Subtle modifications are the classiest and this Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 owner seems to know this. Here is a brand new Continental GT 650 put on a diet of subtle and tasteful modifications. The video below shows what this motorcycle is all about.
As the video indicates, the modified Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 gets a headlamp grille, adjustable levers on the clip-on handlebars, which are set much lower than stock. The low-set handlebars make for a much more aggressive riding position. The front mudguard has been chopped, and this not only reduces weight but improves the look of the front end, making the front tyre look fatter.
The handlebars also get bar-end mirrors. The weight saving changes extend to the rear bumper, turn indicators and a smaller tail lamp. The motorcycle also gets a tail-tidy kit. There are after market exhausts that make the engine sound more fruitier and the seat has been shortened to fit one passenger instead of two.
The motorcycle’s engine remains unchanged. It features a 650cc, twin cylinder motor with 47 Bhp of peak power and 52 Nm of peak torque. The engine revs to over 7,200 rpm, and is paired to a 6 speed manual gearbox that gets a slipper clutch as standard. The Continental GT 650 is the fastest motorcycle in Royal Enfield’s current line-up.
The motorcycle hits a top speed in excess of 160 Kmph with the 0-100 Kmph run coming up in under 6 seconds. These numbers make the Continental GT 650 a very quick motorcycle despite its weight of over 200 kilograms. So, anyone wanting a fast, affordable retro motorcycle: This is it. It gets disc brakes on both wheel with dual channel ABS as standard.
Notably, the Continental GT 650 is the least priced cafe racer that money can buy in India now that the Hero Splendor Classic is no longer built. The motorcycle’s prices start from Rs. 2.49 lakhs, ex-showroom India. Waiting times for the Continental GT 650 currently stand at 4-6 months depending on the colour chosen. Royal Enfield has just doubled production of the twins, and soon waiting times for both the Interceptor and Continental GT 650 should come down to a just a few weeks.
Talking of the Interceptor 650, it’s a motorcycle that shares its engine, chassis and other cycle parts with the GT 650 but that gets different styling and ergonomics. The Interceptor 650 has a more relaxed riding position, and this is the sole reason why more Indian buyers are opting for it over the GT 650. The Interceptor 650 is priced slightly lower, with prices starting from Rs 2.37 lakhs.