Royal Enfield has introduced the spirit of café racing in India with the launch of the internationally acclaimed Continental GT motorbikes. According to the company, this bike applies the philosophy of uncomplicated, hands-on, pure motorcycling.
The café racer term was coined by British bikers in the early 1960s and these types of bikes were popular in a lot of European countries back then. The bike will be available not only in the signature GT red, but also in a new GT yellow paint job. The bikes will be powered by a 535cc, single cylinder, air cooled engine with a remapped ECU. The Continental GT bikes give a very smooth ride but at the same time, they also rank high on safety thanks to its Pirelli tyres and brakes from Brembo.
“The Continental GT is inspired by the café racers in its form and simplicity; and it captures the feeling of freedom, fun and responsiveness that riders were trying to achieve then and brings it into the modern context. It is the definitive classic sports motorcycle to have. In the best café racer traditions, the bike is simple and devoid of the excesses that characterise the cruisers and the superbikes of today”, said Mr. Siddhartha Lal, MD and CEO, Eicher Motors Ltd. (parent company of Royal Enfield).
Every Continental GT bike will be manufactured at Royal Enfield’s brand new facility just outside Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The bikes themselves will retail for Rs. 2, 14,043 (ex-showroom, Mumbai) and Rs. 2,05, 026 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).