Royal Enfield’s new Interceptor with a laid-back, old-school vibe

Cool in more ways than one: this is a traditional-looking motorcycle with a classic but modern air-cooled engine

Royal Enfield’s new Interceptor street bike, £5,995
Royal Enfield’s new Interceptor street bike, £5,995

This bike has been designed to appeal to new motorcyclists and the less experienced, while still being of interest to hardened riders who appreciate the history and heritage of British motorcycle manufacturing and who are looking for a machine that combines classic design with modern reliability.

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To get the required “look”, the firm hunted down and bought back various examples of British-built Royal Enfield models from the 1950s and ’60s, including several versions of the original Interceptor, a high-performance twin-cylinder machine built in 1960-70. These were carefully studied in order to invoke (rather than simply copy) the best styling elements from the past and create a traditional-looking motorcycle with a classic but modern air-cooled engine that would make the lineage of the bikes instantly recognisable.

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