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Royal Enfield Motorcycles => 650 Twin - Interceptor/GT => Topic started by: Richard230 on November 29, 2018, 10:56:25 pm

Title: Rider magazine reviews the 650s
Post by: Richard230 on November 29, 2018, 10:56:25 pm
The January 2019 (already?) issue of Rider magazine contains a glowing 6-page review of the Interceptor and the GT.  Nothing new here, but the magazine should be on most book stands if you want check it out. The only negative thing that they had to say was that their test Interceptor had a weeping fuel gauge sending unit that was fixed by their local shop as a warranty repair.  Attached is a photo of the dyno test from Jet Tuning, a local shop that dynos all of their test bikes. Maximum HP was 43.6 @ 6,900 rpm and maximum torque was 37.4 lb-ft at 5,400 rpm.  Fuel mileage ranged from a low of 50.8 mpg to a high of 64.9 mpg, with an average of 59.2.

The sidebar titled "Royal Resurgence" mentioned that: "More than 90 motorcycles were shipped to California for the press launch, and they'll be distributed to U.S. dealers for demo rides. And when new motorcycles are shipped to the U.S. starting in earl 2019, we'll require dealers to keep at least one demo unit on hand." said Rod Copes, RENA's President.
Title: Re: Rider magazine reviews the 650s
Post by: GlennF on November 29, 2018, 11:12:21 pm
It would be nice if one of these reviews did more than repeat the same details about HP and handling and answered some questions like " is it an O ring chain and how hard is it too adjust" or "how accessible is the battery" .
Title: Re: Rider magazine reviews the 650s
Post by: Richard230 on November 29, 2018, 11:24:07 pm
It would be nice if one of these reviews did more than repeat the same details about HP and handling and answered some questions like " is it an O ring chain and how hard is it too adjust" or "how accessible is the battery" .

Dream on...  :-[
Title: Re: Rider magazine reviews the 650s
Post by: hpwaco on November 30, 2018, 12:21:13 am
Or were are the fuses?   Which the salesman at REFTW couldn't tell/show me when I bought my 14GT.
Title: Re: Rider magazine reviews the 650s
Post by: 9fingers on December 02, 2018, 02:57:33 am
Impressively flat torque curve. Should be great fun to ride. Thanks for posting.
9fingers
Title: Re: Rider magazine reviews the 650s
Post by: ace.cafe on December 02, 2018, 07:42:19 pm
IMO, the 535 Continental GT looks better than the 650 twin CGT.

Not a fan of the stripes or the color schemes on the 650.  And it looks chunky to me.

I do like the looks of the Interceptor, especially in chrome. But, I would put a set of Clubman style handlebars on it for my preferred lower riding position.
Title: Re: Rider magazine reviews the 650s
Post by: Kevin Mahoney on February 17, 2019, 06:14:30 pm
I was surprised at the actual dyno test results in comparison to the claimed HP. Very close which is great. As a reference point the iron barrel which had a claimed 22hp actually produced 13.

The so called "lack of power" is a joke. 43 is plenty to do the job. In reality dreaming aside no one will buy the bike looking for HP other than on paper.