Royal Enfield Continental GT(View All Models)
Royal Enfield has launched the Continental GT in United Kingdom at a price of GBP 5200. That means, it’s going to cost around Rs. 2-2.25 lakh rupees in India, when launched in the festive season of November. At this price, surely it’s now the costliest Royal Enfield, but given its antique minute detailing and hefty & exclusive Italian kit on offer, this price tag seems to be a more value-for-money affair than an over-priced mistake. The best RE till date? – It’s a B.I.G. yes, without any second thought and single doubt. With the Royal Enfield Continental GT carrying all the RE traits, this one is clearly going to be one of the most exquisite machines ever seen on Indian roads. And that reminds me to the question stated in the beginning – It is surely an all-new ground breaking beast. Time to see an all new long-waiting list of ‘thumping’ fans, then.
Review of Royal Enfield Continental GT
Royal Enfield Continental GT OverView
Royal Enfield. Now whenever this pure heritage name strikes our Indian minds, we instantly think about the glorious motorcycles, which, although being modern, have the ability to take you back in the charming period of ‘50s with their retro looks and design, their ‘dug-dug’ effect is equally respectable to the ‘potato-potato’ of HDs. No wonder, it holds a special sweet spot in the ‘Bharatiya’ hearts and you cannot ignore its godly image among the pure enthusiasts. That’s the aura of RE bikes that even after falling short in some serious aspects as compared to their rivals, the long-waiting periods on its each model elaborate the fan following Royal Enfield is enjoying over the last so-many decades. It has given instances of each and every old-school design in a modern avatar, except the one which created a huge gaga in Europe a long time back – café racers. Unfortunately, Indians never had an opportunity to have a taste of café racers. Thus, RE must be given an applauding credit for launching this exotic example of an ‘over-a-five-decade-old’ culture, with the name 'Royal Enfield Continental GT'. The objective is one – to start an all new queue outside the RE showrooms, but which path is Royal Enfield is going to follow - An old-sheep in a new clothes or an all new ground-breaking initiative? Let’s find it out.
Royal Enfield Continental GT Designing
You have to admit it – Café Racers are one of the most lustrous design languages in the motorcycling context. It’s that vintage brutal character that makes this design lovable and appealing for the riders and bike lovers of all age groups, be it a college goer youth or a retired Colonel. Kudos to RE for introducing this gestate on Indian soil. The Royal Enfield Continental GT has a classy feel to it, with its compact outstanding silhouette and antique detailings. The low-positioned headlamp and clip-on handlebars, coupled with an extra-long fuel tank never seen before on any Indian motorcycle, results in an unconventional but sporty seating position. The headlamp is a round, chrome-finished unit which is accompanied by two circular pods above it: the right one featuring an analogue speedometer and a small LCD unit for odometer, and the left one sporting an analogue tachometer, both surrounded by chrome linings. This instrument cluster is fully in league with the rest of the design of the motorcycle. This retro theme is carried out in the turn indicators too, which are big orange colored units. The front and rear fenders are finished in non-glossy silver color which gels with the image of the bike. Coming back to the fuel tank, it’s an elongated unit with nice sculptures and premium paint finish, on which the ‘Royal Enfield’ name is proudly adorned. The rear-view mirrors are also first of its kind; the two small but very functional mirrors setup on the end of the palm grips on either sides. The engine is also finished in a dual tone paint fashion, the first for any Royal Enfield, which differentiates it from other mates in its RE stable. The middle of the side profile look a bit basic with a simple boxy design for the two short body panels, but they go with the flow of a Café Racer design. The rear is beautifully crafted with a sporty cowl adorned on top of the rear fender, which is available only on single-seat models and can be replaced with a rear-seat for pillion riders, available as an option. The high-raised and fat chrome-fed silencer looks awesome too. The tail lamp too is mounted on the rear fender, along with the number plate. The fat tyre at the back makes the rear view of this bike extremely sporty. The levels of switchgear and overall build quality are on par with the rest of the Royal Enfield line-up.
Royal Enfield Continental GT Engine And Performance
This Café Racer from Royal Enfield was supposed to bear an all new engine, but instead what we are going to get is the same familiar 500cc engine as found in other RE models. Though this engine is a revised bored out version, resulting in an overall increase in cubic capacity of 535cc, and is equipped with a lighter flywheel and re-mapped ECU for better sporty performance. This increase in cc has made this single-cylinder, 4-stroke engine generate a maximum power of 29.1 bhp at 5000 rpm, a whole 3 bhp more than its 500cc version, and is healthy enough to generate more torque of 44 Nm at 4000 rpm. The engine is mated to Enfield standard five-speed manual gearbox, with a universal pattern of one-down and four-up gear shift pattern. The bike is quick enough to cover the 0-100 kmph sprint in 9.4 seconds, and credits to this nimbleness in performance goes to the better well-matched gear ratios and light-weighted character of motorcycle (184 kg), resulting in a better power-to-weight ratio than both Classic’s and Thunderbird’s 500cc versions. Café Racers are famous for their quick acceleration and stability at high speeds. This motorcycle is not an exception, and even at its top speed of around 148 kmph, it feels planted and sure-footed. Unlike other REs, this machine has a rev-happy nature, with improved top end performance. But what problem does it share with other REs is the unsorted fuelling, which needs to be checked for optimum top end performance and spry movements in start-stop situations in traffic. The fast performance is inversely proportioned on its fuel efficiency, with Royal Enfield Continental GT returning a low, but respectable overall mileage of 24 kmpl.
Royal Enfield Continental GT Braking And Handling
If you are expecting Continental GT to be an another Royal Enfield with the seating posture having a familiar touring spirit within it, think again, because with the low-set handlebar, double cradle chassis, long fuel tank and rear-set foot-pegs, this is one of the most extremely sporty and aerodynamic riding positions out there in the business and will prompt you to rev it hard every moment you open out the throttle. The equally long seat is wide and offers you oodles of under thigh support. And if you are bored of the regular Indian dishes of suspension and braking, RE has given some Italian pizzazz to this Café Racer. With the suspension of 41mm front hydraulic forks and twin gas-charged shock absorbers with adjustable pre-loads at rear, sourced from Paioli, this bike is fun around corners and at the same time, provides you little feedback from the potholes commonly found on Indian roads. The pasta feeling doesn’t ends here, the tyres are Pirelli Sport Demon - 100/90 at front and 130/70 at rear. There’s no need to tell how fabulous Pirellis are in this department, these wide profile tyres are extremely grippy even in wet conditions. And if you thought the Italian menu is over, the real toppings on the Pizza is still remaining: Brembo 300mm floating disc with 2-piston floating calipers at front and 240mm disc with single floating caliper at rear, with steel braided brake lines. These brakes are by far the best on any RE till date, providing you the perfect spot-on feedback and stopping distances. Royal Enfields are renowned for their digestive and comfortable ride quality and with such Italian ‘cuisines’ on board, there is no chance on doubting about its credentials. The ride quality is till now the best on any Royal Enfield, taking the mile munching credentials altogether to a higher level.
Royal Enfield Continental GT Safety Features
Apart from the fabulous Italian tyres, suspension and brakes, RE hasn't offered any modern electronic safety aids like ABS.
Royal Enfield Continental GT Colors
Till now, the color options haven't been decided on the Continental GT for Indian market, but the trademark fabulous Bright Red shown in the Delhi Auto Expo'12 and at UK launch is surely very attractive.
Royal Enfield Continental GT Pros
Distinct looks, Price, Fabulous Italian kit on offer
Royal Enfield Continental GT Cons
Top-end performance, Fuel Efficiency
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