Royal Enfield Continental GT is a unique motorcycle in India. It was the first affordable Cafe Racer of the country, and it still is, if we ignore the Hero MotoCorp Splendor PRO Classic Cafe Racer. The Continental GT is also the most powerful and fastest Royal Enfield available in India. Even though many custom motorcycle makers transform regular bikes to Cafe Racers, the Continental GT being a Cafe Racer in itself is a unique canvas for the modders. Here are ten tastefully modified Continental GTs from India and around the world.
Zeus Customs – Zeno Racer
Zeus Customs based out of Bangkok, Thailand has created some stunning model based on the Continental GT. Using the stock frame of the motorcycle, Zeus has built another subframe to hold the newly designed seat of the Cafe Racer. The swingarm has also been newly designed to position the new Ohlins rear shock, and the whole frame gets a trellis frame look. The handlebar has been replaced with clip-on bars.
The custom bike also gets LED headlamp up front. The switch gear has been kept stock except for the adjustable levers. The carburettor now breathes through new pod filters. The exhaust of the motorcycle also gets titanium wrap. To match the overall look, the engine is finished in a very dark polish.
Rajputana Customs – Numero Uno
The India-based Rajputana Customs is known for their brilliant designs. The custom builder has done this motorcycle exceptionally well. The customs house was approached by the jeans brand Numero Uno to make a motorcycle that represents the brand and here is it. The front part has been borrowed by the KTM 390 Duke.
The motorcycle also gets a hand-built custom tank and shorter rear fender that are painted in Numero Uno blue colour. The handles have been upgraded to clip-on bars. The rear also gets upgraded single shock absorber to create a menacing look. The custom built motorcycle also gets Numero Uno jeans moniker on the tank and the console.
J&D Custom Co
The custom house based out of Gujarat is little less known in the circuit of custom motorcycles but this one is something that truly aligns with the taste of the Indians. The motorcycle gets a chrome paint job overall. A new custom fabricated rear cowl has been designed with integrated tail lamp unit. The front suspensions have been shortened by 2-inches to give a low-ride feeling to the motorcycle and add to that Cafe Racer stance. The glass lens on the headlamp has been blacked out to match to the profile.
The 29BHP Cafe Racer does not really qualify for being a race bike. This modder based out of the UK has fabricated a race machine out of the Continental GT that looks elegant and spews out more power too. The Continental GT gets a fairing from Norton Manx, which has been reshaped to fit the motorcycle via custom-made stainless steel bracket. The handlebar has been replaced with a newer one, that sits lower than the stock one. The engine has also received upgraded camshaft and valves with remapped fuel injection. To extract the whole power, a stainless steel exhaust has been added.
Chris Zahner was dumbfounded with the popularity of REs in India during his visit. After returning to the US, he took the delivery of Continental GT and turned it into a beautiful piece of work. The scrambler based on the Continental GT removes all the unneeded bits and peices. The tail lamp unit comes from CBR1000 and is moulded in fibreglass.
The handlebar has been swapped with a single-piece unit and all other electricals have been ditched. There is only engine kill switch now. The headlamp comes from Hella and there are no indicators, horn of other such things on the motorcycle. It is bare minimum and it looks grand in this form.