Royal Enfield showcases custom Continental GT 650
10th Oct 2019 6:00 am
The Nought Tea GT v2.0, created by the bike maker in association with Harris Performance, is significantly lighter and quite a bit more powerful than the v1.0.
Royal Enfield and Harris Performance have revealed their latest creation – the Nought Tea GT v2.0. The project sees Royal Enfield return to the racetrack for the first time in 54 years. Last weekend's racing action at the Cafe Racer Cup – part of the Bike Shed Festival held at the Lydden Hill Race Circuit in Canterbury – saw official factory test rider Paul Young and Curtis Wright, factory custom rider, with the v2.0.
The collaboration has built not one, but two Nought Tea GT v2.0 units for the Bike Shed Festival 2019. The Nought Tea GT v2.0 is the successor to the Nought Tea GT that was displayed at Wheels and Waves 2019, at Biarritz, France. Royal Enfield and Harris Performance have partnered with big names like Brembo and Öhlins for the v2.0. The new version also comes with a claimed 18.5kg reduction in weight and a 26 percent increase in power.
The Nought Tea GT v2.0 looks similar to the original, albeit without the graphics and the two-tone colour scheme. The two v2.0 models the companies have built feature solid colour schemes – red and grey. While the older model featured Royal Enfield badging on the tank, the new one features the Harris branding. Another change is to the exhaust system where the new ones appear to be running mufflers, while the original model is running what appear to be straight pipes. The engine casings on the new bikes are chrome, like the standard bike, and not painted in gloss-black like the older version.
Adrian Sellers, Group Manager Custom Program – Royal Enfield, commented saying, “It’s great to see these two bikes come to fruition. After presenting Nought Tea GT at the Bike Shed event in May, and getting such a positive response, the next logical step was to see how well it could really go on track. As part of our custom initiatives, it’s very important to us that all of our builds work as good as they look – showcasing creativity, not just in aesthetics, but also to demonstrate the capabilities of our new 650cc twin-cylinder engine.”