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Royal Enfield’s sporty Café Racer, the Continental GT has already been warmly received wherever showcased at prominent international motor shows. It’s already confirmed the eagerly anticipated, all Indian classic bike will slip into showrooms here later this year, while a pre-production Royal Enfield Continental GT has just been photographed being tested in the Bangalore region by a Royal Enfield aficionado and Autocar India reader. The picture shows a cropped front mudguard, elongated fuel-tank, sporty clip-on handlebars and spoke rims, apart from a flat, comfortable riding saddle with ample room for two. Expect the Continental GT to house a four-stroke, single-cylinder, 535cc, air-cooled and fuel-injected engine. This café racer will be held together by a tubular steel constructed frame and swingarm, with telescopic fork front suspension and a pair of gas-charged shock absorbers at the rear. For stopping power, the café racer is expected to use single disc brakes front and rear. Chunky tyres will add muscle to this smart motorcycle and we look forward to getting astride the Continental GT in days to come. Source: http://www.autocarindia.com/News/338549,royal-enfield-continental-gt-caf233-racer-spied.aspx
I am not a great follower of Royal Enfield in the past but now am planning for one! I pretty much like most RE's and this is causing me confusion on which one to choose. I am a regular biker, never driven long.. always opted cars. But the new RE should get me starting small trips. The main purpose of the bike is City driving (approx. 20km-30km a day) and very occasional long drives. Classic 350 is out of option due to wait period.. Ive made up my mind on 2 bikes and cannot finalize which one. Classic 500 and thunderbird 500. Im not a big fan of cruisers and preferred classic 500. I felt classic 500 is more ideal for city driving, looks pretty nice and also easier handling in city. Thunderbird on other hand I feel is more preferable for long drives and I loved the new TB500 compared to older TB's.. My concern is, thunderbird comes with lot of good features that lack in classic. the digital meters, LED head lights and tail lamps, Front and back discs at almost the same cost of classic. Also I value safety measures and heard classic 500 rear drums may cause bad breaking as it is unable to handle the power. Comfort wise I heard TB is more comfortable than classic, but does that matter for 20-30km per day? I did test ride both models and liked both prioritized by Classic.. but still unable to finalize. Please help/suggest based on your experience...