The prices are finally out. And at Rs 2.5 lakhs ex-showroom, the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is a steal! We liked it when we rode it in America. And, we liked it even more when we rode it back home in Goa.
But, the question that kept popping up repeatedly in our head was if this could actually be THE do-it-all modern classic? A motorcycle that oozes with practicality, usability, and chore handling ability, as it does with charm?
To find out, we decided to ride one to Goa. Now, some might argue, these questions didn't warrant a near 1000km ride to the holiday capital of the country, but we beg to differ.
We needed long hours in the INT saddle. We needed to ride it on changing terrain. We needed to see how it handled slow corners and fast; smooth tarmac and undulating one; and, of course, we wanted some cheap beer.
We also had to subject the bike to long traffic jams, and show it a wide-open road to get it to scream its lungs out. We wanted to find out what speeds it is comfortable cruising at, and how far can it go on a tankful.
A Mumbai-Goa road trip promised all that.