Riding Royal Enfields in Baja

Joe Berk and a friend tour through Baja south to Guerrero Negro to see whales and to review the new Royal Enfield INT650.

The Royal Enfield 650 INT and 500 Bullet next to a gray whale skeleton in Baja

Royal Enfield INT650

Engine: 648cc air/oil-cooled SOHC parallel twin, 78mm x 67.8mm bore and stroke, 9.5:1 compression ratio, 47hp @ 7,250rpm (at crankshaft)
Top speed: 115 mph (est.)
Fueling: Bosch multi-point sequential fuel injection
Transmission: 6-speed, chain final drive
Electrics: 12v, digital electronic ignition
Frame/wheelbase: Dual downtube steel cradle frame/55.1 in (1,400mm)
Suspension: 41mm Gabriel telescopic fork front, twin Gabriel gas-charged piggyback shocks w/5-stage adjustable preload rear
Brakes: Single 12.6 (320mm) disc front, single 9.4in (240 mm) disc rear
Tires: 100/90 x18in front, 130/70 x 18in rear
Weight (dry): 44.4lb (202kg)
Seat height: 31.7in (804mm)
Fuel capacity: 3.6gal (13.7ltr)
Price: Starting at $5,799

I’ve always thought Royal Enfield singles were beautiful motorcycles, and the idea of a resurrected and modernized Enfield 650 twin was mesmerizing.

I love riding in Baja (see MC’s Destinations from November/ December 2008, November/December 2013 and July/August 2019), and with the above in mind, I contacted Royal Enfield North America with a proposal: Lend us two motorcycles and my good buddy Joe Gresh and I would take them through Baja and write about the experience. Enfield was on board in a heartbeat.

The new 650 air-and-oil-cooled engine is a thing of great beauty

7/11/2019 6:34:09 PM

Joe Gresh re-appears. What publication has his articles? Gresh is the greatest "in the saddle" moto writer ever.

7/11/2019 6:34:09 PM

It's completely safe. Don't believe what you read in the papers. Much more info available at ExhaustNotes (dot) us.

7/11/2019 9:54:58 AM

In my younger and stupider days I did this trip several times. On a 1980 CB750 F and a 1985 Ninja 600. Great trips and many wonderful people were me. It helps to helps to have a bottle of tequila with you. The natives are much friendlier. How safe is it now? Thanks for the great memories.

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