Cafe Racers are a rarity in India. With their decreasing numbers, RE is offering 2 of them for the Indian markets. One is the new Royal Enfield Continental GT 650. It gets the old-school cafe racer body with a simplistic yet aggressive design. It is expected to launch in August with an expected price of Rs 3-5 Lakhs.
The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 revives the 1950s memories. Cafe Racers are such bikes which are half cruisers and half sports bike. They get a wheelbase of a cruiser but the sitting position of a sports bike. This one is a successor of the ageing GT 535 and is all set to launch in India by this August. It gets a simplistic design with some added chrome elements and seating arrangement for one person. Other design highlights include a naked street type look, the vintage sort of dual exhaust muffler and its handlebar system. The bike will be powered by a 648cc twin spark engine geared to a slip-assist 6-speed transmission.
In terms of competition, it does not face one. Such bikes are exotic and rare to find in India. Still, its nearest competitor will be the Harley Davidson Street 750, which is pay too much priced than the GT 650. The bike is expected to be priced around Rs 3 Lakhs to Rs 5 Lakhs and will sit above all of the models in RE’s range. Read ahead to know about the price, rumoured launch date, specs and design of the upcoming cafe racer.
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 – Launch Date
|Launch Date||August 2018|
The cafe racer is expected to launch post-August 2018, with its twin Interceptor 650.
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 – Engine
|Fuel Tank Capacity||12.5 litres|
Locally, it is produced at the Chennai Plant of the company. The 648 CC engine will produce 47PS worth power and 52 Nm worth of torque and will be mated to a six-speed gearbox. The estimated mileage is not revealed but fuel capacity of the bike will be around 12.5 Litres. GT 650 gets exciting Dual exhaust mufflers. The gearbox gets slip/assist clutch offering smoother riding.
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 – Brakes And Suspension
Steel Tubular Double Cradle Frame
Front Fork Travel
Twin coil-over shocks
320 mm disc with ABS
240 mm disc with ABS
For better comfort, it will come with gas-charged twin shock absorbers in the rear and Front Fork travel suspensions in the front. For braking, it has front and rear disc brakes, with ABS.
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 – Price
Rs 3 Lakhs to Rs 5 Lakhs
Although the price of the bike is not revealed officially, it is speculated that it will cost between Rs 3 Lakh to Rs 5 Lakh. The pricing is estimated mainly because of the added twin parallel engine and ABS feature. Also, its predecessor, GT 535, is priced starting from Rs 2.05 Lakh.
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 – Design
The design is based on proper old school bikes. Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 defines it muscularity with sporty and macho looks. They will sport the Roadster and Cafe Racer design and styling, which is rarely found in India. Royal Enfield has assured that these bikes will have a top-notch fit and finish and a lot of thought and work has gone into the quality as well. The bikes will be available in four colours – Staunchy Blue, Chrome, Icy White and Black Magic. It weighs around 199 KG.
Also Read: Best Cruiser Bikes In India under INR 2 Lakh
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 – Competition
Given the decent pricing, the bike’s main competitor will be Harley Davidson Street 750. Priced much lower than that, it can take on Street 750 because of similar specs sparing the engine. Being a type of cruiser bike, it falls off against the other bikes in the same price range. Royal Enfield GT 650 has been launched globally and is bound for India this year. According to some reports, the bike will hit the Indian roads anytime after April 2018.
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