The Harley Davidson Street 750 needs no introduction. The entry-level model from HD has enjoyed a free run of sorts in our country’s premium motorcycle market. Targeting those wishing to buy a below-5 lakh cruiser motorcycle, Street 750 has been an obvious choice of many. However, it looks like soon the American model will have a worthy rival. South India-based motorcycle company, Royal Enfield, which enjoys an almost legendary status, will launch its two new 650cc offerings in India. One of these, the Interceptor INT 650, looks ready to gatecrash into the Street 750’s party. The Interceptor will soon launch in India and should have the Street 750 in crosshairs. You can find how these two motorcycles stack up against each other in our Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650 vs Harley Davidson Street 750 comparison here.
Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650 vs Harley Davidson Street 750 Price
The Interceptor INT 650 will launch here at a really competitive price point. It looks like the price will start at roughly Rs 3 lakh. Local manufacturing, along with parts sharing with smaller Royal Enfield models, should help the manufacturer price its new motorcycle very competitively. In comparison, the Street 750, which is the cheapest Harley Davidson you can buy in India, costs Rs 4.91 lakh. Hence, the new Royal Enfield 650cc motorcycle will enjoy a huge cost advantage over its American rival. Round one to the new RE, then.
Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650 vs Harley Davidson Street 750 Specifications
|Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650
|Harley-Davidson Street 750
|648cc SOHC parallel twin with air and oil cooling
|749cc Revolution X V-Twin with liquid cooling
|47 PS at 7,100 rpm
|52 PS at 8,000 RPM
|52 Nm at 4,000 rpm
|59 Nm at 3,750 rpm
|6-speed with slip-assist clutch
|41 mm telescopic fork
|Telescopic fork with gaiters
|Twin gas-charged shock absorbers
|Twin hydraulic shock absorbers
|320 mm disc with ABS
|Disc with 2-piston with ABS
|240 mm disc with ABS
|Twin piston disc with ABS
|202 kg, without fuel
|233 kg, in running order
|Fuel Tank Capacity
|Price (Ex-showroom Delhi)
|INR 5.15 lakhs
The Interceptor is the most powerful RE ever. The new 650cc parallel twin motor’s external appearance pays homage to a twin-cylinder Royal Enfield engine of 1948. On the inside, however, the engine has new-age internals. It boasts a SOHC head and outputs a maximum power of 47 PS power at 7,000 rpm and produces a peak torque of 52 Nm torque at 4,000 rpm. While the power figure is definitely nothing to write home about, the high torque will help this motor offer a grunty performance.
On the other hand, the HD Street 750 has a 749.9cc heart that belts out a maximum power of 52 PS at 8,000 RPM and a peak torque of 59 Nm at 4,000 RPM. If you look closely, the HD doesn’t enjoy a huge advantage over the Royal Enfield. Also, compared to a 200 KGs kerb weight of the new Royal Enfield models, the Street 750 tips the scale at over 222 KGs. Hence, there won’t be a great difference in the on-road performance of the two motorcycles.
Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650 vs Harley Davidson Street 750 Looks
The new Royal Enfield 650 cc engine will be seen powering two models – a Continental GT 650 cafe racer and a Bonneville-like retro motorcycle called the Interceptor 650. Both the motorcycles get upswept twin exhausts and loads of retro feel. While the cafe racer looks much like the Conti GT 535, the new Interceptor gets a rounder fuel tank and a flat seat that can accommodate two.
In comparison, the Harley Davidson Street 750 offers true-blue American looks with high-set handlebars, stepped seat, multi-spoke alloy wheels and the optional Screamin’ Eagle silencer. Compared to the new REs, Street 750 offers cruiser motorcycle looks of its larger siblings. It’s really tough to pick one out of these three as it all boils down to personal taste. Our pick, if you ask, has to be the new Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 for its racy style, retro appeal and that upswept twin exhaust treatment.
Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650 vs Harley Davidson Street 750 Comparison Verdict
Price- One thing is for sure, the new RE Interceptor will cost significantly lesser. In price wars alone, the Street 750 will have a tough time competing with the new offerings. Asked about the new bike last month, Harley chief executive Matthew Levatich told Reuters that he would not dismiss a competitor’s strengths but that he had faith in Harley Davidson’s brand and would not be changing strategy.
Specifications- The Street 750 is the clear winner if you look at the specifications. It offers more power and more torque. However, let’s not jump the gun, for it also weighs more. In on road performance, the difference shouldn’t be as substantial as it is on the paper.
Looks- Looks are subjective to personal tastes. The Street 750 is for you if you’re looking for a true-blue American cruiser that can be put to regular use. Even the RE isn’t much different when it comes to the retro look. he Interceptor 650 will offer you classic charm and basically, best of both the worlds.
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