Royal Enfield is going to unveil its new café racer in the U.S. later this summer (in July or August). The new café racer which previously known as the Cafe Racer 535 will now officially be called the 2014 Royal Enfield Continental GT.
The 2014 Royal Enfield Continental GT was showcased in concept form at the 2010 Auto Expo in New Delhi, India, and again at the 2012 Long Beach Motorcycle Show (in December) held in California. The café racer finally nears production, and was recently being tested by Eicher Motors Ltd. (Royal Enfield’s parent company) CEO Siddhartha Lal. He rode the pre-production model of the Continental GT from Goa to Mangalore via Gokarna. Read more his journey here.
The 2014 Royal Enfield Continental GT Cafe Racer is powered by a 535cc air-cooled Single engine with a remapped ECU and a lighter flywheel, and mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox, producing 36 Hp and 45 Nm (33 lb-ft) of torque. Although its engine is based on the 499cc unit construction engine used in Brand’s current lineup, the Continental GT’s chassis is all new. It has an all new dual cradle frame, as well as comes equipped with a ByBre rear brake caliper, a Brembo front brake caliper, Paioli gas charged shock absorbers, and Pirelli tyres.
According to Siddhartha Lal, the Royal Enfield Continental GT weighs is 15 kg lighter than the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500, which has a claimed curb weight of 430 pounds.