You might be eagerly waiting for more news from Royal Enfield about the soon to be launched Royal Enfield Interceptor and Continental GT 650cc bikes but we still have time for that since the Harley Davidson Street rod challenger might not be coming anytime before February 2018.
There might be still a lot of questions about how the bike feels in hand, how does it ride but those cannot be answered before the bike is officially launched and we get to spend some time with the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650cc. What we might be able to answer however is that how the new Interceptor compares to the Harley Davison Street Rod on paper.
How the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650cc fares against the Harley Davidson Street Rod on Paper?
The biggest rival for the new Royal Enfield Interceptor 650cc might be the Harley Davidson Street Rod as it is the least expensive cruiser after that. The new Royal Enfield Interceptor comes with a 648cc parallel twin engine that is air cooled while its Harley Davidson counterpart gets a 750cc V-twin motor. The Royal Enfield Interceptor’s 650cc engine makes a total power output of 47PS and a 52nm of torque. Power figures of any Harley Davidson are never mentioned by the company but the Street Rod generates 62nm of torque. Ground Clearance of the Street Rod is 205mm which is certainly better than the Interceptor’s 174mm.
The feature list is long on the Street Rod but in all honesty, it has never been a Royal Enfield strong point. The disc brakes surprisingly are larger on the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650cc at 320mm while the Harley has 300mm discs. The Harley is also 20 kilos heavier than the Interceptor.
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650cc’s Price Will Be Substantially Lower Than The Harley Street Rod.
Royal Enfield’s strongest point has always been the pricing. With all of its bikes priced between 1-2.2 lakhs it never really had any sort of competition. The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650cc is also expected to be priced around 3 lakh Rupees which means it will be almost half of what Harley Davidson asks for the Street Rod. But in all fairness, those extra lakhs than the Royal Enfield Interceptor get you an extra set of features, better performance and reliability and also the legacy of world’s most popular cruiser manufacturer Harley Davison.
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