Royal Enfield Continental GT Cafe Racer Launched In UK

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Royal Enfield has launched the India built Continental GT cafe racer in UK. The Continental GT is the company's first cafe racer in 60 years. Inspired by the cafe racer style bikes of the 50's and 60's, the launch of the bike in UK, at Ace Cafe London is seen as a return to its roots.

The Continental GT is the most powerful bike coming from Royal Enfield. The bike has been priced at £ 5,200 (~ INR 5.2 lakhs). The new bike is most likely to make its India debut in October. All Continental GT bikes are manufactured in the company's Oragadam plant, near Chennai.

Powering the Continental GT is a thumping 535cc air cooled single cylinder Unit Construction Engine, which is the same unit that powers other 500cc RE bikes. However, bore size has been increased to increase its capacity. It also comes with a new ECU fuel mapping.

The engine has a claimed power output of 28.7 HP at 5100 rpm and a torque of 44 Nm at 4000 rpm. The transmission is a five speed unit.

Continental GT is the only Royal Enfield at present that uses the new twin downtube frame that holds the engine. The frame was specifically developed for the Continental GT and was designed in association with Harris Performance.

In typical cafe racer style, the bike features low slung clip-on handlebars and a straight seat. The 13.5 liter petrol tank has knee recesses that allows you to sit in a compact riding position.

The 41mm front forks have 110mm of travel. At the rear are twin gas charged shocks with 80mm travel, from Paioli that offer preload adjust.

The brakes are from Brembo. The front features a two piston floating caliper, while the rear has single piston caliper.

The tyres on the Continental GT come from Pirelli Sport Demon. Overall, with the tank filled, the bike weights 184 kg. It is the lightest 500cc class bike offered by Royal Enfield.

Video decsription by Royal Enfield

"A band of rockers embark on an epic 11,000 kilometre burn-up. They set out from the birthplace of café racer culture - the Ace Cafe, London and finish at Madras Café, India, close by the Royal Enfield plant in Tamil Nadu where the Continental GT is built. Spanning continents and cultures, this café-to-café ride captures the spirit of pure motorcycling and the exhilaration of getting astride the lightest, fastest, most powerful Royal Enfield motorcycle in production."

Story first published: Thursday, September 12, 2013, 11:53 [IST]
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