Lots of people want a Royal Enfield scrambler, based on its 650 twin platform, but so far, we haven’t seen any official release. That’s changed, sort of. There’s a kinda-sorta factory scrambler out now—the problem is that it’s only available in Latvia.
Royal Enfield’s Latvian subsidiary is selling the new Interceptor MCH, a limited-production machine designed by Moto Classic House. It has almost everything you’d expect on a modern retro-styled scrambler. Moto Classic House bolted on a set of high-mounted exhaust pipes (sourced from Zard)—never mind that many classic scramblers didn’t have ’em, this is what the current market wants. The new exhaust reduces the bike’s weight, and the builders re-tuned the engine to handle the improved airflow. Peak horsepower is supposed to be higher, although nobody’s saying how much it’s improved.
The MCH scrambler also gets a dirt bike-style handlebar, a wire headlight guard, and a skinny bash plate between the fork tubes. The minimalist windshield won’t break much airflow, but it does give it a period look without getting too much in the way. There’s a set of Michelin Anakee knobbies, and if we’re reading the spec sheet right, the bike runs on 18-inch wheels front and rear. Not ideal for a scrambler, but this thing isn’t intended for hardcore off-road flogging. It looks like the bike has the factory shocks and forks, so things would go bad if you pushed it hard off-pavement. That’s where this machine differs from many of the scramblers introduced in the past few years. More and more, these retros are being designed to perform better off-road.
If you’re interested, there are a few more details at the Latvian Royal Enfield website. The MSRP is €9,380, and if you really want one, maybe you could buy one and ride it in another Euro country, at least.