Royal Enfield and speed? Well, these things usually wouldn’t go together but then we now have the 650cc twins in the forms of the Interceptor and Continental GT 650, two very quick motorcycles that are very affordable as well. So, here’s yet another drag race with one of the Royal Enfield twins involved, in this case the Interceptor 650 taking on the pre-facelift Bajaj Dominar 400 in a race to the top-end. As we have the Dominar 400 pre-facelift here, power and torque outputs are lower: 35 Bhp-35 Nm and the 373cc engine of the bike runs a single camshaft to drive its four valve head. The Dominar 400 is slighty modified; the intake hosts a K&N free flow filter while the stock spark plugs have been swapped out for iridium units. As for cosmetics, it features a ‘Domivel’ kit from Autologue Design. The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is bone stock, and uses a 647cc, twin cylinder four stroke engine with 47 hp-52 Nm outputs. Both engines get 6 speed manual gearboxes and slipper clutches as standard. Now, for the race itself.
As the video indicates, the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is clearly the faster of the duo, and simply races ahead right from the outset. The Interceptor dominates the roll-on drag from 40 Kph as well. The big horsepower and displacement advantage of the Interceptor negates the lighter kerb weight of the Dominar (180 Kgs vs the Interceptor’s 202 Kgs).
It’ll be interesting to see how the Interceptor fares against the facelifted Dominar 400, which gets higher power and torque outputs of 40 Bhp and 37 Nm. For now, it’s clear that the Interceptor 650 is one of the fastest sub-Rs. 3 lakh motorcycle money can buy in India. The motorcycle is slower than the likes of the KTM Duke 390 and the RC390 but only just and most riders will not even feel the slightly slower acceleration. In the Interceptor 650, Royal Enfield has built a motorcycle that can beat most cars in India save for high end sportscars.
As for the Dominar 400, the purpose of this motorcycle is quite different. It’s not meant for drag races or top speed runs but is rather a sports cruiser that will take its riders to far flung places across the country, or the world if you will. The Dominar is a comfortable motorcycle with sporty ergonomics, and is more than Rs. 50,000 cheaper than the Interceptor. While the facelifted Dominar is priced at Rs. 1.8 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi, the Interceptor 650 starts from Rs. 2.37 lakhs. Both motorcycles are capable tourers, and the latest Dominar even gets upside down front forks for better handling and bump absorption across all kinds of terrain. Both bikes do need taller fairings for comfortable touring as the wind blast can get really annoying at sustained 3 digit speeds at which these motorcycles are capable of cruising at all day.