Royal Enfield is readying its 750cc
When Eicher took over affairs of Royal Enfield into their strides, they basically revived the dying fire of the cult motorcycle manufacturer. Since then RE has been at the top of the game releasing products that got every motorcycle aphrodisiac’s blood racing. Right from the Classic 500 till the very recent Himalayan. These motorbikes spoke for themselves and the sales figures are the proof of this.
Now, the company is stepping into unknown territories. Both in number of cylinders and capacity. With Harris Performance backing their engineering team and with the newly launched Royal Enfield Technology Center in UK, RE has committed to foraying into higher capacity and better engineered bikes. Spied last year, we saw Royal Enfield testing a 750cc parallel twin motor under the belly of its Café-Racer designed motorcycle, the Continental GT. A modern retro rival for the Triumph Bonneville class.
Confirmed by a few sources (MCN and Economic Times), RE are going to invest a tune of 600 crores in their development for 2017 and will soon be launching a ‘significant’ bike accompanied by other variants. And we have enough proof to say that this ‘significant’ bike might be the 750cc spied last year. Features may include a carburettor rather than a fuel injection tech and oil cooling. Power output, although cannot be accurately said, is touted be in the range of 50 bhp and 60 Nm of peak torque. Although not official, it is touted to be called as the Royal Enfield Interceptor. Many people may not be aware of this but this name has already put on few Royal Enfields in the past, during its British period. 700 Interceptor, 692 Interceptor, and 759 Interceptor were the models, a sign of legacy and pride in the whole society.
Speaking to MCN, Siddhartha Lal, CEO Royal Enfield, stated, "Royal Enfield is the most profitable motorcycle company in the world in terms of percentages and we are thinking broader and thinking globally as we want to be the world leader in the middleweight sector." Lal also wants Enfield to stand for, “beautiful, stylish but affordable motorcycles” that have usable torque and keep true to the long history of the brand.
Royal Enfield Continental GT VS Bajaj Pulsar RS 200: Video
A Drag race between two completely different genres of bikes is always interesting and whe n it comes to Bajaj and Royal Enfield things get even more interesting. In this video you can actually watch a Royal Enfield Continental GT takes on a Bajaj Pulsar RS200.
In the beginning of the video you can watch a Royal Enfiel;d Continental GT takes on a Pulsar RS200. Now e all k now while the RE is a complete café racer its opponent the Pulsar is a hardcore sportsbike. The Contiental GT although is powered by a more powerful single cylinder, air cooled, 4 stroke 535 cc engine which produces about 29 Bhp of peak power and an impressive 44 Nm of torque and is paired to a 5 speed gearbox. The Pulsar RS200 on the other hand is powered by a much smaller 199.5 cc sin gle cylinder liquid cooled unit which is capable of producing about 24 Bhp of peak power and 19 Nm of torque. But what makes the Pulsar Faster than the Continental GT is also the fact that it is comparatively heavier than the RS200 as well.
You can also watch a KTM Duke 390 too is also constantly racing with both these motorcycles as well which is also interesting.
Mahindra Mojo VS Royal Enfield Continental GT
The Mahindra Mojo was one of the most anticipated motorcycle of the Indian market because it took really long time for Mahindra who is actually popular in the Indian market for their Sports utility vehicles. While the Royal Enfield Continental GT on the other hand was actually a surprise move from the manufacturer because they have an image of making Cruisers so a Café Racer body type motorcycle from them that too in the Indian market was a bold move.
Now both the Continental GT and the Mahindra Mojo are too very different motorcycles. While the RE Continental GT is a pure café racer the Mahindra Mojo actually comes with a duel character or that is how it is actually pitched in the Indian market. Compared to the Mahindra Mojo The RE flagship offering inh the Indian market gets a bigger engine but if we talk about powers disappointingly the Mojo gives tough competition to the RE café racer although it gets a smaller displacement engine.
The Continental GT definitely will attract to some purist motorcycle riders only because of its styling as well as the riding position which we can assure is not at all comfortable for long ride but the Mojo on the other hand definitely will attract almost everyone’s attention because it promises to provide a plush ride.
So if you are planning to buy an out of the box motorcycle then you should definitely read this article before actually taking any drastic decision.
Café racers – until 2013, this concept of motorcycles was almost unheard in the Indian context of motorcycling. The segment of café racers, which has been very popular in the European bike markets since a long time, was totally absent in the Indian bike market. The complete scenario changed when Triumph made a grand debut in the Indian biking scenario in the early 2013, the motorcycle portfolio of which also included the 865cc Thruxton. The Thruxton not only was the first ever café racer of India, but also was one of the motorcycles which found the laying stone of the middle weight motorcycle category – a segment which is the hottest and most popular one right now.
Seeing the success and response which the Thruxton got from the motorcycling aficionados, other manufacturers too got prompted to come up with their own café racers. But unlike other segments, the café racers don’t contribute much in the overall sales volumes, as they aren’t too practical on the daily usage basis. Which is why, not every other manufacturer is jumping into the bandwagon of producing café racers. The philosophy of café racers of being motorcycles with a single seat do causes a big dent in its practicality, but this very essence makes it the most distinguished and unique category of motorcycles.
Being the most niche segment, only a handful of café racers are available in the Indian bike market, which though range all the way from a puny 100cc commuter to all the way up to 1170cc superbike. Here’s a comprehensive list of all the five different café racers which have managed to redefine the motorcycling scenario of India, and gave their respective manufacturers credits for taking the bold step of producing such kind of niche motorcycles:-
Royal Enfield has added a new color in the lineup of its flagship motorcycle - Continental GT. Apart from the previously available GT Red and GT Yellow, the cafe racer can now be fetched in the signature GT Black as well. With this new addition, the Continental GT is now available with three paint schemes.
The new black color doesn’t carry any premium with it, and is available at a price of Rs. 2,13,142 (on-road, Delhi), which is equivalent to the prices of Continental GT in the other two color options. The new GT Black paint scheme will particularly be available with a special brown colored seat with contrast stitching on it, which is currently unavailable in both GT Red as well as GT Yellow.
Apart from the addition of this new color in its lineup, the Continental GT remains unchanged with its retro cafe racer silhouette. The single cylinder 535cc engine too has been retained, which produces 29.5 bhp of power and 44 Nm of torque.
Other mechanicals such as tubular double cradle frame, front 41mm telescopic forks, rear gas-charged Paioli shocks, Pirelli Sport demon tyres and Brembo disc brakes too have been retained from other color options.
There was much speculation about the Continental GT motorcycle from Royal Enfield which was showcased almost 2 years back at the Indian Auto expo. Royal Enfield launched the much awaited Continental GT in United kingdom first and now it has arrived finally in our Indian market. Many of you might ask what is so special about this motorcycle and how does it differ from any other Royal Enfield products out there? so the answer to your question is that the Continental GT is the most powerful and the lightest modern day cafe racer which blends retro style with modern appeal perfectly.
The modern continental GT is powered by a 535cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine which generates more power than any other Royal Enfield motorcycle till date. It has both electric and a kick starter as an option. The new Continental GT only weighs 184 Kgs(with 90% fuel), and has a 13.5 liter fuel tank capacity. The motorcycle has been sculptured to retain its old school looks and the elongated fuel tank leaves little space only for the rider to fit in their soft cushioned saddle.
Let’s find out all the details of the cafe racing culture its history and also everything about this modern era cafe racer from Royal Enfield which we must admit is the most stylish looking motorcycle from Royal Enfield.
UPDATE 26/11/13 Royal Enfield launched the Continental GT today priced at Rs.2.05 lakhs (Ex showroom Delhi). Read our exclusive review of the Royal Enfield continental GT here.
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