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dickim

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Hey Bill - come down to Perth, next Thurs they are launching the new twin 😝 you may fancy the chrome GT like me, promise to buy off you 😛
Seriously - when they say W.A means Wait Awhile they mean it!!!


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yeah I wonder will they charge the same price in the western state or bump it up a bit.
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I visited my mate yesterday who's just bought a 650 Interceptor. we went for a bit of a ride and swapped bikes for a bit. I did 30km on his new scooter. It's a very different beast to the CGT, that's for sure. Most things are pretty familiar but it all looks better made and finished. The engine is an eye opener. It's quiet, makes power and is so smooth! Wow. I have a Yamaha TRX850, also a parallel twin, This enfield motor is much smoother than the Yammy. It's going to be a good bike, I think. On the downside, the motor doesn't have much character, if that's important to you. I kind of think it is and is the reason I passed on a BMW F800RS a few years ago.
He's now having to field questions from older gents in the street, just like us!
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Well, all the magazine writers and critics said it had to be smooth like a Japanese bike, and have Japanese bike "push a button and ride" convenience, and basically have everything like a Japanese bike.

So, now there is another Japanese bike on the market with a RE badge.
Congratulations.


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Better late than never. Royal Enfield should have built this bike in 1968.   ;)
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So, my question is how different is the Interceptor from a Bonneville? Is the Bonneville "just like a Japanese bike"?  ???

I have a Bonneville and it feels fine to me... I've done some common induction, exhaust, dyno mods...it's definately not a boring bike!  ;)

I will be test riding a CGT twin later this week, and am hoping to get some feel for what the Interceptor will be like.

I am very curious how the air cooled Interceptor compares to the air cooled Bonnie. I will be waiting until May to find out for myself... ::)
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We'll, not my cup of tea, not even a kickstarter, for cryin out loud ::)
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We'll, not my cup of tea, not even a kickstarter, for cryin out loud ::)

Ironically a kickstart 650 twin probably fires up a lot easier than a 500cc single :D

That said the likelihood of a successful first go kick start has always been inversely proportional to the number of people watching you try :D  Halve that likelihood again if any of the watchers are young cute and female.


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A young, cute female wouldn't know what the f...  you were doing.  Last big group ride I went on with the GT, some seasoned riders there had never seen a bike kick started.
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Thanks for the review wildbill.  I sure would like the INT650 primarily because of the lower vibration.  I need thick gloves to keep my hands from going numb after 90 miles on the Bullet 500.  My main complaint after 7K miles (2016).
Sure, little things like broken sprockets (my bad, treating it like a car, not a bike--clean and oil the chain after a couple 100 miles on gravel/dirt roads dude!).  Being able to cruise at 70MPH would be nice too.  Maybe another 7K miles and I'll get the INT650.  Love the 65MPG though :)


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nothing really wrong with the bike at all. id say easily enfields best bike yet. if I go back to one ...next time I might try the chrome.
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Well, an Indian-dwelling though Vegemite-declining countryman in his YouTube vid-screed claims, "If it ain't chrome...."...Hence, color me 'unsurprised' you'd prefer one. In the meantime, let's shave a new song 'bout it sung by that Good Lady Wife yonder. Email preview to A&M and/or 'Herb', not necessarily 'Alpert', c/o "The Usual Gmale". We're waiting. Film also welcome. Have many drones. If you were in North America, I'd 'chrome you out' in a good way with that '67 Norton Desert Sled and a $35 metal detector in my shoe, Baby.

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good one...lol I will play about with the cb500x to fill in time as its nearly winter. I will buy again after that and i'd say it will be a chrome interceptor with hopefully a fully functional gas cap!..lol
2011 C5 black/chrome
2012 C5 maroon/chrome 
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2015 black/chrome
2015 dispatch
2016 lagoon blue 500
2016  ash white 350
2017 graphite/chrome 500
2018 gun metal grey 500
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2019 650 interceptor


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plus on my profile I have used up all the characters and can no longer add bikes...lol
2011 C5 black/chrome
2012 C5 maroon/chrome 
2013 B5 black
2014  gt
2014 C5 tan
2015 black/chrome
2015 dispatch
2016 lagoon blue 500
2016  ash white 350
2017 graphite/chrome 500
2018 gun metal grey 500
2018 C5 Pegasus 500
2017 C5 Redditch 50
2018 C5 gun metal grey
2019 650 interceptor


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--clean and oil the chain after a couple 100 miles on gravel/dirt roads dude!).


Which is why when I lived an hour out of Moree (which is on the edge of the official "outback" here in Australia) and spent a lot of time on dirt and crossing flooded creeks I did NOT get an adventure tourer but instead went for shaft drive bikes.

You do not need an adventure tourer for gravel roads but a shaft makes life a lot simpler.  Had a GT550 Kawasaki for awhile but it was a bit buzzy so traded up to an XJ900 yamaha. My best friend at the time had a GS850 suzuki. 

Unfortunately mid capacity shaft bikes are becoming a bit of a rarity.