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2014 - 2018 Royal Enfield Continental GT

2014 - 2018 Royal Enfield Continental GT
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Styling Straight Out Of The Sixties

India-based Royal Enfield has been busy expanding its footprint as of late. The newly-minted U.S. dealerships will be scampering for a piece of the action with a bike that is sure to appeal to the increasingly-important Millennial buyers— the cafe’-tastic Continental GT. Built with an unmistakeable retro flavor and powered by a 535 cc, 29.1-horsepower engine, the GT brings a relatively authentic cafe’ experience to the table. Maybe even a little too authentic in some ways, perhaps? We’ll find out. The factory established a foothold on U.S. soil just a few years ago and it has introduced its very first engine to be designed in-house, but the GT is more of a reflection of the company’s deep roots than a product of its more progressive agenda.

Continue reading for my review of the Royal Enfield Continental GT.

 

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This NOS-Equipped Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Wouldn't Look Out Of Place In Fast & Furious

This NOS-Equipped Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Wouldn’t Look Out Of Place In Fast & Furious

‘Pegasus l’Étalon Noir’ by Parisian custom shop, Bad Winners hammers your opinion about RE’s being "Slow"

The adjectives associated with Royal Enfields usually comprise classic, handsome, affordable, and simple but almost never “fast”. And this is exactly what Parisian custom shop Bad Winners wanted to change by building a stupid-fast drag racer based on the Royal Enfield’s flagship product, the Continental GT 650.

The result? Well, a manic non-road-legal Conti GT 650 racer, with loads of performance mods including NOS!

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Meet Dunaali - A Carbon Fiber-laden Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Made For The Drag Strip

Meet Dunaali - A Carbon Fiber-laden Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Made For The Drag Strip

Designed for speed, the bike weighs a lot less than the stock bike and makes 50% more power too!

In a sea of custom Royal Enfields, we rarely come across some truly exceptional projects. This, however, is exactly that.

Dubbed ‘Dunaali’ (meaning a double-barrel shotgun), this custom Continental GT 650 has been created by India-based Greasehouse Customs who wanted to build something that looks fast and goes even faster.

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Made Like A Gun, Sharp As A Knife: This Corner-Carving Sportbike Is Actually A Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Underneath

Made Like A Gun, Sharp As A Knife: This Corner-Carving Sportbike Is Actually A Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Underneath

Made by NZ-based Royale Motorcycles, a work of art would be an understatement for this beast

Since its inception, Royal Enfield’s 650 twins have been established as great bikes for custom builds. We’ve already seen hundreds of scramblers, flat-trackers, cafe-racers, and whatnot, so when RE’s Australia-NZ division announced a custom build competition, Royale Motorcycles wanted to do something different.

So different, in fact, that the custom bike shop ended up creating a full-blown track weapon, based on the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 that WILL blow your mind.

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This Bodykit Converts Your Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Into A Full-faired Sportbike

This Bodykit Converts Your Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Into A Full-faired Sportbike

Not only does this body kit completely transform your sporty cafe racer, but it’s also super easy on your pocket

The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 has been a go-to motorcycle for custom bikemakers looking to create easy-on-the-pocket builds. But MK Designs, based out of India, has something for existing customers, can up the sport quotient on your GT 650 by a sizeable chunk.

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A Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 With More Power Than A Ninja 650? Nope, We Ain't Kidding

A Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 With More Power Than A Ninja 650? Nope, We Ain’t Kidding

Built by Baak Motorcycles, this is one of the finest custom Royal Enfield Continental GT 650s you’ll ever come across

When looking for a value-for-money multi-cylinder bike, it doesn’t really get any better than the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650. Hailing from India, the bike offers a fantastic blend of classic styling and a thumping engine.

The only gripe with it though can be its power output, which is closer to 400cc bikes rather than its 650cc rivals.

To counter this, French bikemaker Baak Motorcycles has taken matters into its own hands and has created a one-of-a-kind custom Continental GT 650, putting out more power than the Kawasaki Ninja 650!

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Top 10 Cafe-Racers of 2018

Top 10 Cafe-Racers of 2018

Lightweight, lightly powered motorcycle optimized for speed and handling. And all about the ’70s

Racing on bikes from café to café before a song could finish was the most therapeutic thing to have happened for motorcyclists in the ‘70s. Inspired by this culture, people and manufacturers started building motorcycles with minimal components to take them the distance in the shortest time. It embodied the classic café-racer cues taking us back in time with modern design bits and sophisticated packaging.

Here is our list of the best ten motorcycles of 2018 that remind us of that ‘70s. Round headlights, debonair half-shell fairing, humped seat, rear seat cowl, extended wheelbase, and the low-slung handlebar, it’s all in each one of these machines:

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Royal Enfield shattered a land speed record on the Continental GT 650

Royal Enfield shattered a land speed record on the Continental GT 650

Ridden by an 18-year-old, backed by Harris Performance and S&S

Entering the 650cc twins into the market, Royal Enfield has fulfilled a long-standing purpose of enchanting world customers with its cafe-racer Continental GT 650 and the classic-retro Interceptor which were launched at the 2017 EICMA.

Although late to the party, the bikes are yet to reach showroom floors and will be happening after the EICMA show of Milan in November. After having gathered many eye-balls, Royal Enfield has given us yet another convincing with its stunt of registering a land speed record with the Continental GT ridden by an 18-year-old pretty face during the Bonneville Speed Week.

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The Royal Enfield 650 gets a Street Tracker rendering

The Royal Enfield 650 gets a Street Tracker rendering

Classic, yet find their home in the dirt

Entering the 650cc twins into the market, Royal Enfield has fulfilled a long-standing purpose of enchanting world customers with its cafe-racer Continental GT 650 and the classic-retro Interceptor which were launched at the 2017 EICMA.

The bikes are yet to reach showroom floors and people have already started imagining them in a different genre. An Italian artist who goes by the name Oberdan Bezzi, also famously called as OBIBOI, has sketched an impressive looking concept which might be expected from the Royal Enfield stable in the future. And it’s got a fancy name to it - Royal Enfield Fury 650.

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Royal Enfield pulls the plug for the Continental GT 535

Royal Enfield pulls the plug for the Continental GT 535

Is going to be soon replaced with the Continental GT 650

Royal Enfield has become one of the world’s fastest growing motorcycle brand coming from the subcontinent India. Famously called the “Bullet Maker”, it has made great strides ever since Eicher took over the self-attested “oldest motorcycle company in continuous production in the world” has been making bold moves to be heard the world over.

The most recent one of those is to shelve its first ever Café-Racer model, the Continental GT 535. It was their current flagship model that gave the post-British brand the needed visibility in the markets other than its home, and is soon going to be replaced with the Continental GT 650 twin-cylinder brother.

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2018 Royal Enfield Continental GT 650

2018 Royal Enfield Continental GT 650

The post-British brand is entering uncharted territories with this classic cafe-racer parallel twin

The self-attested “oldest motorcycle company in continuous production in the world” has been making the right moves to be heard the world over. And their recent project seems to have gained a lot of traction ever since the last EICMA show where they showcased the 650cc retro twins running on brand new twin-cylinder engines.

In a bid to create a niche market for themselves, the Bullet maker decided to step up their game both in the number of cylinders and capacity. Christened as the Continental GT 650, it heralds a new chapter for Royal Enfield, a company that until now made only 350cc-535cc single barrel machines.

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A cheaper Royal Enfield Continental GT from Thailand

A cheaper Royal Enfield Continental GT from Thailand

Looks and feels retro. But drives a 10 hp motor under the hood

The Continental GT 650 is Royal Enfield‘s way of making the most powerful and the lightest modern day cafe racer which blends retro style with modern appeal perfectly. Powered by a 650cc, parallel-twin, air-oil-cooled engine which generates more power than any other Royal Enfield motorcycle till date. Since its launch in 2010, the Continental looks and feel very much in the 60s’ and 70’s and is unique. Not anymore though.

A Thailand based motorcycle manufacturer called Centaur recently launched a Continental GT lookalike and named it as the Stallion Centaur Siam 150cc. When I say lookalike, I mean a carbon copy. They have basically taken all the retro elements including the body panels off the GT and fixed on a smaller chassis and a smaller 150cc engine.

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2014 - 2018 Royal Enfield Continental GT

2014 - 2018 Royal Enfield Continental GT

Styling Straight Out Of The Sixties

India-based Royal Enfield has been busy expanding its footprint as of late. The newly-minted U.S. dealerships will be scampering for a piece of the action with a bike that is sure to appeal to the increasingly-important Millennial buyers— the cafe’-tastic Continental GT. Built with an unmistakeable retro flavor and powered by a 535 cc, 29.1-horsepower engine, the GT brings a relatively authentic cafe’ experience to the table. Maybe even a little too authentic in some ways, perhaps? We’ll find out. The factory established a foothold on U.S. soil just a few years ago and it has introduced its very first engine to be designed in-house, but the GT is more of a reflection of the company’s deep roots than a product of its more progressive agenda.

Continue reading for my review of the Royal Enfield Continental GT.

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