Royal Enfield Continental GT 650: All You Need To Know

We had spotted it, contemplated about it, waited for it, and finally, it is here. We decode continental GT 650.


Royal Enfield Continental GT 650



The Royal Enfield Interceptor and Continental GT 650 Twin were two of the most anticipated reveals of the 2017 EICMA. Bearing an all-new 650cc parallel-twin heart, both bikes carry a simple design, in sync with RE’s heritage. Although we were expecting the all-new engine to be a 750cc, Royal Enfield opted for a 650 configuration as it will be an easier upgrade for a lot of existing RE riders here in the country. So, if you were eagerly awaiting the higher capacity Royal Enfields, here is all you need to know.


Royal Enfield Continental GT 650



If you think that the bigger Continental GT looks awfully familiar to the current one, that is because it is! Both the bikes are based on the same tubular double cradle frame and feature the same front suspension, wheels and rear disc brake configuration. But if you look closely, you will notice that the 650’s fuel tank is shorter than the Continental GT 535, the swingarm is a bit longer and the rear suspension is a new one. This has been done in order to improve the riding position and dynamics. Here's a quick look at the specs of both the Continental GT's.

Continental GT 650 Continental GT 535
Engine Parallel Twin, Air-Oil Cooled, Fuel Injection Single-Cylinder, Aircooled, Fuel Injection
Displacement 648cc 535cc
Power 47.6PS @ 7100 rpm 29.5PS @ 5100 rpm
Torque 52Nm @ 4000 rpm 44Nm @ 4000 rpm
Bore x Stroke 78 mm x 67.8 mm 87 mm X 90 mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1 8.5 : 1
Gearbox 6 speed 5 Speed
Fuel Management Fuel injection Fuel injection
Suspension, Wheels And Brakes
Front suspension Telescopic 41 mm front fork, 110 mm travel Telescopic 41mm forks, 110mm travel
Rear suspension Twin coil-over shocks, 88 mm travel Twin gas charged with adjustable preload, 80mm travel
Tyres Front 100/90-18 100/90-18, 56 H Pirelli Sport Demon
Tyres Rear 130/70-18 130/70-18, 63 H Pirelli Sport Demon
Brakes Front 320 mm disc, ABS Brembo 300mm Floating disc
Brakes Rear 240 mm disc, ABS 240mm disc
Wheelbase 1400 mm 1360 mm
Ground Clearance 174 mm 140 mm
Length 2122 mm 2060 mm
Width 744 mm 760 mm (Without Mirrors)
Height 1024 mm 1070 mm (Without Mirrors)
Seat Height 790 mm -
Kerb Weight 198 kg (No Fuel) 192 kg (with 90% Fuel & Oil)
Fuel Capacity 12.5-Litres 13.5-Litres

Enough of comparison, now to the bike. It all began with the Continental GT 250 made in the 60's as a result of the growing cafe racer culture in the UK. This bike was revived as the Continental GT 535 in 2013 and now, we have the biggest of them all - the Continental GT 650.


Royal Enfield Continental GT 650



It carries the same stance with the low seat, clip-on handlebars and the slightly rear-set footpegs. The twin-megaphone exhaust on the GT 650 is also upswept in order to give riders more ability to lean the bikes into corners. Being powered by a 648cc parallel-twin motor, RE has taken extra care so that the riders can comfortably pull a ton-up, which means that it should have a higher top speed than 160kmph. The headlamps and the instrument cluster too look the same as the one on the GT 535.


Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Engine



What we could garner from the videos that RE released is that the bike has a throaty exhaust note. Siddhartha Lal, MD of RE, said at the unveil of the bike that a lot of attention has been paid to make the bike sound like a characteristic RE thrum, and the engine, as well as the exhaust have been tuned to deliver just that.


Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Frame



Now, coming to the price. We know that the new engine geometry is fairly simple and that it uses fairly affordable components. In fact, the entire bike has been packaged to be “accessible” to people who are looking to upgrade from their current 350cc or 500cc Enfields to a larger motorcycle. And, dialing in the facts that it still uses the same frame as the 535 and the bike will have a single global spec, the Continental GT 650 could be priced very competitively.


Royal Enfield Continental GT 650



If we are to be optimistic, the Continental GT 650 Twin could have a starting price of Rs 3-3.5 lakh. The bikes will be launched in April 2018 in Europe and is expected to come to India around Diwali 2018. Rivaling the Continental GT 650 in India will be the Harley-Davidson Street 750 and the Kawasaki Z650.

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