The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is the cafe racer variant of the RE 650 Twins. Here’s a look at its pros and cons.
NS Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is a cafe racer-style model of Royal Enfield 650 Twins, which also includes the retro roadster, Royal Enfield Interceptor 650. Powered by a modern, 648 cc, parallel-twin engine that makes 47 bhp at 7,150 rpm and 52 Nm of peak torque at 5,250 rpm. The six-speed gearbox is a sleek-shifting unit, and the parallel-twin engine delivers smooth performance, with a nice burbling exhaust note coming from the twin pipes. Unlike the Interceptor 650, the Continental GT 650 has a more cafe racer-style riding position.
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The slightly sporty seating position is also not committed. You just lean forward enough that the motorcycle gives you a cool look. And if it weren’t for the exhaust, the Continental GT 650 doesn’t shy away from corners either, and offers a great handling machine. Overall, it’s a good, practical and reasonably affordable modern classic cafe racer that’s quite likeable, and offers a perfect bike as a daily commuter and short highway stunts. Here’s a look at its pros and cons.
- Sophisticated engine with highly likeable performance.
- The sleek looks and balanced handling complement its sporty design.
- Affordable performance, affordable price.
- The committed riding position is not suitable for long rides.
- The instrument console could have contained more data and information.
- Lack of tubeless tires on stock wheels.