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Enfield cafe racer, Continental GT, coming soon

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Royal Enfield is on a roll and how! For fans of the single cylinder thumpers, the good news is that its cafe racer model named Continental GT will go on sale in showrooms later this year.

The bike was first displayed during Auto Expo 2010 and is now ready to hit the market 3 years later and it seems the company has taken its time to get things just right.

The retro design is spot on and features some tasty specs as well. 

Royal Enfield Continental GT Cafe Racer highlights:

  • Fuel Injected 535cc, air-cooled single, Unit Construction Engine. Higher revving due to re-mapped ECU and lighter flywheel
  • The Continental GT will be the fastest and most powerful production Royal Enfield motorcycle
  • 15 Kg lighter than the Thunderbird 500
  • Improved handling as a result of new tubular steel double down-tube and cradle design for the chassis
  • Chunky Paioli developed gas shocks at the rear with Pirelli tyres
  • Serious stopping power with Single full-floating Brembo front disc and ByBre single disc at the rear
 
The Continental GT features styling that is reminiscent of the original 250cc Continental GT launched in 1965! The original bike was described to have "big-bore carb, swept-back exhaust, clip-on bars, humpy racing seat, and a right-red fuel tank in glass-fibre adorned with the "Royal Enfield" name in big white letters."
 
Royal Enfield has stuck to the template and a good thing too. The Continental GT will sit right at the top of Royal Enfield's range and will be expensive as well (The Thunderbird 500 cc already approaches the Rs 2 Lakh mark).While newer and more modern motorcycles can be had at the price, Royal Enfield has marketed its motorcycles brilliantly.
 
The new Unit Construction Engine (UCE) has been well received and senior officials have indicated that there is a lot more than can be done with the engine. Royal Enfield sold 75,000 units in 2011 and is targeting sales of 150,000 units in 2013, with export sales at around 7500 units. A supply bottleneck, quality niggles and long waiting periods for its motorcycles have been a bug bear over the last couple of years. This will be taken care of this year as its second manufacturing unit at Oragadam near Chennai begins production. 
 
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