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Enfield Interceptor 2019
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I quite fancy one of these...

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Re: Enfield Interceptor 2019
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Kev lad, love to see that with a screen and a set of panniers, wonder if they do that for them...?

BUT remember lad, that's NOT a Brit bike, it's an Indian with an Old Brit bike name.... wink


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Re: Enfield Interceptor 2019
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Tis a nice looking bike though, wonder if they are coming to Canada.

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Kev. #764936 02/09/19 1:36 pm
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About 3 weeks ago,I sent an inquiry to the local (Philadelphia,Pa) RE dealer,
asking if they might show up at the annual Norton Gathering 4.28.19
With a new machine.
They are maybe 20 miles away,from the venue at, Washington's Crossing State Park.
This event,is attended by richochetrider,tridentman,royaloilfield,and edunham,among others [email protected]
No reply yet......


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Re: Enfield Interceptor 2019
Kent Shaun #764937 02/09/19 1:47 pm
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Originally Posted by Kent Shaun
Kev lad, that's NOT a Brit bike, it's an Indian with an Old Brit bike name.... wink



Thank god for that Shaun, that means it might be reliable and not leak oil everywhere beerchug


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Re: Enfield Interceptor 2019
Kev. #764938 02/09/19 1:48 pm
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Just yesterday got a voice mail from Kustom Workz in Depew NY near Buffalo. Not for sale, yet, but they have two 650 "showroom models" available for viewing. I will be calling them back to ask if they'll bring the bikes to Wintercycle Therapy later this month at the Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport. Will I buy one? I would have to say unlikely. Would I like to ride one? Yes! Although I have only ridden very short rides on left side shifting bikes.


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Re: Enfield Interceptor 2019
Kev. #764942 02/09/19 2:28 pm
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Sounds like a good honest review. Id take one .... Whats the projected price I wonder. It will do well if its affordable .


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Re: Enfield Interceptor 2019
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I was talking to my local Triumph/Royal Enfield dealer a couple of weeks ago.
We are friendly as he sponsors a local bike show I help to organize.
He reckons that the pricing has been made very attractive in order to establish a market presence and a good market share.
I think I remember that the cheaper of the two variants has a price tag of $5999.
If so and if they turn out to be a good bike then this will give strong competition to the modern Triumphs.
HTH

Re: Enfield Interceptor 2019
Kev. #764966 02/09/19 6:13 pm
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Thank god for that Shaun, that means it might be reliable and not leak oil everywhere


And Amen to that Kev brother... laughing thumbsup

Wade man dude, over here they sell for around £5500, just about the same price for a 40yr+ BSA, that'll be leaking oil and breaking down, just as you want to go somewhere. These Enfield's sure are a tempting, throw Gas in the tank, hit the kickstart button, and watch that horizon getting closer... wink

Only REAL downside I can think of is, the time when it comes to sell, being a *New* bike it won't hold it's value like an *Old* bike, but the stress and worry an old heap gives you, really makes new look the way to go.... whistle

Just sayin'


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Re: Enfield Interceptor 2019
Kev. #764975 02/09/19 6:52 pm
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when the enfield is forty years old like the BSAs, it WILL be an old bike.

i remember when triumphs and BSAs rotted in junkyards because they weren't hondas.


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Re: Enfield Interceptor 2019
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The thing that attracts me to the Interceptor, is that it looks like a motorcycle, not covered in plastic panels, but a real bike with twin shocks and proper silencers. Funnily enough I have a new old stock set of Craven panniers and a craven rack that would bolt right on, it would soon turn into a nice touring machine, with the classic mid seventies look


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Re: Enfield Interceptor 2019
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Another review here, from a well known reviewer over here in the UK.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-rpySNs6m4


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Re: Enfield Interceptor 2019
Kev. #764994 02/09/19 10:01 pm
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Probably pretty solid, I'd hit it.


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Re: Enfield Interceptor 2019
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...hi Shaun, I think the problem is that you have too much bikes; and as you know, the machinery that you use and use is the less that prone to fail (only service) however, the ones that have barely use start with the problems; I guess due to the weather there and here that s similar.

Hi Kevin, yes, could be that old but old is not classic...nothing more is classic

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I think a 650 has limited appeal...in this modern era its just too small for anything other than a commuter IMO. I know that some will disagree, but I also have a 750 twin and it is too small...I like riding it and it is a joy with its lightness, balance, and handling....but I grew up with them. To the new generation, loading up with a pillion and briskly accelerating up a long steep hill/mountain in top gear is an accepted norm, our classics won't do that and neither will the RE.

Granted it will be competitively priced, but for the same $$$ you could get any number of 'as new' modern bikes with as much or more to offer. The RE will only appeal to a small niche market which is also contracting by the day.

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...you are right. In the countries where the motorcycles are used to commute is used 125 or 250cc.
Is possible that the first intention was to sell its on Indian market to a batch of commuters than wanted to upgrade the cc (but retain some possibility to wrench them), have enough money (is a lot of money for India)
In countries like USA where the bikes never were intended to commute, and as you say only 650 (and not the modern 675 like the Daytona or speed triple or some dual sports) have no appeal only for that small niche.

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The new RE Interceptor has performance stats that are about identical to my 2000 W650, even weighs about the same. As a solo mount it should be able to handle any role on any paved road in Canada, just like the W650. Two up with luggage and camping gear it might struggle a bit on the freeways and in the mountains.
That’s just my 2 pence!
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disappointed.....not a 700 or 750,so not interested!

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Just to put the engine capacity into some sort of perspective----
When I was cutting my motorcycle teeth in England in the 60s ---
You learnt on a 250, a 350 was a big bike, a 500 was a really big bike (the biggest capacity in road racing) and if you bought a 650 it was assumed that you were going to fit a sidecar to it.
Big engines are not necessary--the whole essence of a Brit bike is that it is lightweight, a good power to weight ratio and easy to throw around in the corners.
Just my two cents worth of course.

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It seems to be an American perspective of motorcycling that a bike has to measure at least 1200cc and and weigh over 600lb to be useable.
Cornering and roadholding is apparently not much of a concern in the US of A.


I concur with Tridentman that a 500cc bike was considered a big machine over here, and useable under any condition.
Big engines are not essential for having fun on a motorbike. Lightweight an good power to weight ratio is where it matters.
Add two cents from me to the two cents from TM.


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Re: Enfield Interceptor 2019
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The market for bikes in the US is struggling. Part of it is demographics. The generation that was buying the land barges is aging fast and not buying. The younger generations are either not interested or are not interested in buying land barges.

The 2 market segments that seem to be healthy is the adventure style bikes and small displacement (650cc and smaller).

RE has done OK so far with the Himalayan in the US. The bike has sold well and gets positive press and owner reviews. So the 650’s may have a niche to fill in the changing US market. Plus it is the US, RE has already partnered with S&S for performance upgrades. From what I have heard, the engine lends itself to performance upgrades quite readily.

IMO, 650 has always been a sweet spot in the US. Big enough to be capable of doing distance, small enough to be good for short distance stuff or poor road riding. I really like my Tiger 800, but it is still a large bike, crawling on one of the 650’s or the Gold Star (the GS isn’t a small bike in my mind, it punches way above its size) reminds me of that little detail. So yea, I am mildly interested.

Now......if I could get someone to cough up an engine.....I can find a rider for production twins class......S&S is supposed to have the power.......


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are the weaker sales just a general thing?

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Now lets get this strait, I like a Harley, I have owned seven, I still own a shovelhead FLH. But I was in a dealer last week looking for a possible new bike, and right here I have to be brutally honest, they had nothing in the new range that I would ever own, they were awful, too much chrome, too much plastic, and very little style! Honestly who wants to ride these things? it is beyond me.

They actually did have a Harley I did fancy though, but it was a 2001 Dyna glide with 8000 miles on the clock, and five previous owners. I really was tempted, but is it better than my Beemer GS 1200? I don't know, my GS is more useable for everyday use. Harley seem to have lost all direction, a shame but there you are.


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Re: Enfield Interceptor 2019
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Stock, with a SOHC 8 valve head,270 degree crank,and 9.5:1 compression
S&S has a lot to work with.
800+cc?100 hp?

I have yet to find the 6 speed gearbox ratios...


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