We switched the aluminium spoke wheels on the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 with a set of alloys. We went down a size on the rims to 17 inches. And got ourselves a set of lighter, sportier, gripper, and good looking tyres in the form of the TVS Eurogrip Protorq Extremes.
We weighed the new setup and observed a significant reduction in unsprung weight compared to the stock setup. We then spent time riding the 17-inched, Protorq-shod, Interceptor in the city, and loved the new found agility and lightness in its responses. We did lose some ground clearance and seat height in the process. And, now have to live with a speedometer that over-reads. But, overall, it’s a switch that works wonderfully well in the city.
However, what we wanted with this change was to have a modern classic that handled like any of the new-age motorcycles. And what better way to test the handling prowess of a motorcycle than on a race track!