Royal Enfield launched their 650-cc, twin cylinder motorcycles in the Indian market. Both the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 motorcycles quickly became popular in the market and just like any other Royal Enfield models, they had significant waiting periods too. The Continental GT was a cafe racer inspired version whereas the Interceptor 650 is more of a street bike. It is currently the most affordable twin cylinder motorcycle one can buy in India. Just as they’ve done with most other Royal Enfield motorcycles, motorcyclists have already started modifying 650 twins and we have seen several examples of the same in the past. Here we have a Continental GT 650 that gets a host of modifications.
The video has been uploaded by ASHWIN SINGH TAKIAR on his youtube channel. The video starts by showing what all changes have been made to the bike. This is actually a project bike and the owner wanted to justify the Cafe racer look on this bike. For this he started by removing the stock suspension. He tried a couple of USD forks and most of them were either not able to handle the weight or were simply affecting the handling. Then the vlogger finally settled for a USD forks from KTM RC390 and that gave him a more aggressive seating position as well as improved the handling. Along with the forks, he had also replaced the disc plate and calipers with KTM units as Royal Enfield units had a different mounting point.
Several modifications were made to the wheel hub and to ABS ring to get it working. Moving a bit above, the stock headlamps are replaced with a smaller unit from a Harley Davidson and the brake stock brake lever is also replace for a Brembo unit. The stock odometer is replaced with a simple looking analog cluster.
The fuel tank remains the same but, moving down, the engine has been completely blacked out and that gives it a very sporty look. The ECU has been tuned and the motorcycle now generates 8 Bhp more than regular GT 650. The exhaust mufflers have been chopped off to give it a drag pipe look and it even gets an exhaust wrap on it. The chassis of the motorcycle has been chopped from the rear to justify the cafe racer tag and the rear foot rests along with other guards were also removed.
The bike now uses DNA air filter with stage kit and that has also improved the performance of the bike. Coming more towards the rear, we notice that the spoke wheels now get a different colour theme. The spokes get a golden colour whereas the dish itself is given an all-black treatment. Both the tyres have also been replaced. Rear doesn’t get a mudguard whereas the one in the front is a custom made unit.
Most of the modifications have been done after a huge amount of research and that has definitely costed a large amount of money to the owner. According to the video, he had brought this bike for Rs 3.05 lakh and he had already spent approximately Rs 2.83 lakh on modification which includes labour charges worth Rs 37,000. The project is not complete and the owner mentions on video that he is still planning on making certain modification to the bike in the near future.