Indian Enfield Interceptor 750

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The Indian Enfield Interceptor 750 designed by motorsports publisher Floyd Clymer.
The Indian Enfield Interceptor 750 designed by motorsports publisher Floyd Clymer.
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The Indian Enfield Interceptor 750 designed by motorsports publisher Floyd Clymer.
The Indian Enfield Interceptor 750 designed by motorsports publisher Floyd Clymer.
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Small auxilliary gearshift lever shifts the transmission straight to neutral.
Small auxilliary gearshift lever shifts the transmission straight to neutral.

Indian Enfield Interceptor 750
Claimed power:
56hp @ 6,750rpm
Top speed: 115mph
Engine: 736cc OHV air-cooled parallel twin
Weight (dry): 410lb
Price then: $1,545
MPG: 37mpg (avg.)

I bought my first big Royal Enfield more than 30 years ago. Just saying that makes me realize why my hair is streaked with “sophisticated” gray.

I suppose I look back at that old 700 twin through rose-tinted glasses. It may have been very secondhand, but the engine had brutish power and was as smooth as any modern twin with balance shafts, almost certainly due to Enfield’s dynamic balancing of the rigid one-piece crankshaft.

I’ll admit the Armstrong gearbox needed firm pressure to make a change, but it had an auxiliary heel operated lever that let you go straight to neutral from any gear higher than first. And hammering along with the needle of the Smiths Chronometric hovering over the 110mph mark, the Enfield was rock steady.

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