- Gets a new bubble-type fairing
- Engine crank-case and exhaust system look different
- Sports white wheel rims
Royal Enfield was recently caught testing a faired version of the Continental GT 650 in India. While this fairing seems to have substantially altered the overall look of the bike, there are more hardware-related changes evident in the spy shots.
Similar to the Continental GT-R650 race bike, the test mule was carrying a quintessentially retro bubble-type fairing. However, this is a larger unit extended almost up to the crank-case with angular edges and a dual-tone paint scheme. Now, it might appear that this fairing will just be available as an optional accessory for the Continental GT 650. However, there are chances that this might be a different model altogether.
A close inspection of the spy shot reveals that the engine crank-case is quite different from the slick cylindrical unit on the existing model. Moreover, the exhaust system also seems to have been slightly revised. One can also notice the spoke wheel rims being finished in white which is not seen on the motorcycle yet. Having said that, the overall hardware package is certainly the same with 18-inch wheels, telescopic forks, dual springs, and a single disc at both ends.
As of now, there’s no information available on the launch timeline of this faired Continental GT 650. However, we expect Royal Enfield to launch it this year itself, perhaps in the second half of 2023.