Royal Enfield Continental GT is the fastest stock motorcycle from the manufacturer’s line-up. At an event in Australia, the Continental GT has set the land speed record, making it the fastest Royal Enfield by a mile. Here is everything that you should know!
Fastest Royal Enfield but how?
The Royal Enfield Continental GT is a cafe racer motorcycle that is powered by largest Royal Enfield engine. The 535cc engine is a modified version of the 499cc engine of Classic 500. The electronically fuel injected, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine with new throttle body produces a maximum of 29 BHP, making it most powerful Royal Enfield in the market. The sleek design and the redesigned chassis of the Continental GT make it well-balanced and fun to ride motorcycle.
The land speed record
Australian dealership Motorcycle Revolution teamed up with Prancing Pony Brewery participated in the ‘Dry Lake Racer Austrailia Speed Week’. It is an event held at the enormous dried salt lake, sees participants from around the country and other countries like New Zealand, UK and the America. It is similar to the Bonneville Salt Flat speed record held in the USA.
The speed record won the Continental GT was in the ‘650 MPS-PG’ category, which is open for motorcycles with up to 650cc pushrod engines using fuel pump system. The Continental GT achieved a maximum speed of 166.311 km/h, winning in the category.The temperature reached more than 40-degree celsius creating a very harsh environment, but the Continental GT performed without any hiccups.
The motorcycle consistently hit the rev-limiter during the speed run and bounced off it in every gear, but achieved the record without breaking down even once. The temperature reached more than 40-degree celsius creating a very harsh environment, but the Continental GT performed without any hiccups.
Yes, the Continental GT received some mild modifications like new cams, new pushrods, valves and valve springs. The power was boosted further with the help of Dynojet Power Commander V. Engineers also tuned the motorcycle on the dyno. The additional modification job increased about 40% of the power, which translates roughly into 40 BHP of maximum power.
What does this mean?
Even though Royal Enfield motorcycles come with the tag of being unreliable, recent events like these tell us how better they have become. The Continental GT performed flawlessly in such harsh conditions and also won the record. This tells us about the progress modern Royal Enfield motorcycles have made. Royal Enfield motorcycles have a cult following in India because of their unique styling and long history.