Royal Enfield is one of the most popular motorcycle companies in the world and it is one among the few companies who are into manufacturing classical motorcycles. The company will be soon coming with its new child, the Royal Enfield Continental GT. The upcoming motorcycle is no secret to us and was also showcased at the 2012 Indian Auto Expo. At the Auto Expo, the bike went a little unnoticed and was perhaps overshadowed by the unveiling of their new Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500. Like all other Royal Enfield bikes, even this has its classic original British DNA that was very popular in Europe during late 60’s.
According to various sources, this 535cc single cylinder bike has been designed in India and has no parts derived from any of the historic English models of past. An Autocar India reader and a Royal Enfield aficionado happened to spot the motorcycle in Bangalore, and luckily he managed to snap few shots. The pictures shows a cropped front mudguard, elongated fuel-tank, sporty clip-on handlebars and spoke rims, apart from a flat, comfortable riding saddle with ample room for two.
As of now, there is no information about the production, performance and technical specs of the new continental GT, but reports suggests that Indian engineers have done a marvelous job and will surely succeed in grabbing the much needed attention of the bike lovers.
According to grapevine, Royal Enfield Café racer will have a 535 cc, four stroke, single cylinder, fuel injected engine and will manage to deliver 36 bhp of power. The stylish bike will be flaunting a twin spar tubular frame designed by Harris Engineering. The elliptical tube swingarm is fitted with a pair of gas-charged shock absorbers. Telescopic forks will do the duty on the front. Due to the stripped nature of Café Racer design, designers have apparently managed to make the bike 21 kg lighter than the existing Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500. The weight loss will of course translate into better performance. We still don’t know what kind of performance upgrades the engine will receive, but the bike will be performing a lot better than any of the existing ‘in production’ RE bikes. The bike will also equip a single disc brake on front and back.
Talking of history, Royal Enfield was chosen as the official army and police bike during 1955 which brought huge sales to their 350 cc bikes. The Indian plant of the British bike manufacturer became independent after the English manufacturer decided to stop its home operations in 1967. Now the Indian brand successfully operates around 20 countries worldwide and is successful at selling 350 and 500 cc bikes with classical looks.