Let us address the core of the matter first. The 650cc parallel-twin engine of this Royal Enfield is such a gem. It performed flawlessly throughout the ride. While pushing through the early morning truck traffic in Mumbai or while flying through some of the famous NH roads of Maharashtra, this engine offered performance and comfort when I wanted. The combination of strong low- and mid-range allowed me to overtake vehicles as planned, resulting in better overall average time. While I encountered some stop-go traffic in Pune and Goa, the smooth and quick acceleration made me cross almost all the vehicles in no time. On the highways, the 2022 INT can sit at 120kmph-130kmph throughout the day. But sadly, that's also when it starts drinking a lot of fuel, resulting in more fuel stops. That said, this engine keeps the overall fatigue in check as little vibrations creep on the handlebar and the footpegs.
The Interceptor 650 can also hold a good amount of luggage. I used the Rynox tank bag and a 20-litre tail bag from Dirtsack. The tank is big enough to have a larger bag, but I refrained from doing so to avoid unnecessary scratches (which didn't help). While most INT customers either like to install a top box or saddle bags, I want to keep things simple and not change the overall riding dynamics of the bike. The tail bag allowed me to carry one week of luggage, and the long single touring seat could easily hold the bag flat.
Now, the seating ergos are suitable for touring. I spent many hours without a stop, and the seating triangle was good enough for me to skip those halts for body stretches. The wide handlebar offered good leverage, and while the footpegs were not centre-set, it still managed to provide good comfort.