The Lester Harris racing version of the Royal Enfield Continental 650 is a special motorcycle with the sole purpose of dispatching its opponents on the racing track.
This special Lester Harris edition of the race-spec Royal Enfield Continental 650 has destroyed its opponents on the racing track. Gathering admiration from the bike enthusiasts all around, this YouTuber interviews the Chassis Development Rider, Paul Young and Harris Performance Director, Lester Harris. This unique collaboration has led to the inception of this performance avatar of the RE Continental GT garnering attention from Royal Enfield fans from all across the globe.
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Race-Spec Royal Enfield Continental
Elucidating the modifications made to this bike, Paul mentions that there are not all that many changes made to one particular aspect but rather, a plethora of minute alterations to various components. In terms of engine enhancements, the cam lift and timings have been altered a little but the pistons remain standard, the catalytic converter has been removed allowing the engine to breathe easier, to improve the braking performance, a 4-pot calliper setup replaces the regular 2-pot setup, the tyres are much wider with 150 section and triangle treads for a better grip around the corners, the suspension is much stiffer for enhanced stability. It features the iconic Öhlins suspension from the Swedish company famous for its performance components.
On the design front, the full front fairing in red paint improves the aerodynamics required on a racing circuit. The trademark round headlamps remain identical to the regular version, the Lester Harris moniker is engraved on the fuel tank, the wind protecting glass has been bolted onto the bike to tackle high wind speeds, the rear end has been chopped up to accommodate just the rider giving the tail-end an attractive and sporty appearance. All in all, it could not be argued that this bike belongs to anywhere else but the race track.
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In terms of the engine specifications, the regular Continental 650 has a 648-cc air and oil-cooled parallel-twin motor that outputs 47.45 PS and 52 Nm of peak power and torque respectively. In this special version, however, the power has been bumped up to around 16 PS higher to the high 50s. This, along with the aforementioned changes to the chassis results in significantly better performance on a race track.