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Customised Royal Enfield 650 Interceptor sets speed record

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by Phil West from https://www.motorcyclenews.com

Who said Royal Enfields weren’t fast? Not Mid-Life Cycles, the dealer behind this special Interceptor 650 which recently posted a record 132mph at the Australian equivalent of Bonneville Speed Week.

Called the Sabre, the machine is based on a 2019 Interceptor 650 but puts out around 70bhp (up from 47bhp) and has been built to show the bike’s potential and as a test bed for parts and accessories to be offered to the public.

Created to conform to the ‘M-F 650’ class, an unfaired, production-based formula, the intention was to compete at 2020’s Speed Week at Lake Gairdner in South Australia, a salt lake similar to Bonneville in Utah, USA.

The pandemic scuppered those plans – until now, as rider Charlie Hallam posted a class record of 121.78mph first time out before gradually setting a new standard of 132.05mph. Not bad for an air-cooled, OHC parallel twin displacing just 648cc.

The engine has, of course, been heavily reworked, by specialists HRA Geelong. Although capacity is unchanged, as per the rules, the crank has been balanced, rods shot-peened and new pistons added to help raise compression to a heady 11:1 requiring 98 RON fuel.

Head and ports have been modified to flow as much fuel as possible and there are special custom valves while the single camshaft is now HRA’s ‘Competition Profile 1286 Racing Camshaft’. Open race pipes exit each side, the transmission’s gears were recut to reduce friction and special sprockets were made.

Although the frame is stock, the swingarm has been lengthened to the maximum permissible, suspension replaced by Öhlins front and rear, wheels are lighter, wider alloys, and ultra low clip-on bars and a more aerodynamically efficient front mudguard were fitted. Now the plan is for Mid-Life to offer performance and big-bore kits for the road.

“The 650 really lends itself to performance mods,” said Mid-Life Cycles CEO Michael Catchpole. “So we set out to build a Salt Racer using the standard Interceptor frame, as dictated by M-F-650 rules, but with a modified engine.

“We’ve kept the 648cc capacity but used various turning parts including a special cam developed by Hallam Racing. We’re also developing performance kits for the Interceptor and GT 650 road bikes based on using this cam, in Stage One, Stage Two, and Stage Three versions.”

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 breaks 4-year-old speed record at over 212 km/h
by https://www.financialexpress.com

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 191.93 km/h was set at Lake Gairdner in 2016.

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 has broken a long-standing speed record in Australia. Mid Life Cycles’ 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 km/h. 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 191.93 km/h was set at Lake Gairdner in 2016.

The remarkable record was broken by Charlie Hallam on day one of Speed Week (Monday 8 March 2021), with his first run at 194.85 km/h. He backed that up with a 197.76 km/h pass, for a provisional record of 196.3 km/h.

On the morning of day two of the Speed Week, the Interceptor 650 clocked 206.29 km/h and 208.32 km/h for a new provisional record of 207.31 km/h. Charlie believed there was a little more to come.

That afternoon, the Interceptor ran 208.59 km/h 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 214.04 km/h top speed, for a new record of 211.28 km/h.

The traditional twin-loop steel frame was carried over from the road bike to the racer, with minimal modifications allowed under the class rules.

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, Vinod Dasari, CEO, Royal Enfield, said.

Jace Owen Clinch Arenacross Championships in Salt Lake City

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Jace Owen and Pirelli SCORPION™ MX Tires Clinch Arenacross Championships in Salt Lake City

Jace Owen clinched both Pro Class Championships in Kicker Arenacross. | Photo – Phoenix Racing

Phoenix Racing Honda to Debut at Eastern Regional Monster Energy Supercross

ROME, Ga. (February 26, 2019) – The penultimate round of the 2019 Kicker Arenacross Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah was dominated by the Phoenix Racing Honda team, capturing both the 250 Pro and Open Pro Championshipswith Jace Owen. Owen showcased the performance of Pirelli’s SCORPION™ MX32™ tires by sweeping the 250 Pro and Open Pro classes on both Friday and Saturday nights racing alongside teammates Freddie Noren and Isaac Teasdale.

“Everyone at Pirelli would like to congratulate the Phoenix Racing Honda team on an incredible season in the Kicker Arenacross Championship,” said Josh Whitmire, Director of Sales, Pirelli. “Jace Owen proved that he is competing at a high level, week after week, and that the SCORPION™ MX32™ tires were ready to match the same intensity he brought to the racetrack. We’re excited to see the team of Owen, Noren, and Teasdale continue their efforts with a debut in the Monster Energy Supercross Championship this weekend at Pirelli’s home race in Atlanta.”

On Friday night, Owen was relentless as he stormed to the 250 Pro Class win, followed by Teasdale and Noren in second and third, respectively. The Open Pro Class once again saw Owen take the checkered flag, while teammates Noren and Teasdale swapped results to complete the podium. The double victory by Owen was enough for him to be crowned champion in both classes.

As the gate dropped on Saturday night’s action, it was Owen who put in another impressive ride to emerge victorious in the 250 Pro Class, just ahead of Teasdaleand Noren. The tables turned for the Open Pro Class as Noren raced to his first victory of the season, ending Owen’s perfect run in 2019. Teasdale rode strong to finish second and Owen helped the team sweep the podium with a hard-fought third.

Jace Owen (#115), Isaac Teasdale (#119) and Freddie Noren (#101) put their SCORPION MX tires up front. | Photo – Phoenix Racing

“What an incredible feeling to end the Arenacross season with both championships,” said Owen. “There have been a lot of ups and downs the last few years, but this makes every struggle and all of the hard work worth it. My Pirelli tires consistently got me off the gate to good starts and hooked up all season long. I can’t wait to keep this momentum rolling as we head to Atlanta!”

With both Kicker Arenacross Championships wrapped up, the Phoenix Racing Honda team makes their Monster Energy Supercross Championship debut this week in Atlanta. All three team riders will look to carry their momentum into the Eastern Regional 250SX Class for the first of two 250SX East/West showdowns.

To learn more about the complete line of Pirelli motorcycle tires, please visit www.pirelli.com

Results
Kicker Arenacross Championship
Maverik Center – Salt Lake City, Utah

Friday, February 22,
250 Pro

  1. Jace Owen
  2. Isaac Teasdale
  3. Fredrik Noren

Open Pro

  1. Jace Owen
  2. Freddie Noren
  3. Isaac Teasdale

Saturday, February 23
250 Pro

  1. Jace Owen
  2. Isaac Teasdale
  3. Fredrik Noren

Open Pro

  1. Freddie Noren
  2. Isaac Teasdale
  3. Jace Owen