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Royal Enfield Continental GT 650

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Key specs
  • Displacement648 cc
  • Mileage - Owner Reported25 kmpl
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight198 kg

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Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Price

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Continental GT 650 Standard - BS VI

 2,96,997 Avg. Ex-showroom price Disc Brakes, Spoke Wheels

Continental GT 650 Custom - BS VI

 3,05,301 Avg. Ex-showroom price Disc Brakes, Spoke Wheels

Continental GT 650 Chrome - BS VI

 3,19,135 Avg. Ex-showroom price Disc Brakes, Spoke Wheels

Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Summary

Continental GT 650 key highlights

Engine Capacity 648 cc
Mileage Owner Reported Mileage: BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 25 kmpl
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 198 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 12.5 litres
Seat Height 793 mm

About Continental GT 650

Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is a cafe racer bike available at a starting price of Rs. 2,96,997 in India. It is available in 3 variants and 5 colours with top variant price starting from Rs. 3,19,135. The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is powered by 648cc BS6 engine which develops a power of 47 bhp and a torque of 52 Nm. With both front and rear disc brakes, Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 comes up with anti-locking braking system. This Continental GT 650 bike weighs 198 kg and has a fuel tank capacity of 12.5 liters.

The Continental GT 650 is the sportier of the two models based on the 650cc twin cylinder platform from Royal Enfield. It follows the café racer format, and eschews the pillion seat for a better experience for the focused rider.

The Continental GT has at its heart a BS6-compliant, fuel-injected 648cc parallel twin air/oil cooled motor that generates 46.8bhp and 52Nm. It feeds the rear wheel via a six-speed gearbox and chain drive. The chassis, brakes and suspension are all modern-feeling, with all the charm that their retro looks offer. The brakes are single discs at both ends, with a 320mm disc at the front, and a 240mm disc at the rear. ABS is standard. The suspension has conventional forks at the front and twin gas-charged shock absorbers at the rear, with preload adjustment. The tyres are technically tubeless but they do require a tube inside as the spoked 18-inch rims are not airtight.

Instrumentation is also retro, with a twin-pod cluster housing an analogue speedo and tacho, with a small digital pod offering information about the fuel level, odometer and two trip meters. In a similar vein, the lighting also offers no LEDs at all and no DRLs – a simple round headlamp does the job. The Continental GT 650 offers lower handlebars and rearset footpegs compared to its twin, the Interceptor 650, which makes for a more committed riding position and thus eggs you on to go quicker.

The Continental GT 650 is available in five colourways. The Standard variant of the motorcycle gets the Rocker Red paint scheme that was previously seen on the Continental GT 535 (now discontinued). The Standard model is also available in British Racing Green. The Custom (dual tone) version features two paint options - Dux Deluxe and Ventura Storm - while the Chrome model is available in an updated version of the Mister Clean. The motorcycle competes on price with the KTM 390 Duke, although in spec it is a lot closer to the Kawasaki Z650. However, neither of the two is a retro-styled café racer.
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Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • The Parallel-Twin engine is quite refined
    • Brakes work really well
    • Good build quality
  • Could be Better

    • Weight is on the heavier side
    • Boring looking instrument cluster
    • Sitting position isn't very comfortable

BikeWale's Take

The Continental GT650 has a very refined engine and excellent build quality. And while the bike is heavy and not very comfortable, it compensates for it with its retro, cafe-racer styling.

Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Review

The latest from Royal Enfield promises to be the next step in the company’s evolution. We ride it and let you know. 

Introduction

Royal Enfield sells so many motorcycles and is so profitable, everyone is scrambling to either compete or offer an alternative to the Classic 350. Royal Enfield, meanwhile, is done with the consolidation of its existing portfolio and knows that to take the next big step, it needs to do what it did in the 1990s, and undergo another big change to get to the next level. However, this time it isn’t as easy – globally, markets and manufacturers have evolved. The Himalayan was the first step in that direction, but the 650cc products are a massive leap compared to that. The first of those products we’ve swung a leg over is the Continental GT650, and here’s what we think about it. 

Fact Sheet

The Continental GT650 is the sportier of the Royal Enfield twins. What differentiates it from the Interceptor 650 are the lowered handlebar and rearset footpegs, and a different seat. The rest of it remains the same: a parallel-twin 648cc air/oil cooled engine that makes 47bhp at 7250rpm and 52Nm at 5250rpm that goes through a six-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch and chain drive. Royal Enfield has settled on a 270 degree firing order and a 4 valve per cylinder configuration for the engine, to balance power and torque characteristics while retaining a passing resemblance to the thump that makes their singles so popular. Gone are the twin spark and pushrod technologies: this is a modern engine that deliberately has eschewed water cooling to keep costs in check. 

The frame is a twin cradle frame. While that might not seem very high-tech, it has been developed in conjunction with Harris Performance. Seat height is at 793mm, while ground clearance is 174mm. Weight stands at 202kg, minus fuel. The tank can hold nearly 14 litres of fuel. The suspension consists of conventional 41mm forks up front, and RE has made the conscious decision to go with twin dampers at the rear, which have 5 stage preload adjustment. Brakes consist of Bybre units, a 320mm twin-piston floating disc at the front and 240mm rear disc with dual channel ABS as standard. The tyres have been specially developed by Pirelli for these products – the company didn’t have an 18” rear tyre that met RE’s requirements, so one was developed from scratch. The front is a 100/90 18 and the rear, 130/70 18. 

Instrumentation consists of a twin-pod cluster with speedo and tacho taking pride of place. A small digital pod takes up real estate at the bottom of the speedo, and it displays the digital fuel gauge, odometer and twin tripmeters. The bottom of the tachometer holds the warning lamps. 

On the move

The seating position on the Continental GT 650 is committed, although the handlebars contribute the lion’s share to that impression. The footpegs are rearset but not by a lot – in fact, crouching on the GT makes you feel a little cramped because then the footpegs feel like they should have been a little further back. However, for the target market, we think this riding position will be perfect, and we’re sure that mods from their performance division will include more rearset ‘pegs at some point. 

The standard seat feels a little too hard for all-day rides, but it sure helps transmit all the information from the road really well. It also needs to have more grippy fabric, because you tend to slide in front every time you brake hard. This is brought into focus because the tank is a lot narrower than the engine’s crankcase – this is important because that width is what has dictated the width of the footpegs. As a result, the rider’s knees are a lot further in, and the shape of the tank doesn’t lend itself to being gripped by the rider’s knees very easily. A wider tank would have gone a long way in making the GT more comfortable – and this stems from how good the Bybre brakes and Pirelli tyres are. These tyres aren’t very wide – in fact, there are 160cc bikes with wider rear tyres in our market, but the proportions are just right on the Continental. The brakes don’t seem like much for a 650cc twin-cylinder motorcycle that weighs more than 200kg, but the bite, feel and progression on our ride was great. 

The choice of suspension is interesting – the conventional front forks aren’t out of place, but twin dampers are the rear are an anachronism today, even if they help contribute to the period look of the motorcycle. Even on the smooth roads of California, the rear managed to transmit bumps to the rider – on the preload setting that was second from softest, and with a test rider that weighs almost as much as two regular Indians. For the Continental GT to work in India, the seat and suspension will both have to offer more comfort, despite its sporty intentions. 

Speaking of which, the frame is such an improvement over what we’ve come to expect from a Royal Enfield. We were pleasantly surprised with what the Himalayan had to offer in terms of handling, and the Continental GT 650 is a mature handler with stiffness, compliance and feedback that puts a grin on your face. There are feeler bolts and rider footpegs with springs that can fold… this should give you an idea of what the company expects its customers will do with its new product. It isn’t the kind of motorcycle that will turn at the slightest whiff of steering input, but it forgives errors, and is ready to play. It’s a little like the engine, in fact. 

The brief for the engine was to make something that had useable power through the rev range, rather than something that was a power monster that was difficult to ride daily. As a result, 80 per cent of the Continental GT 650’s torque is available from 2500rpm all the way to its power peak at 7250rpm. That’s a really wide powerband, and not just for a Royal Enfield. The 648cc parallel twin doesn’t mind being revved to the redline, but there’s no real reward to it. Instead, riding the torque curve from 3000-5000rpm works better. Yes, vibrations are present but they’re well in check. They get intrusive only when you cruise at over 100kph, which brings it to 4000rpm and over. They’re prominent through the footpegs, and to a lesser extent, through the handlebar. Vibrations from the seat aren’t absent, but they never bother the rider a lot. Fueling is smooth; even the on/off transition in the middle of a corner is handled with maturity. The gearbox is, in a word, modern. The pull on the lever is light, and it engages positively. The feel at the shift lever is excellent, with a positive snick when you go into gear. Yes, you can hurry it through the gears if you so wish, and downshifting is a breeze thanks to the back-torque limiting clutch. 

The wishlist

However, there are a few things that could have made the GT a much better product. A slightly wider tank and grippier seat would have done wonders for comfort during our day-long ride. The retro instrument cluster and headlamp unit is in keeping with the retro look of the bike, but more information would have been nice – a clock is always a welcome addition, for example. Plus, the warning lamps are invisible in bright sunshine. In the same way, a clear lens headlamp would have contributed massively to the usability of the Continental in markets like India, where street lighting can be a luxury and not a given. We’re also not completely convinced about the choice of twin rear shock absorbers, and their tuning for the Indian market. Also, given it is a Royal Enfield, the company is missing out on a massive opportunity by not providing louder mufflers as an aftermarket option at the time of launch itself. 

Verdict

Is there room for improvement on the Continental GT 650? Certainly. But this is a mature, modern product that will reward everyone, from a novice rider in a developed market to the born-again motorcyclist trying to relive his youth with something that looks great but isn’t too committed. Royal Enfield merely needs to get the price right. If they manage to price it in the range of Rs 3.5-3.8 lakhs, it’ll be well worth the money, but we’re expecting it to exceed that by a small margin. Watch this space. 

 

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Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 mileage

As reported by Continental GT 650 owners, the real mileage of Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is 25 kmpl.

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 47 bhp @ 7,250 rpm

    Max Torque 52 Nm @ 5,250 rpm

    Cooling System Air/Oil Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-VI

    Displacement 648 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 78 mm

    Stroke 67.8 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 2

    Compression Ratio 9.5:1

    Ignition Digital Spark Ignition - TCI

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Gear Shifting Pattern Gear Shifting Pattern 1 Down 5 Up

    Clutch Slipper Clutch

    Fuel Delivery System Electronic Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 12.5 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity 1.5 litres

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge 312.5 Km

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 25 kmpl

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 320 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 130/70- 18"M/C63H

    Tyre Type Tubed

    Radial Tyres No

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 240 mm

    Calliper Type Floating

    Wheel Type Spoke

    Front Wheel Size 18 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 18 inch

    Front Tyre Size 100/90- 18"M/C56H

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) 32 psi

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) 36 psi

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) 32 psi

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) 39 psi

    Front Suspension 41mm dia front fork, 110mm travel

    Rear Suspension Twin, Coil-over Shocks, 88mm travel

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 198 kg

    Overall Length 2,122 mm

    Overall Width 744 mm

    Wheelbase 1,398 mm

    Ground Clearance 174 mm

    Seat Height 793 mm

    Overall Height 1,024 mm

    Chassis Type Steel Tubular, Double Cradle Frame

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty (Year) 3 Year

    Standard Warranty (Kilometers) 40,000

Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) No

Mobile App Connectivity No

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailNo

Pillion SeatNo

GPS & Navigation No

USB charging port No

Front storage box No

Under seat storage No

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) Yes

Speedometer Analogue

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Analogue

Stand Alarm No

Stepped Seat No

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestNo

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightNo

KillswitchYes

ClockNo

Electric System12V DC

Battery12V, 12AH VRLA

Headlight TypeHalogen Bulb Type

Headlight Bulb Type55/60w, H4

Brake/Tail LightP21/5W Halogen Bulb

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

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Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 User Reviews

4.7 230 ratings 68 reviews
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  •  4Overall experience on gt 650 since 2019 october 3 days ago by Paramesh Reddy, Hyderabad

    I have owned continental gt 650 bike in 2019 , october and the mileage depends on how you ride, the max mileage i got in city is 24, and the power is awesome. The only problem is that it is not comfortable for long rides due to its driving position, although it looks be

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      25 kmpl

  •  3Not comfortable for long rides 3 months ago by Surendra Singh Rathore, New Delhi

    I have noted down 8 months ownership review of re continental gt650. Pros 1. Looks are incomparable in this segment. 2. No vibrations even at top end. 3. Top speed is 175+ 4. Exhaust note is awesome with stock exhaust.(you can also use gursewak ) 5. So much power at suc

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      Everything

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      6 months-1 yr

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      < 5000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      24 kmpl

  •  4Royal Enfield Continental review 3 months ago by Reetesh M Singh, Mumbai

    It's a good bike. I like drive this bike. It's good for long drive. You can take this bike upto Himalayas. You can take this bike for world tour also . I can say it has good mileage. I think everyone should have this bike for stylish look.

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  •  5Continental GT the rocket 4 months ago by Srujannayaka, Hospet

    1.The experience of buying continental gt was go good and it is at a very cheap price as compared to other brands in the market. So I made a choice to buy this bike. 2.The riding experience is also very good. The posture is at the aggressive side very good to ride. 3.It

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  •  5Power packed performance and attention grabbing looks 4 months ago by Dinesh Gurjar, Ahmedabad

    Amazing performance and eye catching looks, surely people turn to catch a glimpse. Pros 1.Performance 2.Looks 3.Brakes are extremely good 4.Parallel twin engine 5.Abs 6.Smooth vibration free engine 7.Bs vi engine so less pollution Cons 1. Fuel economy could be better 2.

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      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      24 kmpl

  •  5Best bike in the segment 6 months ago by Jyotiraditya Singh

    I have been riding my gt for more than a year now and I have to say this is a head turner, The performance is best in the price range ,the riding posture takes some time to get used to but when it does there is no discomfort in riding. The mileage is decent and I get 21

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      Daily Commute

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    • Ridden for

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    • Got mileage of

      25 kmpl

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FAQs about Royal Enfield Continental GT 650

  • Q: What is the on-road price of Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 in 2021?

    A: The 2021 on-road price of Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 in Delhi is Rs. 3,41,104. This on-road price includes the ex-showroom price, RTO and insurance charges.
  • Q: What is the actual mileage of Royal Enfield Continental GT 650?

    A: According to the user reported data, Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 gives an average mileage of 25 kmpl.
  • Q: Which is better Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 or Royal Enfield Interceptor 650?

    A: Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is priced at Rs. 2,96,997, has a 648 cc 6 Speed Manual engine, gives a mileage of 25 kmpl and weighs 198 kg, whereas, the price of Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is Rs. 2,80,401 with a 648 cc engine, giving a mileage of 23.5 kmpl and weighing 202 kg. You can compare Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 vs Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 based on their detailed specifications, features, prices and reviews.
  • Q: What are the colour options of Royal Enfield Continental GT 650?

    A: Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is available in 5 colours which are Rocker Red, Ventura Storm, Dux Deluxe, British Racing Green and Mr Clean. You can check all the colour images of Royal Enfield Continental GT 650.
  • Q: What are the key specifications of Royal Enfield Continental GT 650?

    A: Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is a Café Racer bike that weighs 198 kg, has a 648 cc BS-VI engine and a fuel capacity of 12.5 litres. You can check the full specifications and features.

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