Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Sets New Speed Record at Speed Week Australia

The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Salt Racer, modified by Mid Life Cycles in Melbourne, has set a new speed record at Speed Week Australia, held at Lake Gairdner, South Australia. The motorcycle achieved a top speed of 212.514 km/h (132.050 mph), surpassing the previous record of 119.961 mph set in 2016.

Speed Week Australia 2021 Highlights

  • Event Location: Lake Gairdner, South Australia
  • Top Speed Achieved: 212.514 km/h (132.050 mph)
  • Previous Record: 119.961 mph
  • Motorcycle Class: M-F 650 (650cc un-streamlined motorcycles using commercial unleaded fuel)

Record-Breaking Performance

The remarkable performance of the Interceptor 650 was evident from the first day of Speed Week on March 8, 2021, when Charlie Hallam, the rider, clocked an initial run at 121.782 mph. This was quickly followed by a 123.601 mph pass, setting a provisional record of 122.691 mph.

On the second day, the motorcycle recorded speeds of 128.935 mph and 130.204 mph, achieving a new provisional record of 129.570 mph. The following day, under stormy skies, Hallam achieved a stunning 133.779 mph, resulting in the new official record of 132.050 mph.

Engineering Excellence

The record-setting Interceptor 650 showcased the capabilities of Royal Enfield’s 650 Twin engine. The motorcycle retained its traditional twin-loop steel frame from the road bike, with minimal modifications allowed under class rules. The Geelong-based HRA team, led by Andrew and Kate Hallam, expressed their satisfaction with the performance, highlighting the reliability and robustness of the Royal Enfield 650 Twin engine.

Statements from Royal Enfield

Vinod Dasari, CEO of Royal Enfield, celebrated the achievement, stating, “The Royal Enfield 650 Twins have continuously set new benchmarks in motorcycling. This new speed record is yet another remarkable feat for us, validating the tremendous progress we continue to make in our journey.”

Vimal Sumbly, Head of Business APAC, added, “We are absolutely delighted with the Interceptor 650 breaking the speed record at Speed Week Australia. This recognition inspires many more motorcyclists to push their boundaries and achieve excellence.”

About Speed Week

Speed Week, organized by the Dry Lakes Racers Australia (DLRA), is an annual event held at Lake Gairdner. The event features a unique setting where participants can test the limits of their vehicles on the salt lake, known as “the big white dyno.” It attracts a diverse range of vehicles, including cars, motorcycles, and trucks, from vintage to modern models.

About Royal Enfield

Royal Enfield, the oldest motorcycle brand in continuous production since 1901, is known for its beautifully crafted, accessible, and fun-to-ride motorcycles. With a rich heritage and a growing global presence, Royal Enfield continues to foster a passionate community of riders through events like Rider Mania and Himalayan Odyssey.

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