Royal Enfield is poised to launch a British-designed, engineered and built 750cc retro naked bike called the Interceptor early next year.
For Aussies and many film fans, the name Interceptor means the 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon Coupe that featured in the first Mad Max film.
We’re not sure the name will translate easily to a 750cc parallel twin from India!
The bike is the first product to come from the $6.5m Royal Enfield technical centre and factory in Leicestershire, England.
It is based on the 500cc Continental GT and is tipped to launch in March 2017.
Spy shots reveal it is powered by a 750cc oil-cooled parallel-twin engine with an expected 33-38kW of power and 60Nm of torque.
It features telescopic forks, twin Paioli shock absorbers, twin circular instruments, wire wheels, straight bars, solo saddle, solo front disc and twin upswept exhausts.
Meanwhile, Indian tractor manufacturer Mahindra has bought BSA and is expected to compete with Royal Enfield in the retro motorcycle sector. There are no announcements yet on a new BSA launch, but stay tuned.
The company has also bought Jawa and plans to launch bikes in the Indian market only … at this stage.
Royal Enfield Custom Bike Build-Off
Meanwhile, six Aussie bike builders have competed in the first Royal Enfield Custom Bike Build Off competition.
The winner is Rough Cut from Royal Enfield Sydney, narrowly edging out Brass Rajah from Melbourne’s Midlife Cycles.
Interesting custom entries included a bobber, scrambler, turbo and even a chopper.
The competition was run on a special Facebook page that has now been deleted, so you won’t be able to find all the competitors. However, we have presented a few of our faves here.