Royal Enfield Continental GT (Cafe Racer): Power and Speed at your beck and call!

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Royal Enfield Continental GT (Cafe Racer) undoubtedly defines motorcycling finest hour.

If you love speed, but can’t afford a superbike, Royal Enfield Continental GT, the Indian version of Cafe Racer, is for you. The exhilarating speed and power of this bike will excite you no end.

The Look:

For starters, the look of a typical Café Racer is unmistakable in this bike, what with its aggressive look. The compact design with low-positioned headlight and handlebar straightaway puts it in the category of a racer. Its other features too are truly awesome, like round chrome-finish headlight, accompanied by two retro-styled orange side indicators, short front fender with non-glossy silver finish that gels well with telescopic front forks and disc plate, and chrome-finish multi-spoke rims. It possesses a distinctive long seat merged into a sporty rear cowl and a longish fuel tank with premium paint finish. The contrasting yellow-coloured rear shock absorbers are certainly eye-catching.

The Console:

The two stand-alone circular dials constitute the instrument console. The left dial houses the analogue speedometer and odometer, while right dial carries the analogue tachometer with other indicators. In addition, a blue back-lit LCD displays the odometer and the fuel gauge.

The Performance:

From 500cc engine, the engine has been upgraded to 535cc, giving it extra muscle. The single cylinder, 4-stroke is engine generates a maximum power of 29.1 BHP at 5100 rpm. The torque output is increased to at 44 NM at 4000 rpm. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.

The Ride:

Continental GT is the first bike in the Royal Enfield stable to get a double cradle chassis that makes for superior handling. A powerful engine and comparatively lighter weight gets it better power to weight ratio to make it zoom on the roads. Little wonder a top speed of 140 to 150 kmph can easily be achieved by this bike, bringing it into the ambit of a Café Racer. The riding position obtained while riding may tempt one to speed up, so it will surely be interesting to see how well it takes to the crowded Indian roads.

The Consumption:

Powerful engines consume more, but in this case the light weight of this bike somewhat compensates for its consumption, giving a respectable 26 kmpl on the road and more on the highway.

The Comfort and Safety:

As far as comfort goes, its long seat, with its nice under thigh support, is designed to give hours of comfortable riding. Few elements like rear set foot-pegs are so placed as to make the knees firmly stick around its fuel tank and handlebar clips help to bend the rider forward, improving the aerodynamics. Safety of the bike at high speeds is ensured by the front Brembo full floating disc and a rear disc brakes.

Royal Enfield Continental GT

The Colours:

Three shades: GT Black, GT Red and GT Green. GT Yellow was recently discontinued.

The Cost:

The electric start bike is priced at Rs. 2,07,539

The Verdict:

Although most expensive, this powerful Café Racer Continental GT 535 is certain to win the speed buffs over with its retro styling and top-end performance. Royal Enfield is the brand which gives goose bumps to each and every Indian bike rider. It is an Indian version of Harley Davidson. You cannot ignore it. Have a royal retreat for you, have a royal ride for you. Royal Enfield is made for you version bike.

Just go for it. It is the best.

Have a great and safe riding experience.

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