The new Royal Enfield Continental GT 650cc bike has been crafted for high-speed highway cruising.
Powered by RE's new 648cc parallel-twin engine, the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 will be the most powerful bike from the company.
Aiming to strengthen its market in the middleweight bike segment, Royal Enfield will introduce two new motorcycles – Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and Royal Enfield Interceptor 650. Both the motorcycles had their global debut at the EICMA show in Milan early November, 2017. These bikes will be launched in several countries including India that have more compatible roads for cruising high-speed bikes. Interestingly, design and styling bits of the all-new Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 have been derived from RE’s 50-60s motorcycles.
Royal Enfield unveiled its all-new 650cc parallel-twin engine at the UK Technology Centre near Leicester, followed by two new bikes at the EICMA show in Milan early November, 2017. The RE Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 will be the most powerful bikes from the Chennai-based bikemaker in India. Talking to an online media publication, the company has confirmed that its 650 twin motorcycles will see a release in India during 2018 summer.
– Cafe-racer styling
– Twin-cylinder, 648cc, oil-cooled FI engine
– ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System)
– Slip clutch assist
– 18-inch spoke wheels
– LED headlight
– Chrome twin-exhaust pipe
– Twin-pod analogue instrument cluster
– Dual disc brakes
|Model||Estimated Price (ex-showroom)|
|Royal Enfield Continental GT 650||Rs 3.5 lakh to Rs 4 lakh|
Royal Enfield CEO Siddhartha Lal confirmed that the all-new Continental GT 650 bike would come at an ‘accessible pricing’. That means, it would surely be priced pretty aggressively against its arch rival Harley Davidson Street 750 that comes with a price tag of Rs 5.14 lakh. We believe that the new Royal Enfield 650cc bike might come in the price range of Rs 3.5 lakh – Rs 4 lakh (ex-showroom). Pictures & Details – Modified RE Surf Racer and Gentleman Brat Bikes
In August 2017, Royal Enfield revealed its plan to launch new bikes every six months. As part of this strategy, the bikemaker will introduce the new 650cc middleweight motorcycles in select global markets including India and Brazil. At the 2017 Rider Mania in Goa, Siddhartha Lal confirmed the launch details of the bike. Talking to carandbike he revealed that the RE Continental GT 650 will go on sale in the summer of 2018. However, the exact launch date is yet to be announced. Read More – 2017 Royal Enfield Himalayan Price & Details
RE’s new middleweight bike has been built on all-new twin cradle chassis, and shares a strong resemblance with other bikes from the Continental GT series that carry cafe racer styling. Interestingly, this bike follows design philosophy from 1960s cafe racing culture. Some of the key styling elements include sculpted fuel tank, retro-styled twin-pod instrument console and clip-on handlebars, lending it a cafe-racer style. The bike also gets rear set footrests and upswept exhausts. The Continental GT 650 comes fitted with 18-inch spoke wheels and 100-section front and 130-section rear tyres. The company will also offer a range of modular accessories with the bike including fly-screen, a lower clip-on handlebras, twin-seats, etc. Also Read – Royal Enfield Himalayan 750cc Adventure Tourer Confirmed
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Colours
There will be three colour options on the Continental GT 650 model lineup – Ice Queen, Sea Nymph and Black Magic.
In terms of dimensions, RE’s new middleweight motorcycle measures 2,122mm in length, 744mm in width and 1,024mm in height. The bike has a seat height of 790mm (single seat)/793 ((dual seat), and stands tall on a ground clearance of 174mm. Its tank fuel capacity stands at 12.5-litres. The Continental GT 650 carries a kerb weight of 198kg, and has a payload capacity of 200kg. Read: – Royal Enfield 1000cc Carberry Motorcycle – All You Need To Know
|Specifications||Continental GT 650|
|Engine||648cc, single-cylinder, air-oil cooled|
Power source of the RE’s new middleweight bike is an all-new parallel-twin, 648cc, SOHC 4-valve fuel injected engine. This oil cooled unit has a small radiator positioned at front of the engine on the double cradle chassis. It gets fins for air cooling, and has a 270 degree crank with a balancer shaft to smoothen out vibrations. The new Royal Enfield 650cc motorcycle comes with a compression ratio of 9:5:1. The new 650cc unit produces a maximum power output of 47bhp at 7,100rpm, while churning out a peak torque of 52Nm at 4,000rpm.
Power will be fed to the wheels via an all-new 6-speed gearbox with slip assist clutch. The bike is claimed to have a thrilling exhaust note, but that can only be confirmed after seeing that in the flesh. Royal Enfield confirms that this engine will offer similar power throughout the global market. This engine is A2 license compliant in UK. Picture Gallery – Barood: A Tastefully Modified Royal Enfield 350
The Continental GT 650 will be the most powerful RE motorcycle in the country. With hefty body-build and a powerful engine, this middleweight motorcycle is expected to be slightly less fuel efficient. We expect this cafe racer to return a mileage around 15-20kmpl.
Designed on the tubular steel double cradle frame, the motorcycle uses 41mm telescopic front fork and a pair of twin gas-charged shock absorbers for performing damping duties. The front suspension has 110mm travel, while the rear gets 88mm travel. The braking system of the bike consists of 320mm and 240mm disc brakes at the front and rear axles. The ABS (anti-lock braking system) comes as standard across the model lineup.
In the middleweight segment, the new Continental GT 650 bike will lock horns against the Harley-Davidson Street 750, albeit the former is likely to carry a lucrative price tag.