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2020 Royal Enfield INT650 first ride: You don't have to pay a lot to look good

The $5,700 INT650 -- known outside the US as the Interceptor 650 -- is a serious value proposition from a relatively underappreicated brand.

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Kyle Hyatt
Kyle Hyatt (he/him/his) hails originally from the Pacific Northwest, but has long called Los Angeles home. He's had a lifelong obsession with cars and motorcycles (both old and new).
Kyle Hyatt
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Royal Enfield has only been around in the US in its current form since 2015.

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In that time, it's struggled a bit to carve out market share because Americans don't historically love small-displacement bikes.

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In order to make a dent in the already-strong heritage-inspired standard bike segment, Enfield doubled its cylinder count.

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The INT650 is a 648-cc parallel-twin motorcycle making 44 horsepower in a very period-looking package.

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The INT650's party piece though, is its pricetag -- just $5,700 -- which places it well below the asking price of Triumph's Bonneville, for example.

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Despite its low asking price, the INT650 feels like a quality item.

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If it looks metal, it probably is and that includes the nicely painted tank.

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Some of the decals, like the ones on the side covers, are a little less cool, but if you buy it you can change it.

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The INT650 offers very few visual cues to the fact that it's a current model year motorcycle, and that's one of the things I like best about it.

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The suspension -- don't let the gold reservoirs fool you -- is the weak point of the bike. It's just too soft.

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