Modified Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is race-ready
5 June 2019 - IndianAutosBlog
Royal Enfield, in collaboration with chassis experts at Harris Performance, has created a unique Continental GT 650 that is ready for the racetrack.
Christened as the Nought Tea GT, the motorcycle features a massive visual and hardware upgrade.
The front of the Nought Tea GT uses a full LED headlight. The modified motorcycle has a full fairing design with a race-style, smoked visor at the front. As this Royal Continental GT 650 is has been modified for usage on the racetrack, its rear view mirrors and blinkers have been removed. The new setup enhances the motorcycle's aerodynamics. The red graphics that are visible on the fairing, fuel tank and the side and rear panels represent the flow of air over the bike.
Steering duties are performed by an aftermarket handlebar that sits lower than the standard unit, thus giving a racetrack-focused ergonomics. The stock fuel tank follows the cockpit, although it features a race motorcycle-style filler cap without a locking mechanism to help reduce weight. The rider-only setup with a rear cowl has been retained from the stock motorcycle. However, the back panel integrates the tail lamp. Similar to the front, the rear blinkers have been removed.
Another styling upgrade comes in the form of a glossy black finish to the engine covers that blends into the paint theme of the modified bike. The standard Continental GT 650, for reference, comes with a chrome finish to the engine covers.
The stock hardware has also been replaced by race-spec setup. The Nought Tea GT features telescopic forks at the front and gas-charged twin-sided springs at the back – both sourced from shock absorber manufacturing experts, Ohlins. The golden finish to the forks and springs adds a premium look to the package.
The motorcycle also features a revised air-intake mechanism and custom exhausts. The changes to the mechanical specifications have not been mentioned. The standard bike, for reference, uses a 648 cc parallel-twin cylinder, air-cooled engine linked to a six-speed transmission and delivers 47 bhp of power and 52 Nm of peak torque. The Continental GT 650 features a slipper and assist clutch as standard, which will come handy on the racetrack.
The Nought Tea GT is a commendable job, and it is one of the most desirable modified Continental GT 650s that we have seen since the Indian launh in November last year.