Royal Enfield continental 650 GT – Overview, Price, Specifications, Styling & Design and Review
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650- Overview
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The flagship of Royal Enfield which is cafe racer has opened the bookings for the bike unofficially. Several dealerships all over the country are accepting to get Rs 5000 as a token amount and have guaranteed deliveries by the end of November. We are expecting Royal Enfield to cost this motorcycle competitively, probably to amount under Rs 3 lakh on-road. This would make the Continental GT 650 the highly affordable cafe racer in its segment. The motorcycle opponents include the Harley-Davidson Street 750 and the Kawasaki Vulcan S. This cafe racer have the same share of powertrain and underpinnings along with the Interceptor 650 but offers a slightly smaller fuel tank, clip-on handlebars and slightly rear-seat footpegs for a position of sporty riding.
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650- Price
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is about to release in India in the first half of the month November with a determined price of Rs. 3.00 lakh.
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Royal Enfield Continental GT 650- Specifications
The Continental GT 650 takes power from a 648cc, air and oil-cooled, parallel-twin motor that generates high power of 47.6 PS at 7100 rpm and 52 Nm of torque at 5200 rpm. A 6-speed transmission supported by a slip-and-assist clutch shifts power to the rear wheel through the chain drive. The chassis is a new dual cradle fame that has been made by Harris Performance. Suspension duties are managed by 41 mm telescopic forks present at the front and twin gas charged shock absorbers at the rear with already loaded adjustability. A single 320mm disc is anchoring the bike, which is paired with a ByBre four-piston caliper up front and an individual 240mm disc brake at the rear. Dual-channel ABS is provided on the right off the shelf.
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650- Styling and Design
The much-expected Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 has been released in the USA with a price tag of USD 5,999, which interprets to around Rs 4.45 lakh in India. Though the bike is a few weeks away from its India release, we presume the bike to have a price that’s just below the Rs. 3 lakh mark on the road. If we talk about the design of the Continental GT, it comes in proper Cafe Racer fashion, gets clip-on handlebars that are slightly taller than the previous one, blacked-out spoke wheels and single seat with a race cowl. The Continental GT 650 has the fuel tank which is smaller (12.5litre) than its predecessor i.e. the Continental GT 535 which had a 13.7-litre fuel tank. The theme of the bike is retro and it comes with a twin-pod analog speedometer which has a small digital display with readouts such as two trip meters and the odometer. Clarity carries over to the headlight, turn indicators and taillight too where it utilizes conventional bulbs in spite of LEDs. The bike will be provided in a variety of five colors – metallic blue, metallic black, black & grey, chrome, and metallic white.
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650- Review
In terms of mechanicals, the all-new Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 shares everything with the Interceptor 650 which is similar to the engine in the exact same tune state, same suspension setup and even the same frame. So if you are willing to know about the same underpinnings of these motorcycles, do look out the first ride review of the bike here.
It is crystal clear that the design of Continental GT 650 shares a lot from that of the previous Continental GT 535. And also, at a quick view, you might also find it difficult to recognize the two individually. But the change in engine aside, the 650’s tank, even though it has the same shape, now comes in a smaller size of length compared to the 535’s. The motorcycle is also bigger now, which provides the GT 650 a slightly more vigorous look. And at 12.5 litres, it can take 1.2 litres less than the Interceptor’s more spacious tank.
Apart from the handlebars and tank though, the Continental GT bears over quiet much all the components of design from the Interceptor. The headlight is the exact halogen unit, it gets the similar rectangular indicators, the twin-pod instrument cluster is not changed and the switchgear also remains unchanged. The spoke wheels of 18-inch wire are also the same. It is obvious that both bikes consist differently shaped seats. One small change to note between the Interceptor and GT is the small heel plate that’s arranged behind the GT’s rear-set footpegs, which is not there on its sibling.
The difference instance
After the shortening of GT 650’s tank as compared to the GT 535, the seat has now been built closer towards the handlebar of the bike. And also the clip-ons are raised in real, so the whole position of handlebar is bigger than that of the 535. In the Continental GT 650, the cafe racer is enjoyed much more than the Interceptor 650. The GT’s sporty riding position makes it much more convenient for high-speed straight line and even blasts twisty mountain roads. Finally, to top things off, the all-new twin-cylinder motor offers the refinement and performance that the 535, in general, couldn’t.