Royal Enfield Continental GT 650

Café racers

Café racers 1960s
A cafe racer is a lightweight, powerful motorcycle made for speed and handling rather than comfort used in the 1960s. The long tank, narrow handlebars enable the rider to tuck in and seat him in a aggressive riding position reducing wind resistance and improving control.

The RE GT 650

GT 650 riding
The first twin cylinder bikes from Royal Enfield are the 650 twin.  The design was inspired from 1950s café racers and café culture. 

GT 650 Chassis

Chassis
For authentic styling and precise performance the GT 650 has tubular steel chassis. It has 1398mm wheelbase and 798mm seat height. This makes it very accessible and offers a confident riding position. The RE continental GT 650 has 174mm and 24 degree rake angle making city riding easy.

Suspension

The suspension has a 41mm fork with 110mm travel at the front. The rear has twin coil over shock units with 88mm travel chosen to retain RE’s authentic twin shock look. It has 5-stage preload adjustment with gas reservoirs for both the shocks. 

Engine

Engine
The Parallel twin 648cc engine is more refined than all the past RE engines. This engine puts out 47 bhp at 7150RPM and a maximum torque of 52Nm at 5250RPM. According to RE 80% of the maximum torque is available at 2500RPM.

Transmission

Continental GT 650 transmission
Royal Enfield uses a 6-speed gearbox for the first time in the 650 twins. The gearbox is tested on public roads and race tracks with proper gear ratios. It has a slipper clutch which makes the clutch lever light

Tyres

Pirelli tyres
The GT 650 comes with 18″ front and rear wheels which come with 36 spoke aluminum alloy rims. The classic rims are backed by the modern Pirelli phantom sportscomp tyres with 100/90 front profile and 130/70 at the rear which were specially made for Royal Enfield.

GT 650 Brakes

Brakes
The 650 twins use a 320mm floating front disc with twin piston ByBre calipers and a 240mm rear disc backed by Bosch dual channel ABS to provide strong and safe stopping power to the brakes.

Price

GT 650 cornering
The RE twins turned out to be Harley killers because of their aggressive pricing. The price for the RE continental GT 650 is ₹2.81 Lakh ex showroom and the interceptor 650 is ₹2.65Lakh ex-showroom.

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Triton Rocker, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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