It’s been a couple of years since Royal Enfield launched their 650 twin models, the Continental GT cafe racer, and the Interceptor which we had for a long-term test back in 2020. In those two years sales around the world have been remarkable and in the UK the Interceptor has been the largest selling naked bike month on month.
It’s a well-deserved success story as the Interceptor is a terrific package. Upgrade those front forks, throw some panniers over the saddle and ride the world – as simple as that.
But now, two years in, Royal Enfield have introduced 5 new colours. Don’t worry, they are keeping the Orange that suits so well and which has doubtless helped with sales overall.
Two of the new options are single colours – ‘Canyon Red’ and ‘Ventura Blue’ – and two of them are new dual tone colourways – ‘Sunset Strip’ and the unfortunately named ‘Downtown Drag’. Finally there’s also an updated version of the chrome tank model; the ‘Mark 2’. The ‘Mark 2’ Chrome Interceptor is an ode to the original Interceptor 750 that is reminiscent of the heydays of California’s sun-drenched culture of the 60’s.
The dual tone Baker Express colour scheme has also been retained, proving one of the other successful original colourways. In fact that was the model that also came with black wheel rims and it seems the public response has been such that the black rim and black mudguard option is to be offered on the new ‘single-colour’ bikes.
The prices have crept up slightly since launch but are still very competitive for a machine that is proving its reliability as well as its engaging, uncomplicated useability. On-The-Road UK prices are now:
Single colour tone – £5,899 (Canyon Red, Ventura Blue, Orange Crush) – OTR
Dual colour tone – £6,099 (Sunset Strip, Downtown Drag, Baker Express) – OTR
Chrome – £6,399 (Mark 2) – OTR
RE put huge investment into their research and development and especially into their new production facilities and it is definitely paying off for them as this video investigation shows.
Speaking on the Interceptor 650 Vinod K. Dasari, CEO Royal Enfield said “Since its launch, the Interceptor 650 has been the best selling naked motorcycle in the UK and has also grown the 500cc+ category more than 4-times in India. We believe that our new exciting colourways will go a long way towards bringing more enthusiasts into the brand fold.”