First Ride: 2014 Royal Enfield Continental GT

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2014 Royal Enfield Continental GT

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First Ride: 2014 Royal Enfield Continental GT
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  • Blu E Milew

    29hp out of 535cc? And I thought my 14 year old DRZ400 was low on power..

    • Rich Wentz

      My thoughts exactly.

  • Mark Vizcarra

    Did you just gripe about the horn being too loud? That is more Pro than a con here in the US

    • Jay Temkar

      It is Pro in India as well…In India people constantly honks..and many times for no reason..

  • 200 Fathoms

    “It delivers a much more authentic retro experience than any Bonneville will ever provide.”

    What does this mean?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      The bonnie is a modern bike in retro dress. The Enfield is a classic bike made using modern production methods.

      • Piglet2010

        A good thing too – although I would argue about the rear suspension on the Bonnie being modern.

  • David

    “fastest and most powerful bike Royal Enfield has ever produced.”

    Hmm, I think this needs a fact check…. I believe the fastest motorcycle Royal Enfield ever produced was the Interceptor, which had a reported top speed of 120 mph from contemporary magazines. This is probably a little optimistic, but owning one, I can verify that they put out more than 30 horsepower and will top “the ton.” It was the fastest street-legal production motorcycle that was produced in the early-mid 1960′s.

    For reference check the chart provided here:
    http://www.cycleworld.com/2012/04/02/fifty-years-of-do-you-have-any-idea-how-fast-you-were-going/3/

    • Dan Kearney

      Should have read “Fastest Indian Royal Enfield” ever. . .

      Cheers

    • William Hardy

      couldn’t help noticing the 1949 Vincent – 18 years before there was a contender…

    • ThruTheDunes

      In fairness to the reviewer (Bjorn), the quote at the start of the article says the …lightest, fastest and most powerful bike Royal Enfield currently makes, not that they ever made.

      • David

        The review was updated since I made my comment.

        • ThruTheDunes

          Ah, I was unaware, thank you for putting that in context. And for fostering the correction. Most appreciated.

  • Chris Davis

    I love the acknowledgment that customers want trimmed fenders so let’s just make it easy on everyone and make them that way to begin with, adding plastic (and no doubt easily removable) extensions to meet legal requirements. Well done.

    • TP

      Good point

  • http://www.motopraxis.com/ Aakash

    Great review! I’m also impressed that a man named “Bjorn” lives in India.

  • biloo

    Enfeild…”the reason we lost the empire”.

    • bbradsby

      i thought it was because of Lucas electrics

      • HammSammich

        No, that’s just why they drink warm beer (Lucas Refrigerators). ;)

  • Maneesh Joshi

    “It delivers a much more authentic retro experience than any Bonneville will ever provide”.

    Now what exactly is that remark supposed to mean? In which sphere of retro has this statement been premised? Looks? Take a look at every single Bonneville model and a remarkable similarity would be noticed. Performance including reliability? Exactly the opposite.

    Before making such sweeping declarations, in all integrity and honesty, you should spend some time with the motorcycle and then perhaps, the stage would be set to compare it with the Bonneville.

    Perhaps, in an associated manner, you should also read the comments of Mr Siddharth Lal, the boss of Royal Enfield India about what he thinks of Triumph. I trust you are not of the same mould…

    • ThruTheDunes

      My vote would be to start the retro experience comparison by kickstarting the new retro Bonnie and the new retro RE. No, wait…

  • Scott

    That is a handsome bike! Any idea what the numbers on the front are for?

    • Dan Kearney

      Indian Rego. Cheers

  • Rich Wentz

    Pretty bike. Great style. But I know they can get a bit more power out of that thumper.

  • Brian Goldberg

    I bought a new RE Continental GT for several reasons. One, I wanted a lighter and less powerful bike on which I could improve my riding skills. Two, just look at the bike and tell me that it is not a truly lovely creature! Three, my tastes in bikes is, to many, rather esoteric (my other ride is a 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans), and Royal Enfields are nothing if not esoteric. Four, when I test rode it, I was in love with it by the time I stopped at the third traffic light, and knew that I had to own one. Five, even though it will set NO land speed records, it is truly a fun bike to ride. Six, it is far more comfortable than my other bike was (a beautiful, fast but too tall for me 2000 Ducati 900SSie that made my 44-year old bones ache for a day or more after a 50 mile ride). I have not regretted my decision for even a split second. I quote Ferris Bueller: “It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up!” Sure, I could have bought any one of many much faster or “better” or more polished motorcycles, but motorcycling at its heart is an emotional action, an expression of one’s personality, and something that creates great passion for the machinery. And my Conti GT stirs passion in my soul. And if your bike doesn’t do that for you, then, well, maybe you should try a different machine. To each their own!