Royal Enfield Motorcycles was founded in England in 1901 and, with over 800,000 motorcycles sold worldwide in 2019, boasts the claim of being one of the oldest global motorcycle manufacturers still in operation today. Their iconic Continental GT café racer was launched in 1964 to great acclaim when a team of journalists rode one from John O’ Groats to Lands End in under 24 hours.
Royal Enfield rolled out the all-new Continental GT in 2013, inspired by the café racer styling of the historic 250cc Royal Enfield Continental, which was produced between 1963 and 1968. The new Continental GT features a cradle frame designed by Harris Performance and beautiful new bodywork courtesy of Xenophya Design, both from the U.K.
I have a clear Georgia title in hand for this motorcycle. The bike shines in GT Yellow but the sale also includes a brand new gas tank, seat cowl and side panels in GT Red. These panels are brand new. The bike currently has the optional sport seat in yellow, plus the original cowl seat. All pieces are very easy to interchange with simple tools.
The bike is powered by an 535cc engine with a lighter flywheel and remapped ECU. It is a single cylinder, 4-stroke engine which generates a maximum power of 30 BHP at 5100 rpm. Torque comes in at 29.5 ft/pds (44 NM) at 4000 rpm. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The bike weighs only 405 lbs (184 kg), so there is plenty of power to propel you forward. This Conti features a chrome single side exhaust.
Stopping power comes from a set of Brembo 300 mm front disc brakes at the front and a 240 mm disc at the rear, plus 100/90 x 18 inch (front) and 130/70 x 18 inch (rear) wheels, wrapped in Pirelli Sport Demon tires, in great condition. The rear suspension setup includes Paioli gas-charged shock absorbers with adjustable preload to offer a more stable ride and telescopic forks at the front.
The Continental GT comes with two blue back-lit LCD display circular dials in its instrument console with chrome surroundings. The left dial of the bike houses an analog speedometer and odometer while the analog tachometer is placed on the right side.
There is a black vinyl seat that is quite comfortable and gives you nice support for longer rides. The motorcycle features nice design elements like rear set foot-pegs and clips on mirrors which completely differentiate it from other Royal Enfield bikes. This bike has been a real pleasure to own; it’s very unique and, despite having attended many events, I have never seen another one in person and always gets lots of attention.
The seller has completed all oil changes on the bike, plus has cleaned and adjusted the chain as recommended on the owner’s manual. The sale includes two quarts of synthetic 15W/50 API SL Grade Engine Oil. This is bike would be great for a new rider or an experience rider that is looking to get back to the basics of motorcycling, without any electronics aids on a bike that is fun to ride, simple to maintain and has a long history of reliability and is steeped in tradition, while having modern tires, brakes and suspension in an understated retro package.