The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is currently the most powerful bike by the company currently, along with its other twin. The bike has become quite popular of lately and unlike the Interceptor, it is most sports oriented. Styled as a cafe racer, it is one of the best options under Rs. 3 lakhs price mark if you want a performance oriented bike along world old world charm. Now one of the most important aspect of powerful bikes is their exhaust note and the Conti performs decently on that front. However, how does the stock exhaust of Continental GT fare against a custom unit. The video below by Akash Joshi demonstrates just that.
As seen in the video, both the exhaust have quite different sounds. In the video, the bike on the right is equipped with the factory fitted exhaust while the bike on the left comes fitted with custom exhaust. Talking of the design, the custom exhaust sports a shorter and less bulky look compared to the stock pipes. The custom exhaust are made AEW Performance. Let’s now discuss the difference between the exhaust notes of the two bikes in the video.
When compared to the stock exhaust, The AEW units offers more bass and have a deep burbling sound to them. It also will appeal to those who prefer sporty noise rather than a relaxed tone. The stock units, on the hand, offer longer notes but have a lower sound level. Simply said, the performance exhaust sound just like they are intended to. They will also turn more heads while tearing up the roads on the bike.
The retro-modern motorcycle is built around a double downtube chassis (double cradle). The chassis has been developed in partnership with Harris Performance, UK, which is now a subsidiary of Royal Enfield. It is responsible for the excellent handling of the bike. Corners are never a problem with the Continental GT and it attacks them with ferocity.
The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 gets powered by a newly developed 647 cc SOHC, parallel twin, air-oil cooled four stroke engine which produces 47 Bhp of power along with 52 Nm of torque. It will be mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox equipped with a slipper clutch. Braking duties are done by a 320 mm disc at front while the rear brakes are 240 mm disc units. Dual channel ABS is standard across the range. As for the suspension, the bike will use a 41 mm telescopic suspension with 110 mm travel up front while twin gas charged coil springs with 88 mm travel will take care of the rear suspension.
The Continental GT 650 is priced at Rs. 2.65 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) while the chrome colour options costs Rs. 2.85 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). Currently, it does not have a direct rival in the segment which further strengthens its position. The coming time will see the launch of a few more bikes like the Jawa Perak among others which could prove a worthy rival to the 650 Twins.