Going nostalgic with Royal Enfield's Continental GT

What’s really not fun is the vibration. Okay, so vibration is part of the package with any RE, and for many owners, part of the appeal even. But the lean-forward riding stance combined with the vibey motor can get tiresome on long rides. The vibrations are especially jarring at idle, and when the bike approaches peak torque around 4,000rpm. After that mark, the bike feels better all the way to 5,100rpm. The five-speed ’box is smooth, though a sixth gear would be very useful in a sports bike like the GT.

While the chassis has contributed to a marked improvement in ride and handling, the engine has some catching up to do. Fit and finish has drastically improved, thanks to the new automated plant where the bike is being built.

The Royal Enfield Continental GT won’t start a café racer revolution in India anytime soon, but from the looks of it, it may just become a much more common sight around the cafés that it’s aimed at. The GT offers plenty of bang for your buck, and given those million-dollar looks, its Rs 2.14 lakh (on-road, Mumbai) sticker price seems totally worth it. All we need now is for RE to slip a high-revving 350cc motor on to that chassis.

(Words: Abhinav Mishra, Photos: Nitin Rose)