The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is said to have broken a four-year-old speed record at the Australian Speed Week. The event held in Lake Gairdner, South Australia saw the Mid Life Cycles’ Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Salt Racer set a class record of 212.514km/h (132.050 mph).
For this particular speed run, the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 was modified by Mid Life Cycles. It had entered in Class M-F 650, for 650cc un-streamlined motorcycles running commercial unleaded fuel. The motorcycle broke the four-year-old class record on each of its runs, leaving the new mark at 212.514km/h. The remarkable feat was achieved by Charlie Hallam on day one of Speed Week, i.e., 8 March 2021. This speed run highlights the capability of Royal Enfield’s 650 Twin engine.
On the first day of Speed Week, Hallam recorded a top speed of 121.782mph on his first run. This was further backed by a higher 123.601mph in the second run on the first day, giving him a provisional record speed of 122.691mph. Charlie Hallam and the Interceptor 650 fared even better on day two. On the first run, the motorcycle clocked 128.935mph while the second run clocked 130.204mph. The afternoon of day two, Hallem edged slightly forward by clocking 130.370mph, before being impounded for the day.
Geelong-based Harness Racing Australia team headed by Andrew and Kate Hallam were already impressed with the capabilities of the Interceptor 650. However Charlie pushed the motorcycle even harder the third day recording a stunning 133.779mph top speed, for a new record of 132.050mph (212.514m/h).