Royal Enfield Continental GT: Review — PistonHeads

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No, not that Continental GT but a reinvention of a British classic

First, a history lesson.

Not so many ago the UK used to lead the way when it to motorcycle production with such as BSA, Velocette, Norton and of course Royal So, for those who are unaware of Enfield’s here is a very quick of its rise and fall from

Single-cylinder thumper lives up to

Formed in 1891 as the Townsend Company it initially supplied parts to the Royal Small Factory in Enfield, before its first motorcycle in 1901 the name Royal Enfield.

As the industry boomed through the half of the 20th century, Enfield became a household producing machines such as the Bullet, before the collapse of the bike industry saw it close its in 1967. But that wasn’t the end of Enfield.

Throughout its life Enfield had very close with India, supplying the army with bikes in before becoming the country’s four-… motorcycle manufacturer in with an Indian subsidiary. So, the UK factory stopped production, it was a matter of time before production filled the gap.

10 years after the last UK left the Redditch factory, Bullets were being back into the UK. Then it all a bit wrong, Enfield ran into issues and it was bought in 1994 by firm Eicher Group, its owner.

Eicher developed a new range of Enfields introducing start and left foot change in 2002 and a brand new motor in 2009 that was a construction rather than the gearbox and motor design of the old Ok, now we are up to speed, what’s new about the Continental GT?

Retro looks with modern tech

to the future.

You may not have guessed it, but about every component bar the is new on the GT. Styled on the 1965 Enfield GT (although not 250cc), the 2013 uses a larger capacity single-cylinder engine with electric start (yes, is still a kick-start) and left gear change. It is essentially the Bullet motor with a bore to up its power.

Well I say up, the GT makes a somewhat 29.1hp with 32.4lb ft of which makes it restricted friendly if not exactly a rocket However while the engine somewhat limited, the chassis has serious sporting credentials.

by race paddock stalwarts Performance, the tubular steel has been developed with in mind (well, certainly than the engine can deliver) and as as 41mm forks comes twin Paioli shocks, tyres and a single 300mm Brembo caliper. The styling is by British firm, Xenophya and it comes in any colour you like as long as it’s red. But is another twist.

This Royal Enfield aims to 175,000 bikes. Yep, right, 175,000. The Eicher has just built a brand new and in India there is a huge list for Enfields.

But of those bikes, only 5,000 be exported. Which is where Enfield is hoping the GT will in.

A classic name on the tank for chic

The GT is styled to tap into the retro/cafe racer market. Enfield’s heritage, Eicher is riders will buy the Enfield for the as well as the look. But it isn’t a bike, it’s an Indian

And will that matter?

there may be some snobbery the perceived quality. Looking at the from afar this seem a worry, however get a closer and there are certain where the GT really lets down. The finish isn’t and items such as the switchgear and look a bit budget. If the bike was cheap this wouldn’t be an issue, but at Ј5,499 the GT is only less than the more and better built (in Thailand) Bonneville.

But does the Enfield’s make up for it?

We test rode the from the Ace Cafe through and out to Brooklands but from cold my stalled about four before I had even left the car park. The GT has a choke lever, isn’t actually a choke as and instead simply increases the The problem is it doesn’t stay on, it shut, causing the bike to

Call me picky, but I expect a fuel injected bike to be to fuel itself without my

Braking not as impressive as hardware

Once going the single engine gets on with the job in The clutch action is light, is nice, and the gearbox acceptable, the power is certainly limited. claims just shy of 30hp despite sounding amazing its fruity pipe, the GT doesn’t quick.

And then the vibrations in.

Get the motor above 5,000rpm and it like one of those objects Ann Summers sell. I’m not to a vibrating single — I own a Venom — but the Enfield does shudder like else out there. Character? a decision only potential can make; personally I found it a too intrusive. And the brakes are best as adequate.

They do the job, but any real feel and I suspect they are built in Brembo’s facility (which usually things Bybre — By and not quite up to the European spec But what of the chassis?

Here is the interesting part the Enfield actually handles well. You can sling it around and its weight and decent tyres it is not a bad handling bike at all. traffic the GT was very nimble and out of the congestion it dealt with the fairly well.

I’m not Harris’ input has had a great of impact but at normal speeds you criticise the GT too much.

Jon gets character with an old-school

So, the big question, is the GT worth Ј5,499? The bike actually costs however the higher spec on we comes with a single race exhaust and bar-end for an extra Ј300. If you like the can put up with its quirks and aren’t much in the way of performance the GT is a good bike that should run and

However, for my money Enfield moved the game on at all. you look closely too many have been cut and the engine behave as a modern one should. all for characterful bikes, but when paying Ј5,499 I want one to be well and work properly. If you are Enfields, or just like the then the GT is certainly a very bike.

It won’t break down time you want to take it for a or try and fire you into orbit via a Charming as the GT was, though, it did me a little irritated at its lack of and budget components.


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