Meet The Custom Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 “Nought Tea” Version 2.0

Published On Oct 14, 2019 By Gaurav Sadanand for Royal Enfield Continental GT 650

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These two track-focused Continental GT 650s are 18.5 kg lighter and 26% more powerful than the standard model

  • The Nought Tea Version 2.0 has been built to commemorate 54 years of racing for Royal Enfield.
  • They feature a rebuilt engine, high-spec race components and better aerodynamics.
  • These custom builds have come to life courtesy Harris Performance, Brembo, Ohlins and HEL. 

The 650cc platform from Royal Enfield is known to be one of the widely used motorcycles for a custom-build. The brand with the help of some talented folks must have easily belted out more than two dozen custom motorcycles in a span of less than a year. And Royal Enfield’s not about to stop there though. They’ve now built two unique Continental GT 650s in collaboration with Brembo, Ohlins, HEL (Hose Equip Limited) and its racing arm Harris Performance. 

The duo christened as the Nought Tea GT version 2.0 are successors to the “Nought Tea GT” that was unveiled a couple of months ago. You see these bikes aren’t your ordinary Continental GT 650s with a fairing. There’s a lot more going on underneath. For starters, the two bikes weigh 18.5 kg less than the standard Continental GT and produce 26% more power at the rear wheel. 

The company managed to achieve this by rebuilding the motor with a custom ported cylinder head, new throttle bodies, an uprated ignition system, race camshaft and twin ITG air filter. The engine also breathes better courtesy of 2-2 high flow headers and silencers. Finally, the power is transferred to the rear wheel which runs a lighter chain sprocket.

The riding posture has been revised with low-set clip-on handlebars and custom-made adjustable rearsets. For improved aerodynamics, the bike features a 3 piece custom fairing with a dedicated mounting kit and a double bubble screen. The lighting system is all LED while the stock suspension setup makes way for adjustable Ohlins Retro43 RWU forks and adjustable Ohlins STX36 rear twin shocks, both modified by Harris Performance.

 

The standard 18-inch rims have been swapped out for Excel rims which come wrapped in 110/80-section tyre up front and a wider 150/65-section tyre at the rear. Extra bite on the brakes comes in the form of a Brembo P4 Axial calliper up front and a Brembo P2 calliper at the rear. You also get HEL Performance custom length braided brake hoses which should offer less brake fade.

Unlike the Nought Tea GT which featured a dual-tone paint scheme, the second iteration goes with a more mature look and solid colours. That’s no to say that the two custom bikes won't get the crowd going at the Cafe Racer Cup. Question is, will such kit be available for Royal Enfield enthusiasts? Only time will tell.

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