The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is one of its kind bike in the country right now. It is the only cafe racer styled bike on sale right now that will not strip down your clothes to a bare minimum in order to buy it and is fairly powerful too. Along with its twin, the Interceptor 650, the Continental GT 650 has received international praise and has become quite popular in a small span of time.
Now some of you might be thinking that the Continental GT 650 is already a cafe racer and hence why to play with its aesthetics then. To let you know, the design seen here is inspired by the cafe racers of the old, as seen on the Triumph Thruxton R. The guys at Autologue have finalised this design and will be rolling out bolt-on kits soon. The kit will include a semi front fairing along with a custom seat cowl, both of which could be installed fairly easily on the bike. In this new avatar, the Continental GT 650 will look quite hot for sure.
A few changes will be needed in order to get the perfect fit for this kit. Also, the headlight will remain fixed after this kit is installed, which means that it will not move with the handlebars as on regular Enfields. The side panel of the bike has also been tweaked and now features 6 holes drilled in decreasing order of radius which adds further appeal to the bike. Another point to note here is that this custom semi fairing at the front will only serve aesthetic purposes but also will provide a better aerodynamic shade to the bike and protect the rider from wind blasts at high speeds. In past, the folks at Autologue designs have launched custom body kits for various bikes like the Dominar adventure kit and KTM Xplorer kit. Therefore, expect this one to be on the same level and be priced reasonably.
Talking about the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 gets powered by a 647 cc, twin-cylinder, air-oil cooled engine which is a newly developed unit. This engine churns out 47 Bhp of power along with 52 Nm of torque, which makes this the most powerful Royal Enfield engine ever. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox along with a slipper clutch. The double-cradle chassis upon which the bikes are built has been designed with inputs from Harris Performance, UK. Prices for the Continental GT 650 starts at Rs. 2.65 lakh and goes up to Rs. 2.85 lakh (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi). The difference in price is only because of the paint scheme as the bikes are identical mechanically.