result is the Tandav 650 – a retro-styled butch and muscular motorcycle. The Tandav gets a slew of changes that make it look very distinctive. The custom-built motorcycle retains the Interceptor 650’s stock mechanicals. Changes are primarily in terms of the overall design and colour schemes.
The front mud guard is a smaller unit and the same is the case with the rear mudguard, which has also been shortened. The motorcycle now gets a smaller seat, which along with the smaller rear mudguard, gives the rear-end a much cleaner look. The headlamp is a LED projector, and is a brand new unit and so is the tail lamp, which is a smaller unit.
The telescopic front forks have been swapped for an upside down front fork layout while the gas charged rear shock absorbers have been retained as is. The motorcycle gets new exhausts that are likely to be free flow units, and the custom bike is likely to make a couple of Bhp extra. Finally, the bike has been finished with a black and grey paint scheme that is responsible for turning heads.
The engine sees a total blacking out while the exhaust bend pipes get heat wraps. The handlebars also seem to be raised, and this should give the rider a more comfortable stance for city riding. Finally, the ignition key has been relocated from the triple clamp to the right hand side of the engine, just below the fuel tank.
The Interceptor 650 is India’s best selling Rs. 2 lakh+ premium motorcycle. Priced at Rs. 2.34 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi, the bike has been selling like hot cakes, with waiting periods topping 4 months in many cases. The bike uses a newly developed 647cc, four stroke engine with 47 Bhp of peak power and 52 Nm of peak torque. The engine gets four valve heads, a single overhead camshaft, is air-oil cooled and gets fuel injection.
A six speed manual gearbox with a slipper clutch is standard on the bike. The Interceptor has a relatively upright riding position, and also has a sportier twin in the form of the Continental GT 650, which gets cafe racer styling. The GT 650 has an aggressive riding position, and is priced Rs. 15,000 higher than the Interceptor. Both bikes get dual channel ABS as standard. Both bikes get the same double cradle frames, and identical cycle parts such as telescopic front forks, gas charged rear shock absorbers and spoked wheels with tubed tyres.