Royal Enfield Continental GT – A Royal Ride for Bikers
- May 22, 2015
Only very few brands have the ability to drive straight into the hearts of the bike lovers. If a survey is conducted to find such brands, then, one is sure to find the name Royal Enfield etched there. Backed by a long and distinguished history, the Royal Enfield has produced one iconic model after another. Even though the original factory was shut down more four decades ago, the brand never died. It found a new life in India, which made the brand as Indian as it could be. One of the most loved bike brands in the world, the Royal Enfield deserves all the adulation that it receives from the nook and corner of the globe.
One of the most powerful bikes by the maker, the Royal Enfield Continental GT comes with the typical café racer styling and design language. Fitted with numerous attractive features, this bike is the bearer of a rich inheritance as well. Originally introduced in 1965, this bike became an iconic ride. A café style bike, the Continental GT was a popular choice when café racing was a rage among the bike lovers. It attracted instant notice of the bikers, more so of the café biking enthusiasts, resulting in huge demand for it. Soon the bike attained a cult status and people started looking at it with reverence. These bikes, adorned in bright red hues, became a rage among them and soon, it became an icon. The popularity of this bike is so huge that even after a half century of existence, the bike still enjoys a cult status.
The bike was re-introduced recently, with suitable changes to meet the current trends and preferences, which added to its desirability.
The Continental GT comes at price of INR 164518/- and above. A 535 cc air-cooled engine capable of producing a peak power of 29.1 bhp powers the bike, which is considered one of the most powerful beasts around at present. The bike is equipped with Keihin electronic fuel injection. One of the most potent bikes in India, the Continental GT is fitted with a five-speed gearbox and the Unit Construction Engine (UCE) technology of Enfield. Although the makers claim that the bike offers an ARAI certified fuel economy of 41.9 kmpl, in reality it returns a lesser mileage of 35 kmpl only.
Some of the highly desirable features offered in the bike include twin down-tube cradle frame chassis, telescopic front forks, Paioli gas charged twin shock absorbers at the rear, Brembo floating disc brakes, Pirelli Sport Demon tyres, alloy wheels and much more. It comes with electric start option, in addition to the traditional kick-start option.
The Continental GT is one of the fastest and most powerful bikes from Enfield.
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