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I'm 62 this year, and on my 10th Honda. Love Hondas.

HOWEVER, I've been thinking about a change.

At 62, with all the associated operations, aches and pains, and cognitive decline, I've been rethinking my priorities.

I've had 1800 VTXs, several 1300s, and this year went way down to a 750 Shadow. Great bike, but its a heavy beast and about as nimble as a Freightliner. In my 62 year old opinion, at least.

Its hard to break out of old habits and think "outside the box".

I was considering downsizing to something lighter and more nimble. Horsepower and torque are no longer high priorities.

After exhausting research, I've decided to try a Suzuki SV650.

But then I saw an Intercepter 650.

Nah, its made in India. I'm a fan of Japanese quality.

Oh, but the price....And you say I can get a chrome gas tank?

I know these aren't built to the same quality as my beloved Hondas, but maybe its just what I need in my life right now.

My question to you guys, are the REs decent enough quality? Do they leak oil? Leave you stranded? Anyone else here traded from an asian bike?

This just might be exactly what I want, and maybe what I need. Keep your bells and whistles, just give me a fun and nimble bike (even if she's a little bit of a porker) that has the right feel.

Brian
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Hey @bsouza10x welcome to the forum! If you have the opportunity I'd highlight recommend going for a test ride on an Interceptor 650, you should be pleasantly surprised with how it feels.

There are a few long term reviews that have been really positive about what the Interceptor 650 is like to live with. From I've seen and read from others overall the reliability has been good.




 

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I went from a BMW R9T Urban GS to a Himalayan, so I know what you're thinking about the downsizing thought.
I've only put just under 5000 km on it and no issues at all.
In fact I'm that confident in the RE brand I'm picking up a new Classic 350 next week.
You need to take into account the amount of bikes RE are selling when you read about the issues. Plus they have a 3 year warranty.

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I'm 62 this year, and on my 10th Honda. Love Hondas.

HOWEVER, I've been thinking about a change.

At 62, with all the associated operations, aches and pains, and cognitive decline, I've been rethinking my priorities.

I've had 1800 VTXs, several 1300s, and this year went way down to a 750 Shadow. Great bike, but its a heavy beast and about as nimble as a Freightliner. In my 62 year old opinion, at least.

Its hard to break out of old habits and think "outside the box".

I was considering downsizing to something lighter and more nimble. Horsepower and torque are no longer high priorities.

After exhausting research, I've decided to try a Suzuki SV650.

But then I saw an Intercepter 650.

Nah, its made in India. I'm a fan of Japanese quality.

Oh, but the price....And you say I can get a chrome gas tank?

I know these aren't built to the same quality as my beloved Hondas, but maybe its just what I need in my life right now.

My question to you guys, are the REs decent enough quality? Do they leak oil? Leave you stranded? Anyone else here traded from an asian bike?

This just might be exactly what I want, and maybe what I need. Keep your bells and whistles, just give me a fun and nimble bike (even if she's a little bit of a porker) that has the right feel.

Brian
In Tucson.
I’ve owned 29 bikes over the years and just turned 64.
I can honestly say my 2021 650 interceptor has more character than any bike I’ve owned. I’ve learned over the years that’s what I love more about a bike than anything else. Riding back roads at lower speeds or across town on this bike is rewarding. The clutch and transmission are awesome. The power delivery is fun my fuel mileage is always 66.
I’ve put 6k miles on in 17 months and adjusted the valves twice and changed the oil twice. No need to take the tank off for valve adjustment but do lift the seat end up and prop it. Slide the valve cover from side to side just enough and you’re in.
The bike has shown to be very dependable I’d ride it anywhere. Short stints on the freeway are ok but ours are in poor condition so I refrain.
Cash talks when you go to the dealer. Try and get out of dealer prep and shipping. Good luck with that but try anyway.
I’ve put a seat cover on I bought on eBay made in the streets of India that I love $65 and changed the unsightly round blinkers to the oem oblong ones from the previous year. I also bought those on eBay.
Did I say I love this motorbike.
 

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I’ve owned 29 bikes over the years and just turned 64.
I can honestly say my 2021 650 interceptor has more character than any bike I’ve owned. I’ve learned over the years that’s what I love more about a bike than anything else. Riding back roads at lower speeds or across town on this bike is rewarding. The clutch and transmission are awesome. The power delivery is fun my fuel mileage is always 66.
I’ve put 6k miles on in 17 months and adjusted the valves twice and changed the oil twice. No need to take the tank off for valve adjustment but do lift the seat end up and prop it. Slide the valve cover from side to side just enough and you’re in.
The bike has shown to be very dependable I’d ride it anywhere. Short stints on the freeway are ok but ours are in poor condition so I refrain.
Cash talks when you go to the dealer. Try and get out of dealer prep and shipping. Good luck with that but try anyway.
I’ve put a seat cover on I bought on eBay made in the streets of India that I love $65 and changed the unsightly round blinkers to the oem oblong ones from the previous year. I also bought those on eBay.
Did I say I love this motorbike.
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I own a 2019 Interceptor. It's a great bike. The quality overall is just as good as anything else out there. There's always room for improvement, but show me a bike in which that does not hold true. It's a rock solid machine.
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I'm 62 this year, and on my 10th Honda. Love Hondas.

HOWEVER, I've been thinking about a change.

At 62, with all the associated operations, aches and pains, and cognitive decline, I've been rethinking my priorities.

I've had 1800 VTXs, several 1300s, and this year went way down to a 750 Shadow. Great bike, but its a heavy beast and about as nimble as a Freightliner. In my 62 year old opinion, at least.

Its hard to break out of old habits and think "outside the box".

I was considering downsizing to something lighter and more nimble. Horsepower and torque are no longer high priorities.

After exhausting research, I've decided to try a Suzuki SV650.

But then I saw an Intercepter 650.

Nah, its made in India. I'm a fan of Japanese quality.

Oh, but the price....And you say I can get a chrome gas tank?

I know these aren't built to the same quality as my beloved Hondas, but maybe its just what I need in my life right now.

My question to you guys, are the REs decent enough quality? Do they leak oil? Leave you stranded? Anyone else here traded from an asian bike?

This just might be exactly what I want, and maybe what I need. Keep your bells and whistles, just give me a fun and nimble bike (even if she's a little bit of a porker) that has the right feel.

Brian
In Tucson.
I first road a 1974 cb350 four than a 2006 599. I love UJM design. I just sold the 350 and bought the RE Interceptor which I have had 2 weeks. Still have 599. Biggest quality difference I’ve noticed so far is grips and switchgear. I am 60 and wanted something easy to own and easy to ride. I love my Interceptor. I have lusted over triumphs for 15 years. Couldn’t justify the price. RE is so cheap it was easy to justify. I have no issues at all but only 175 miles. Here are pics on new bike and gone but never forgotten cb 350 four (last bike Mr. Honda engineered)
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