Continental GT 650 is amongst the bestselling Royal Enfield motorcycles and it is also one of the preferred options for customization projects. In the latest mod job, Royal Enfield has unveiled ‘The 30’, a retro-modern cafe racer. The modified Continental GT 650 was unveiled at Kustomfest 2019 and it has been developed in collaboration with Indonesia-based Krom Works Garage.
Kustomfest is the hub for customized motorcycles, where bike modifiers from across the globe showcase their wonderful creations. This year’s theme at the event is ‘Back to The Roots, which aptly suits ‘The 30’, as it derives inspiration from cafe racing scene of the 60’s. The modified bike has undergone some extreme customizations, which make it truly unique and quirky in character.
While ‘The 30’ retains core components such as the engine from Continental GT 650, most other parts have been customized or replaced with aftermarket units. For example, front section has been stripped of its round headlight and replaced with a nifty, aerodynamic cowl that seamlessly connects with the rider’s crouching stance.
The rear frame has also been modified to make it short and leaner. ‘The 30’ also gets custom made steel galvanized parts including fuel tank, fairing, side panels, front fender and hornet. Steel galvanized add-ons include air scoop and battery box. Stock seat has been replaced with custom leather saddle while KOSO EFI Multimeter comes in place of the stock speedometer.
Other customizations include modified swing arm, dual stainless steel exhaust, billet aluminium foot pegs, aluminium clip-on handlebar, aluminium-leather handgrip, and Velocity Stack air filter. Aftermarket products used include KYB Upside-down 43 mm front suspension, Sachs adjustable nitrogen (monoshock) rear suspension, Brembo dual disc 310 mm, Tokico callipers at front and rear, Yamaha R6 throttle, and Nissin brake master and clutch lever. ‘The 30’ rides on Akront aluminium spoke wheels shod with Michelin Power RS tyres.
Engine is the same as earlier, a 648 cc oil-cooled, parallel twin unit that generates max power of 47 hp @ 7,250 rpm and max torque of 52 Nm @ 5,250 rpm. However, considering that ‘The 30’ is a stripped down version of Continental GT 650, its power to weight ratio must have improved. The modified motorcycle may also have made performance gains with its customized parts and aftermarket components.