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2014 Royal Enfield Continental GT Cafe Racer on Totalmotorcycle.com
The Royal Enfield Continental GT. This is the lightest, fastest, most powerful Royal Enfield in production.
Its a machine with a story, a nod to motorcycling's finest hour; a painstaking collaboration. It is also the best expression yet of a cultural phenomenon that has simply refused to fade away - the café racer.
Explore the motorcycle in its magnificence.
The standard 500cc Bullet engine has been increased to 535cc, and with a larger throttle body and hotter cam it boosts it to around 29HP. The new chassis, designed by Harris Performance, is sportier than the standard Bullet, and has a double down tube frame and longer swing arm. The suspension consists of a non-adjustable 38mm Gabriel fork and twin preload and rebound-adjustable Paioli shocks. A Brembo front brake and full-floating disc provide a serious upgrade in stopping power.
Rockers. They rode their café racers and hung out in transport "caffs".
Going on a burn-up meant riding over to the next café and back before
a song finished playing on a jukebox. Getting to a 100 miles per hour during
said journey was "doin' a ton". That said, there was a lot more
to them and their way of life than just their stripped-down, souped-up motorcycles.
A closer look into the legend behind the lightest, fastest, most powerful
Royal Enfield in production - the Rocker culture that inspired it, the collaborators
who finessed it, its combination of retro styling and ahead-of-the-curve engineering
and why it is lauded by those who know their café racers. Explore the
milestones in its timeline as it evolved to emerge as our finest expression
yet of pure motorcycling.
1950 - 1952
the rise of the Café
Britain leaves behind ration card and gets into revival mode. Young men go
back to work and start making a little extra money. To handle the needs of
industrial transport, Britains roads get an upgrade to a network of
arterial and circular roads that lead out from the center. Numerous Transport
Cafés emerge, catering to the needs of those on the move.
the ace Café
The tunes of Elvis, Eddie Cochrane, Gene Vincent and other Rockabilly artists
played on the jukebox of transport cafés. The Ace Café in North
West London with its 24 hour service was a place the Ton up Boys frequented
in large numbers; to have a cup of coffee/tea, arrange runs, listen to some
music, or simply work on their bikes. Motorcycle enthusiasts in Britain took
stock bikes and modified them by tinkering in their garages; they built faster
machines with low slung handlebars and footrests moved further back to create
a unique stance. The café racer was born and paved the way for a unique
breed of motorcycles.
In April of 1959 the 59 Club was formed strictly as a social fellowship program
for unprivileged youth begun by the Eton Mission. Initiated by Eton Missions
Curate John Oates, the 59 Club shortly became closely associated with youthful
motorcyclists in an effort to provide a positive venue for rockers and a program
within which to foster positive rather than anti-social values. The 59 Club
is today a bastion of fond nostalgia for the wonderful days when British motorcycle
technology led the world of powered two-wheeled cycling, and welcomes people
who love motorcycles of any origin or nationality.
Royal Enfield motorcycles; namely the Meteor, and Meteor Minor get café
racer treatment with rear placed foot rests and lower handlebars, thus sparking
off a revolution in motorcycle styling across a variety of models. Royal Enfield
becomes synonymous with sporty and nimble motorcycles, which appeals to this
new breed of motorcyclists. These sporty café racer styled motorcycles
gain popularity as the number of Rockers keeps increasing.
The Super Five, probably the first production motorcycle with a five speed
gearbox, was introduced. It featured a 9:1 compression ratio and 1'/16
inlet port, leading link forks and an old Enfield favourite, a deeply valanced
front mudguard suspended from the sprung section of the forks.
The Royal Enfield Continental GT makes an appearance with an Italian Style
chrome petrol tank, cranked exhaust and sporty looking half exposed rear springs.
The Bullet 350 also gets the same café racer treatment with rear placed
foot rests and lower handlebars, keeping in tune with the new café
racer styled motorcycles standard.
To prove the new model's capabilities, Royal Enfield got famous racers including
Geoff Duke and John Cooper to ride a 24-hour sprint with five riders from
John O'Groats to Land's End. On the way they planned a stop at Oulton Park
where Geoff Duke would ride several laps and also a stop off at Silverstone
where John Cooper would do the same. Unfortunately due to an Iced up track,
Geoff Duke never got to ride at Oulton Park, but John Cooper rode several
laps at Silverstone at an average speed of 70.29mph, with a fastest lap of
73mph. Not bad for a 250cc road bike in 1964. Subsequently Royal Enfield was
able to triumphantly claim the GT was Britains Fastest 250.
Royal Enfield starts production of the Royal Enfield Continental GT out of
their parent factory at Redditch. It is a 250cc four stroke motorcycle with
a fiber fuel tank in a gleaming red paint finish, a 5 speed manual gear-box
and an engine good for 21 Bhp of peak power.
The British motorcycling industry collapses
The British Motorcycling industry faces a slowdown. Most companies have vanished
into oblivion but Royal Enfield Café racers based on the Interceptor
are popular amongst enthusiasts. Most noteworthy being the Metisse Frame Rickman
Café racer culture starts reviving itself with the Bullet 350 now
being exported to UK and Europe from India with the UK factory having been
out of action for over 2 decades. Local dealers and experts start offering
Clubman kits to quickly convert stock motorcycles into great looking
and fast moving Café racers.
With the advent of the Bullet 500, Royal Enfield motorcycles with the Clubman
kits get a bigger heart- pushing out more power and performance.
The Royal Enfield Electra X powered by the Lean Burn 500cc kitted in the
Clubman guise dominates the café racer scene, with it being
the only modern motorcycle available for enthusiasts.
The Royal Enfield café racer concept is unveiled at the 2010 Auto
Expo in New Delhi, India. This generates massive curiosity amongst enthusiasts
as well as the Auto media fraternity, as it marks Royal Enfields intention
to develop a café racer motorcycle from the factory itself.
The working prototype of the Royal Enfield café racer now named the
Continental GT is showcased at the 2012 Auto Expo in New Delhi.
Royal Enfield launches the much awaited Continental GT with a
fuel injected 535cc engine in the UK. Along with this is an exclusive range
of accessories and riding gear styled on the same lines as the motorcycle.
This motorcycle reinvents the café racer culture and lifestyle associated
with it all over the world. The Motorcycle is Launched officially Globally
in London in an alaborate sequence of events including a Burn Up run from
Ace Cafe to Brighton via Brooklands.
The Dictionary of the road
Originally a British youth subculture that evolved out of the teddy boys
in the 1960s; wore black leather jackets and jeans and boots; had greased
hair and rode motorcycles and listened to rock'n'roll.
Refers to a style of motorcycle that was and is used for fast rides from
one "transport café or coffee bar to another.
To break the 100 miles per hour barrier, preferably on a motorcycle.
Screw and Smash
1950s and early-1960s rock and roll by artists such as Gene Vincent, Eddie
Cochran and Chuck Berry.
When Rockers get together and ride.
A Church of England-based youth club founded in Hackney Wick on 2 April 1959, in the East End of London, then an underprivileged area suffering post-war deprivations. It is notable for its adoption by the British motorcycling subculture known as "rockers" in the early 1960s, its badge taking on an iconic value.
Listened to 1950s rock and roll, mostly by white American artists such as
Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry. Rockers were not
only known for their attitude and fashions, but became known for their devotion
to the music as much as their passion for motorcycles. Their music was regarded
as 'Screw and Smash'.
Coffee bars were attractive to the youth because in contrast to typical British
pubs, which closed at about 11pm, they were open until early hours of the
morning. Coffee bars and Transport Café's also had jukeboxes, which
in some cases reserved some space in the machines for the students' own records.
During that time, personal music players were few and far between; the kind
of music the youth enjoyed wasn't played on the radio, and so the jukebox
was one of the few saving graces.
The rocker hairstyle, kept in place with grease or hair cream, was usually
a pompadour, as was popular with some 1950s rock and roll musicians. An interesting
fact about the Beatles is that they initially dressed like Rockers, had their
hair combed in the Rocker's style and maintained this look while performing
in Hamburg when they first began. By the time of their appearance on the Ed
Sullivan Show in February, 1964 they were, however, wearing Mod suits and
sporting their famous 'mop head' haircuts. Mods wore suits and other clean-cut
outfits, parkas, and they preferred 1960s music genres such as soul, rhythm
and blues, ska and beat music.
artists the rockers used to listen to:
Elvis, The King of Rock & Roll
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Credence Clearwater Revival
Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
'Record Racing' was when Rockers would play a song on the Jukebox, then have a race around a pre-determined route, and see who would reach before the song could finish. This was done especially at the Transport Café's just outside the city, where the roads had no speed limits.
2014 Royal Enfield Continental GT Cafe Racer Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
Styled after iconic Cafe Racers
Classic one-color design
All-new, fully-integrated unit construction 535 cc engine
Improved suspension, higher cruising speeds, and better handling
Incredible 85 mpg fuel economy*
Built to meet Euro III and other modern emissions standards
Industry-leading 2 year, unlimited-mileage manufacturer warranty
* Estimate based on initial mileage reports
2014 Royal Enfield Continental GT Cafe Racer Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
The Royal Enfield Continental GT is the lightest, fastest, most powerful
Royal Enfield in production. A machine with a story, a nod to motorcyclings
finest hour; a painstaking collaboration. It is also the best expression yet
of a cultural phenomenon that has simply refused to fade away - the café
2014 Royal Enfield Continental GT Cafe Racer - Totalmotorcycle.com North
American Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $5,990 USD
Canadian MSRP Price: $ See Dealer for pricing in CDN
Engine Single Cylinder, 4-Stroke, Spark Ignition, Air Cooled, OHV
Cubic Capacity 535 cc
Bore x Stroke 87mm x 90mm
Compression Ratio 8.5:1
Maximum Power 29.1 bhp (21.4 kW) @ 5100 rpm
Maximum Torque 44 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Ignition System Digital Electronic Ignition
Clutch Wet, Multi-Plate
Brakes- Front Brembo 300mm Floating disc, 2-Piston floating caliper
Brakes- Rear 240mm Disc, Single piston floating caliper
Tires - Front 100/90-18, 56 H Pirelli Sport Demon
Tires - Rear 130/70-18, 63 H Pirelli Sport Demon
Dimension - L x W x H 81in x 30in x 31in
Wheel Base 54 inches
Ground Clearance 5.5 inches
Weight (Wet) 412 lbs
2014 Royal Enfield Continental GT Cafe Racer - Totalmotorcycle.com European/UK
UK/European MSRP Price: £5,199.00 GBP (On The Road).
Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Air cooled
Bore x stroke
87mm x 90mm
29.1 bhp (21.4 kW) @ 5100 rpm
44 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Digital Electronic Ignition
5 Speed Constant Mesh
15 W 50 API, SL Grade JASO MA
Keihin Electronic Fuel Injection
Electric & Kick
chassis & suspension
Twin downtube cradle frame
Telescopic, 41mm forks, 110mm travel
Paioli,Twin gas charged shock absorbers with adjustable preload, 80mm travel
760mm ( Without Mirrors)
1070mm ( Without Mirrors)
Kerb Weight-(90% Fuel+Oil)
Fuel Tank Capacity
brakes & tyres
100/90-18, 56 H Pirelli Sport Demon
130/70-18, 63 H Pirelli Sport Demon
Brembo 300mm Floating disc, 2-Piston floating caliper
240mm Disc, Single piston floating caliper
12 volt - DC
12 volt, 14 Ah
12V H4 60 / 55 W
Turn Signal Lamp
12V 10 W (4 Nos.)
Specifications, features and prices to change by manufacturer without notice.
All information correct as of posted date.