Royal Enfield launched their 650 twins in India last year and the bikes turned out to be a huge hit among the market. The bikes are priced very competitively and also they are the cheapest twin cylinder bike you can get in India. After the launch, there has been a various video about the bike online and its ride review.
One such video comes out from Bulu Patnaik (Bulu Biker) who has a youtube channel related to bikes. He recently bought the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and went on a long trip to Sikkim. All was going well until at a stretch of Gurudongmar when his Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 refused to chug along. The bike just refused to start even after multiple attempts. But that’s not the whole story.
The biker went on a long trip to Sikkim along with other bikers. He even had his wife as pillion to accompany him. The choice of bike the Interceptor 650 performed very well along his whole journey without any issue, but as he went on to the road of Gurudongmar the bike refused to start and started giving him problems. The Gurudongmar road is at a height of above 5,000m. The reason for this behaviour can be issues related to low oxygen levels at such high situated road. Though the Interceptor 650 is fuel injected and should auto adjust air-fuel ratio when the height increases.
Furthermore, he was able to start the bike with extra use of the throttle. But even after that, the bike struggled quite a lot and has to be kept above 3,000 rpm to keep going. And it still stalled many times, he had to switch his bike and go on a friend’s Himalayan to continue the journey. Quite strangely, after when he returned from the Gurudongmar road the bike behaved normally like it had no issues. This clearly states that the bike is specifically having issues in Higher altitude.
The Interceptor 650 is powered by 648cc, air-cooled, SOHC, fuel-injected, parallel-twin motor which makes 47hp at 7,250rpm and 52Nm of torque at 5,250rpm. It comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox with slipper clutch.
Royal Enfield contacted the biker and asked him to bring the bike to the nearest showroom for repair and checkup. While this issue can be only in this single bike or all the 650 range. We hope Royal Enfield addresses and fixes this issue as soon as possible.
Source – Bulu Patnaik Youtube
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