Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 - Owner's Manual > Safety Definitions

The information given under the titles: Warning, Caution and Note are for your safety and for the care and safety to your motorcycle and others. Please read these carefully and if disregarded may result in injury to yourself or others and damages to the motorcycle.

WARNING Indicates a potentially hazardous situation. Disregarding this message may result in injury to rider or other persons.

CAUTION This message, if disregarded, may result in damage to the motorcycle.

NOTE Indicates important and useful messages for better understanding.

Personal and Motorcycle Information

Personal and Motorcycle Information

Safe Riding Tips / Guidelines

  • Before operating your new motorcycle, we request you to carefully read and follow the operating and maintenance instructions detailed in this manual for the safety of your own, your motorcycle, and also that of others.
  • Know and adhere to the rules of the road with respect to your driving country.
  • Before starting the motorcycle, check for proper operation of brakes, clutch, gear shifter, handle bar controls, tyre pressures, fuel and oil levels, etc.
  • Use only genuine Royal Enfield spare parts and approved accessories. Use of other manufacturer's parts may affect the performance of your motorcycle and render the motorcycle void of warranty. Visit your Royal Enfield Authorised Service Centre for details.
  • Whenever refueling your motorcycle, please exercise utmost caution and carefully observe the following guidelines.
  • Refuel in a well ventilated area with the engine turned off condition.
  • Open the fuel filler cap slowly.
  • Switch OFF mobile phones and other hand held electronic devices.
  • DO NOT smoke and please ensure that there are no open flames or sparks near the motorcycle, when refuelling OR servicing the fuel system.
  • DO NOT fill the tank to its brim. Please fill fuel till the bottom of anti splash plate, so as to leave sufficient air space in the fuel tank to allow for fuel expansion.


Royal Enfield cautions you against the use of certain nonstandard parts such as aftermarket and custom made extended front forks or suspensions, which may adversely affect performance and handling. Removing or altering original parts may adversely affect performance and could result in accident.

  • A new motorcycle must be operated according to the special running-in-procedure. See running-in-procedure mentioned in respective section.
  • Operate motorcycle only at moderate speeds and out of traffic until you have become thoroughly familiar with its operation and handling characteristics under all conditions.
  • DO NOT exceed the legal speed limit or ride too fast for existing conditions. Always reduce speed when poor riding conditions exist. High speed increases the influence of any other condition affecting stability and increases the possibility of loss of control.


If you are an inexperienced rider we recommend that you obtain formal training on correct motorcycle riding techniques and become thoroughly familiar with the operation of your motorcycle. New riders should gain experience under various conditions while driving at moderate speeds.

Pay strict attention to road surfaces and wind conditions. Any motorcycle may be subject to the following upsetting forces:

  • Wind blasts from passing vehicles.
  • Rough or uneven road surfaces.
  • Slippery road surfaces.

These forces may affect the handling characteristics of your motorcycle. If this happens, reduce speed of the motorcycle to a controlled condition. Do not apply brake abruptly.

  • Operate your motorcycle defensively. Remember that a motorcycle does not afford the same protection as an automobile in an accident. One of the most common accident situations occurs when the rider / driver of the other motorcycle / vehicle fails to see or recognise a motorcycle and turns into the oncoming motorcyclist.
  • Wear an approved helmet, clothing, and footwear suited for riding a motorcycle. Bright/light colours are best for greater visibility in traffic, especially at night. Avoid loose, owing garments and scarves.
  • When carrying a pillion rider, it is your responsibility to instruct them on proper riding procedures.
  • DO NOT allow other individuals, under any circumstances, to operate your motorcycle unless you know they are experienced, licensed riders and are thoroughly familiar with the operating conditions of your motorcycle.


Regularly inspect shockabsorbers and front forks and look for leaks. Replace worn out parts. Worn out parts can adversely affect stability and handling.


For your personal welfare, all the listed service and maintenance recommendations should be performed. Lack of regular maintenance at the suggested intervals may affect the safe/durability/longevity operation of your motorcycle.


Avoid any contact with the exhaust system when hot. Wear clothing that will completely cover the legs while riding.

The exhaust system gets very hot when the engine is running and remains too hot to touch, even after the engine is turned off. Failure to wear proper or protective clothing could result in serious injury.


Exhaust gas contains poisonous carbon monoxide and chemicals, known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive defects.


Motorcycle batteries contain lead, acids and chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Exercise extreme caution while handling a battery, wash hands thoroughly whenever a battery is handled.


Consult your Royal Enfield Authorised Service Centre regarding any questions or problems that occur in the operation of your motorcycle. Failure to do so may aggravate an initial problem, cause costly repairs and jeopardize your personal safety.


DO NOT tow a motorcycle. The steering and handling of the towed motorcycle will be impaired due to the force of the towline. If a motorcycle must be transported, use a truck or a trailer.


DO NOT pull a trailer behind a motorcycle. Towing a trailer may cause reduced braking efficiency, tyre overloading and unstable handling, as it may cause loss of control of the motorcycle in the front, leading to an accident.

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     Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 - Owner's Manual > Rules of the Road

    Be sure your number plate is installed in the position specified by law and it is clearly visible at all times. Ride at a safe speed that is consistent with the type of road surface you are on. Pay strict attention while riding on the following surfaces : Dusty Oily Icy Wet Sand Watch for loose debris, such as leaves, slippery substances or gravel that can hamper the stability of your motorcycle. Keep to the correct side of the road centre line when meeting oncoming vehicles. Actuate your turn signals and exercise caution when passing other vehicles going in the same direction. Never try to pass another vehicle going in the same direction at street intersections, on curves, or when going up/or down a hill. At street intersection give the right-of-way to the motorcycle on your left or right. DO NOT presume you have the right-of-way. Adhere to the rules of the road with respect to your country when preparing to stop, turn or pass. While turning either right or left, watch for pedestrians, animals, as well as other vehicles. All traffic signs, including manual controls at intersections, should be obeyed promptly. SLOW DOWN at traffic signs near schools and CAUTION signs at railroad crossings. When intending to turn, signal at least 100 feet (30.5 meters) before reaching the turning. Be close to the centre line (unless local rules require otherwise), slow down and then turn carefully. Never jump a traffic light. When a change is imminent from GO to STOP (or vice versa) at intersections, slow down and wait for the light to change to green. Never run through a yellow or red traffic light. DO NOT leave the curb or parking area without signalling. Be sure your way is clear to enter moving traffic. A moving line of traffic always has the right-of-way. When parking the motorcycle, park on a firm and at surface to prevent it from falling over. Protect your motorcycle against theft. After parking your motorcycle, ensure that the steering head is locked and then remove the ignition key.