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Launched in India in September 2013.

The Continental GT, the much awaited and anticipated cafe racer motorcycle from the oldest two-wheeler manufacturer in the world, which is still in production. This is presently the fastest, lightest and the most powerful production bike of RE. Powered by a 535cc, Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Air cooled engine, which delivers a firing peak power of 29.1 horse power @ 5100 revs and a peak torque of 44 Nm @ 4000 revs, the machine takes the rider to a top speed of 160 km/h. No wonder, this is such a piece of bi-wheeling to thrill the cafe racer class in the motorcycle world.

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Rs. 2,05,000 [ Onroad, New Delhi ]

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Royal Enfield Continental GT is available in following colours - Red, Black, Yellow
Mileage Under Standard Test Conditions 30 km per litre

Technical Specifications
Type Motorcycle
Engine Displacement 535.00 cc
Engine Type Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Air cooled
Engine Starting Electric/Kick
Bore x Stroke 85mm x 90mm
Compression Ratio 8.5:1
Engine Lubrication Wet sump
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Fuel System Keihin Electronic Fuel Injection
Ignition Digital Electronic Ignition
Maximum Power 29.1 bhp (21.4 kW) @ 5100 rpm
Maximum Torque 44 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Transmission 5 Speed Constant Mesh
Gear Shift Pattern 1-down, 4-up
Top Speed 160 kmph
Battery 12 volt, 14 Ah
Head Lamp 12V H4 60 / 55 W
Tail Lamp 12V 21W/5W
Front Brake Brembo 300mm Floating disc, 2-Piston floating caliper
Rear Brake 240mm Disc, Single piston floating caliper
Chassis and Suspension
Frame Twin downtube cradle frame
Front Suspension Telescopic, 41mm forks, 110mm travel
Rear Suspension Paioli,Twin gas charged shock absorbers with adjustable preload, 80mm travel
Wheel Type Spoke
Front Tyre 100/90-18, 56 H Pirelli Sport Demon
Rear Tyre 130/70-18, 63 H Pirelli Sport Demon
Length x Width x Height 2060 x 760 x 1070 mm
Wheelbase 1360 mm
Weight 184 kg
Ground Clearance 140 mm
Petrol Tank Capacity 13.5 litres

First Impression Review

Cafe Racers were born and brought up at the early 70s in Europe. This was rather a custom made motorcycle, modified from the production models. It was used for street races especially to race between cafes in the expressways. In India, it was an unexplored area until Royal Enfield introduced the very first Cafe Racer in the form of Continental GT in the year 2013. This new Continental GT is based on the old model Continental based on 250cc single cylinder made from the famous Redditch factory of Birminhgam in the 60s.

Royal Enfield Continental Gt Pic 39

The Engine
It was the time, which Royal Enfield has been waiting so long. The introduction of their new engine on a brand new motorcycle. The iconic 350 and 500cc engine were too old to be mounted on this fresh motorcycle.

GT Engine

Therefore, the R&D team of Royal Enfield developed this new 535cc, single cylinder, 4-stroke, air cooled engine with electronic fuel injection. This new mill has been tuned to deliver a maximum power of 29.1 bhp @ 5100 rpm and a peak torque of 44 Nm @ 4000 rpm. Engine is then mated with a 5-speed constant mesh gearbox, which is common to the all 500cc models of RE. The Continental GT is lot more quicker than its near siblings like Classic 500 and the Thunderbird 500. It takes less than 5 seconds to hit 60 kmph mark and within 12 seconds it can clock 100 kmph as well. Overall, it is the quickest and most nicest RE to ride with it.

The Design

GT Front

All Cafe Racers are similar in looks. Take the mighty Thruxton of the Triumph motorcycles. Both looks similar from head to tail. As we mentioned earlier, Cafe Racers were custom made bikes to create a more aggressive riding position by modifying the seat and changing the handlebar. Therefore, it uses the iconic cafe racer styled low-down clip-on handlebars and racer styled humped seats.

GT clip-on handlebar

The flat single saddle is supportive and wide enough for smooth comfort rides. But it is not meant for long distance rides as the forward leaning may cause back aches. But the usage of vibe dampers on the engine side doesn't suits well enough to the entire looks. The RE engineers had worked a lot to improve the fit and finish of the motorcycle. Therefore, it is the best looking RE in the town. It is available in GT Red, Gt Black and GT Green paint schemes.

Suspension, Chassis and Brakes
Unlike other models, the Continental GT uses double downtube steel frame, which has been designed and perfected from the Harris Engineering works of Hertford. It also helped the motorcycle to reduce some weight, while providing greater strength and well balanced structure. In order to add the premium feel, GT uses Paioli twin gas charged suspension with adjustable preload at the rear having 80 mm of travel. Up front telescopic, 41 mm forks with 110 mm travel is used. The 18-inch Pirelli tyres are icing on the cake. It provides a superior control on the tarmac. The ample stopping power of the motorcycle comes from 300 mm Brembo floating disc and 2-piston Brembo calipers at the front and 240mm disc brake at the rear. Here also the GT toppers its fellow siblings in the braking department with a powerful braking unit.

Cafe Racer humped seat

The Verdict
The Continental GT is happens to be the most advanced, good looking and well engineered RE of recent times. With a price tag of Rs 2.05, it is the most expensive Enfield as well. It has combined some of the best in class features available in the International market. Especially at the suspension and braking department. For the first time RE features Brembo disc brakes and Paioli gas charged suspension in their motorcycle. It also features Pirelli Sport Demon tyres, which is considered to be another plus point to the motorcycle. With all these elements along with the light weight chassis and wheels, it offers a better ride quality. Like every RE, it too disappoints every rider with its unique vibrations and rattles along the high revs. Apart from this, everything is refined and feels fresh in this home made Cafe Racer.
User Reviews of Continental GT. Write Your Review
because of less top speed
By on 27-01-2014
Its the best bike royal enfield has ever produced
. Amazing bike
By on 17-07-2014
I just love this bike. When ever i see it i become crazy.
By on 15-10-2016
I didn't ride this bike,I m crazy Abt design n power.
By on 14-06-2017
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