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Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Sets New Record of 212 Kmph at Annual Speed Week at Lake Gairdner

The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 that set the new record of 212kmph. (Image source: Royal Enfield)

The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 that set the new record of 212kmph. (Image source: Royal Enfield)

The record was broken by Charlie Hallam on day one of Speed Week, with his first run at 196kmph. He backed that up with a 198kmph pass, for a provisional record of 199kmph.

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Salt Racer has set the class record at the annual Speed Week run at Lake Gairdner, South Australia. The Interceptor 650 Twin broke the four-year-old class record on each of its runs, leaving the new mark at 212.514 kmph. The Mid Life Cycles’ Interceptor was entered in Class M-F 650, for 650cc un-streamlined motorcycles running commercial unleaded fuel. The old record of 119.961 MPH was set at Lake Gairdner in 2016.

The record was broken by Charlie Hallam on day one of Speed Week (Monday 8 March 2021), with his first run at 121.782 MPH. He backed that up with a 123.601 MPH pass, for a provisional record of 122.691 MPH.

On the morning of day two of the Speed Week, the Interceptor 650 clocked 128.935 MPH and 130.204 MPH for a new provisional record of 129.570 MPH. The Geelong-based Harness Racing Australia team, headed by experienced salt racers Andrew and Kate Hallam, thought this was an extraordinary result for a 650cc single-cam, air-cooled Twin, but Charlie believed there was a little more to come. That afternoon, the Interceptor ran 130.370 MPH and was then impounded overnight until it could do a back-up run the next morning. This run, under increasingly stormy skies, saw a stunning 133.779 MPH top speed, for a new record of 132.050 MPH.

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Commenting on the achievement, Mr. Vinod Dasari, CEO, Royal Enfield said, “The Royal Enfield 650 Twins are one of our finest motorcycles and have continuously set new benchmarks in motorcycling. This is the second time that we have established a remarkable feat with the Twins, in 2018, the Bonneville Racer recorded an impressive top speed of over 159 mph at Bonneville Salt Flats and this speed record is yet another remarkable feat for us. This recognition validates the tremendous progress we continue to make in our journey and we hope this will inspire many more motorcyclists to push their boundaries and achieve the pursuit of excellence.”

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