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Royal Enfield Continental GT review, test ride

We’ve just stepped off after a fast ride astride Royal Enfield’s much awaited Continental GT.

DETAILS
  • Make  Royal Enfield
  • Model  Continental GT
  • Edition  500 2013
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First shown at the Indian Auto Expo almost two years ago, and having since wowed crowds at prestigious International motor shows including Long Beach, California, Royal Enfield’s eagerly anticipated café racer, the evocative Continental GT has finally broken cover. We’ve just finished an extensive, fast paced test ride in the fitting location of UK, riding this classic looking new Royal Enfield around the London region, where it feels and looks completely at home.

The Continental GT has been painstakingly re-created by Royal Enfield, with such a keen eye for attention-to-detail. Smashing looking, and with standout styling, the GT shows off classic lines from a magical era long since gone. The motorcycles round headlight is surrounded by an alloy steering brace and clip on handlebars that house Royal Enfield typical switchgear and rider controls. Royal Enfield will sell after market bar end mirrors for the GT, and we couldn’t recommend these more, for being so functional and solid, despite their tiny size. The GT comes with an elongated 13.5litre fuel-tank, tastefully adorned with neat logo, and equipped with a beautifully sculpted filler-lid. This leads into its single saddle (dual seat available as an optional) with smart exposed red stitching and a rounded tail surround. True enthusiasts will admire the GT’s exposed frame sections around its flank panels, its dual colour metal mudguards, alloy constructed spoke rims, as well as smartly shaped chrome silencer. Continued..

Fact File

Engine

Type Single cylinder, 4-stroke, air-cooled, 535cc
Bore/stroke 87mm x 90mm
Power 29.1bhp at 5100rpm
Torque 4.48kgm at 4000rpm

Transmission

Gearbox Five-speed

Dimensions

Length 2060mm
Width 760mm (without mirrors)
Height 1070mm (without mirrors)
Wheel base 1360mm

Chassis & Body

Weight 184kg (90 percent fuel+oil)
Tyres 100/90 R 18 56 H Pirelli Sport Demon (f); 130/70 R 18 63 H Pirelli Sport Demon (r)

Suspension

Front Telescopic, 41mm forks, 110mm travel
Rear Paioli, twin gas-charged shock absorbers with adjustable preload, 80mm travel

Brakes

Front Brembo 300mm floating disc, 2-piston floating caliper
Rear 240mm disc, single piston floating caliper

Economy

Tank size 13.5 litres

Royal Enfield Continental GT review, test ride

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