I was really intrigued with the new 650 twin Royal Enfield motorcycles so I signed up for their demo event in NorCal June 22nd. The main reasons I wanted to check them out are the classic looks, small size, cheap price, and they seem like a perfect city run about bike. A 3 year warranty also helps dispel any build quality concerns.
The demo was held at Spirit Motorcycles in San Jose which I've never ventured to before, but I was impressed at the size, layout, and brands they have there. I was able to ride both the Interceptor and the Continental GT, but missed my turn on the Himalayan because I was on the Indian FTR 1200! My initial impression is that both bikes are easy to ride, and would be excellent bikes for beginner riders to learn on, grow on, and ride for the entire 3 year warranty term. Even with my 25 years of riding experience I had fun on the 20 minute Demo ride! The GT looks really cool, but the Interceptor ergonomics make it the one to buy in my opinion.
|Royal Enfield Showroom @ Spirit|
|Demo Bikes Lined up and Ultra Cool AMA Champion Melissa Paris Leading the Rides (seen on the right in purple/Camo)|
|Lot's of People Showed up to the Event, and why not, Free Food!|
The highlight of the day for me was the Indian FTR1200 ride! Man, what can I say other than I was blown away by how fun this bike was. Sure, the heat from the bike was burning my legs and the fuel economy seems ridiculous, but the sheer hooligan fun factor is immensely overwhelming. If you want to tear up the city streets this is the bike to do it on! I'm gonna be keeping my eyes open for a used one this winter!
|FTR 1200 Display @ Spirit Motorcycles|
|Cockpit of the FTR I Hooned|
|Yes, it was hot! 97 Degrees and the Indian was Blowing Engine Heat on me to Boot!|
|You are reading that right, 77 miles of range left on a nearly full tank!|