The modified Interceptor 650 sets a new top speed record at Lake Gairdner, South Australia. Mid Life Cycles, a Melbourne-based motorcycle tuning company, breaks the four-year running record and sets the bar substantially high.
Royal Enfield, which has earned its name by producing relaxed and cruiser motorcycles, has interestingly set a new top-speed record. The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, prepped by Mid Life Cycles, Australia has made a record run of 212.514km/h, setting a new benchmark.
While the MF 650 class (650cc un-streamlined motorcycles running on commercial unleaded fuel) dictates very less modification, chaps at Mid Life Cycles tweaked the engine head and camshafts, installed upgraded throttle bodies and forged pistons. The modification also extended to the gearbox, and the motorcycle was equipped with gears that provided minimum friction.
The motorcycle was then stripped down completely for an improved power-to-weight ratio – even the front brake assembly removed. The rear suspension units were replaced by Ohlins and the motorcycle made the run on Pirelli Diablo slicks. A custom made swingarm and sprocket were installed as well.
What started as a bone-stock Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 was transformed into a totally modified motorcycle ready to set a new top-speed record. Mid Life Cycles christened the motorcycle the Sabre. The Sabre was piloted by rider Charlie Hallam on March 8, 2021, on the first day of Speed Week held at Lake Gairdner, South Australia.
The previous record was 195.05km/h, which was made back in 2016. The Sabre ran on commercial unleaded fuel and achieved a top-speed of 206.29kmph and 208.32km/h, setting a new provisional record of 207.31km/h. In its second attempt, the duo of Sabre and Charlie Hallam clocked a speed of 208.59km/h. On the second day, Charlie managed to hit the 212.514km/h mark, setting a strikingly high benchmark.
The Melbourne based Mid Life Cycles also sell some of their custom-made components for the Interceptor, which just might be bolted on the Continental GT650 as well. However, the shipping of these components is restricted to Australia and hasn't begun yet.