Gordon May invited MD and CEO of Eicher Motors Siddhartha Lal on stage. His insight points to ‘we need Motorcycles which are NOT superficial or superfluous but easy to own maintain and fix.’ He further talks about virtual versus physical experiences and Royal Enfield.
In his words, ‘#CafeRacing was the purest age of motorcycling. Stripped down and souped up was the way!’ Royal Enfield Continental GT and GT Yellow mileage will be revealed tomorrow, and it will be less than that offered by Classic 500 and Thunderbird 500.
The idea is not to give this bike a pretty face, it is to bring the fun in motorcycling back in motorcycles today. The company has ensured extra power by ECU remapping. For the first time in the history of Royal Enfield, double downtube chassis is being used but the planning had been on for years.
On road price for Delhi is Rs 2.05 lakhs and on road price for Mumbai is Rs 2.14 lakhs. The Continental GT here in India is the same as being sold elswehere in the world. The reason RE launched GT first in the UK is because they want the world to know they are serious about international two wheeler markets.
And there’s as surprise in store. Siddhartha Lal unveils a new colour, the GT Yellow. The 4 stroke air cooled single cylinder offers displacement of 535cc. Max power and torque are pegged at 29.1 bhp (21.4kW) @ 5,100rpm, and /44Nm @ 4,000rpm. Equipped with a digital electronic ignition and WEt, multiplate clutch, this 5 speed constant mesh comes with an electric/kick start.
Working on Brembo anhd Pirelli, Royal Enfield’s cafe Racer has a wheelbase of 1360mm, ground clearance of 140mm. Fuel capacity stands at 13.5 litres, and the bike has a kerb weight of 184 kgs.
For those of you who didn’t know, because back in the day when GT was launched, riders oftentimes rode from cafe to cafe. Now you know they’re not crazy to ride from Ace Cafe London to Madras Cafe in India. Royal Enfield says, ‘Find your cafe, we have built a racer.’