Royal Enfield Continental GT 650
The retro cafe racer tested
Back in the 1950's and 60's motorcycles were once again being used recreationally, the problem was there were really only two places to ride. To the movies or a cafe. It wasn't long before a new era of bikes was spawned, stripped down racers with dropped bars and tuned engines - the cafe racer was born.
Royal Enfield is the latest of many manufacturers to jump into the retro market or rather wait until they were fashionable again. The continental GT and its sister bike the Interceptor both echo the cafe racer era. The build quality is very good and the bikes are very well priced. Most people don't realise that Royal Enfield has been heavily influenced by India where they're now built.
This is a testament to the build quality and reliability of an iconic brand.
I test rode a heavily modified version of the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 thanks to Dealer Cooperb Motorcycles and absolutely loved it. The bike featured bar risers, fork gaiters a myriad of chrome bits and some lovely pipes.