Royal Enfield Continental GT535 Aka Café Racer is one of the most anticipated bike launches in India this-year. Not only the RE enthusiasts, but every biker is waiting for this machine. The lightest, fastest and certainly the most expensive motorcycle to wear the RE logo has already been launched at Royal Enfield’s spiritual home, the United Kingdom last-month. In India, the Café racer will be launched later today at country’s party capital, Goa.
The upcoming Café racer was first shown at the 2010 Auto Expo in Delhi. A prototype of the motorcycle was then displayed at the 2012 Expo and this time the motorcycle featured all the details to make it look ready for production. Café Racer fans in India have been craving for the motorcycle for almost four years now and finally today, Royal Enfield is set to take the Indian motorcycle sector by storm as it will officially launch the motorcycle for the Indian market.
With the launch of the Continental GT, Royal Enfield brought back the Continental GT moniker after 6 decades. Way back in 1965, Royal Enfield used to sell a 250cc cafe racer called Continental GT250. The new bike uses the typical British cafe Racer styling and with the new 535cc engine, it is also the most powerful Royal Enfield in production. The new 2014 Royal Enfield Continental GT535 aka Royal Enfield Café Racer 535 is hence a logical successor to the GT250.
The Continental GT535 is a Café Racer, and it will come with typical Café Racer styling, which includes round single-unit headlamp, bar-end mounted chrome side view mirrors, minimal body panels, chromed cigar shape exhaust, a single seat, a rectangular tail-light with aluminium mudguards, racing type fuel tank and seat along with the clip-on handle bars, which gives perfect track riding posture. Painted in Rosso Corsa Red adds the classy touch.
The suspension unit uses the conventional telescopic forks at front, but a pair of Paioli gas-charged shock absorbers at the rear. Another big change is that Royal Enfield Continental GT runs on Pirelli Sport Demon tyres (100/90/18 at front and 130/70/18 at rear). While a 300mm floating Brembo front disc brake and a 240mm rear disc brake do the braking duty. Taking the design inspiration from the previous model, this time the bike has been made more advanced.
Apart from its typical Café Racer attire, the biggest highlight of the Royal Enfield Continental GT535 is its 535cc, fuel injected, air-cooled, single cylinder engine. The massive engine builds a maximum power of 29.1bhp at 5100 rpm and a maximum torque of 44Nm at 4000 rpm. This is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Café Racer weighs 184kg (with 90% of fuel) while it has a fuel tank capacity of 13.5 liters. The Continental GT should be good for about 25-30 kmpl.
Keeping the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 pricing in mind, which was the last and latest offering from the manufacturer, we are expecting the Café Racer to boast a price tag of about Rs. 2 lakh. The Continental GT is the first Café Racer motorcycle to be officially rolled out of the manufacturing plant by any Indian manufacturer.
Specifications of Royal Enfield Café Racer 535 –
- Engine : 535cc
- No. of Cylinders : 1
- Maximum Power : 29.1 Bhp @ 5100 rpm
- Maximum Torque : 44 Nm @ 4000 rpm
- Gears : 5-Speed
- Cooling Type : Air Cooling
- Suspension(Front) : Telescopic Hydraulic
- Suspension(Rear) : Twin Shock Absorbers
- Brakes : Disc brake 300 mm front, 240mm rear
- Speedometer : Analogue
- Fuel Gauge : Analogue
- Self Start : Yes
- Tubeless : Yes
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