RE Interceptor 650 Receives A Minimalist Makeover
The Prime Project is one of the best-looking custom Interceptors we’ve seen so far
- Design of the Prime Project was approved by Royal Enfield.
- The powerplant remains untouched.
- The headlight has been lowered by 5.5-inches.
- Gets low-set handlebars for sportier ergonomics.
Royal Enfield’s motorcycles are fairly easy to customise due to their simple and no-nonsense design. For years, we have seen Royal Enfield motorcycles being modified by their owners as well as custom shops. So, when the company launched the 650 twins last year, it was only a matter of time before someone modified it. During the Bangkok International Motor Show, Zeus Customs showcased this: the Prime Project.
Unlike other custom Royal Enfield motorcycles, this one was approved by Royal Enfield itself and was displayed at the company’s stand along with the standard Interceptor 650. Talking about the changes, Zeus Customs has done a plethora of alterations over the standard Interceptor 650. For starters, the rear sub-frame is shorter and the custom seat is integrated into the new and slightly redesigned fuel tank, giving it a sleek look. The vacant space that you’re looking beneath the seat is where you would normally find the air-filter and the battery, but Zeus has moved them to give it a clean appearance.
The standard handlebar seen on the stock Interceptor 650 has been replaced with a low-set unit for sportier ergonomics. Due to this, Zeus had to fit a custom headlight, which is placed 5.5-inch lower. Other design-based changes include a new compass-like speedometer and a new custom seat.
It is powered by the same 648cc parallel twin engine that produces 47.6PS and 52Nm. The 6-speed transmission along with an assist and slipper clutch have been carried forward. The front suspension gets rubber gaiters whereas the gas-charged unit at the rear has been removed as well. Also, the bike gets custom exhausts, which, in our books, looks good. The Prime Project features chunky tyres sourced from Firestone at both ends. Because a cafe racer-inspired motorcycle is incomplete with fat tyres, right?
As mentioned earlier, Royal Enfield had approved the design to grab more attention at its stall. The Prime Project is a shining example that not every custom motorcycle has to be larger than life and even with minimalism, you can make a statement.