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The new Continental GT 650 Twin is an evolution of the Continental GT 535, which in turn, was an evolution of the Continental GT 250 – the original Royal Enfield British café racer. Powered by the all-new 650 Twin, it looks every bit like its predecessor and performs even better.
A ton of fun
Retaining the classic horizontal split running right through, the motorcycle's engine is elegantly cut off from the new bodywork with a dual cradle frame. The distinctive sculpted tank, clip-on handlebars and classic-styled instruments give the motorcycle's cockpit an authentic café racer vibe. Rear-set footrests and upswept exhausts allow for better lean angles – a café racer requisite for pulling off ton-ups. Just like in '60s London.
A blast from the past
It takes more than good looks to carve through a corner. The design and development team applied its many years of accumulated know-how while setting key parameters like steering rake, ground clearance, and lean angle, to create the perfect ride for this sports inspired café-racer. The Continental GT is a motorcycle that delights in the way it handles on the road, responding to the rider's desires by feeling focused and integral while offering light and agile handling, allowing anyone to enjoy it.
Twin is in
The 650 Twin is the rebirth of Royal Enfield's legendary parallel twin cylinder engine. And it's driving two Royal Enfield classic motorcycles - the Interceptor and the Continental GT. While classically styled and visually beautiful, the new engine is Royal Enfield's most forward-looking yet, with a cleaner, elegant look, fewer components, less weight and easier maintenance.
A single-piece forged crank with 270 degree firing order was developed for the way the engine 'feels' when making its power. An old school-inspired engine with high character, it delivers power smoothly. The slightly off-beat feel of a 270 degree crank engine makes it feel truly special and keeps a broad spread of torque at your disposal throughout the rev range. The highly precise Bosch fuel injection system ensures smooth, accessible power that is available from the moment the throttle is opened.
The parallel with no parallel
Of course, the 650 Twin is notable not only for its character, but also for its sound. Developing the right tone and burble from its twin silencers was an important goal during the engine's creation. Whether at idle or at full chat, during over-run or while winding on the power, the exhaust note just oozes individuality.
Framed like a picture
Beauty is often overlooked in chassis design. But this new frame blends the authentic form of period classics with the superb handling and ride of modern engineering. The result is a chassis that's nimble and precise, making for a pure and enjoyable ride. Whether on the Interceptor, or the Continental GT.
|Type||4 stroke, single overhead cam, air-oil cooled, 648 cc parallel twin|
|Power||47 bhp @ 7100 rpm|
|Torque||52 Nm @ 4000 rpm|
|Bore x Stroke||78 mm x 67.8 mm|
|Fuel Management||Fuel injection|
|Ignition||Digital spark ignition - TCI|
Chassis & Suspension
|Frame||Steel tubular, double cradle frame|
|Front Suspension||41 mm front fork, 110 mm travel|
|Rear Suspension||Twin coil-over shocks, 88 mm travel|
|Total Length||2122 mm|
|Total Height||1024 mm|
|Total Width||744 mm|
|Ground Clearance||174 mm|
|Seat Height||790 mm (single seat) | 793 mm (dual seat)|
|Tank Capacity||12.5 Litres|
|Kerb Weight (no fuel)||198 kg|
Brakes & Tyres
|Front Brake||320 mm disc, ABS|
|Rear Brake||240 mm disc, ABS|