Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 First Ride and First Review

Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 First Ride and First Review

This new Royal Enfield 650 Twins is sportier, more youthful and more desirable. And it’s more expensive. But, in the context of mechanical, both are similar. In the same engine and the same condition Same chassis Same suspension And, the same wheel, tire and break The actual difference is in the styling, seating ergonomics, and the way the rear pre-load is set.


As with the interceptor, GT also scores high on quality. From castings to paint quality to fit and finish, all are pretty good. Certainly, this is not the best in business, on the other hand, in reality nothing really stands out as thumb in the throat. More on this in interceptor reviews.


One of the main differences between twins is Seating Eros. GT is the racer. It receives fewer clip-ons and more reset foot pegs. There is also a thin tank in it, which means that you have to catch it differently. Now, they may be, but they are nothing but uncomfortable. Compared to the old GT, this is more honest. And that means less stress on your wrist, especially when riding in traffic.

On the front of the ride, there is more weight on the front, with a lower set handle bar. Add high payloads on rear suspension and feel faster than GT interceptor. It also shakes the head which made us feel less prone to allow it to ride with more and more confidence.


This new 648cc Parallel Twin Engine is lovely. And it is mated to an equally well engineered gearbox. Engine smooth is easy with easy reveiling, mid-range torque, and even though it does not rotate like a sports bike, but the speed is still beautiful. Think about KTM 390. Okay, it’s slower than the KTM, yes, but not too much. In addition, gearshift is near crisp, coherent and intuitive; Something we do not see on the most advanced classics.

Electricity distribution is also linear. No shocks, no wonder, just creating a favorable torque. In fact, 650 twins go so easily about their business that there is a possibility, every time you see Speedo, then you are going faster than you thought. In addition, fueling is consistent, which rides in an air in the city. Relatively light clutch and throttle action also help in this regard.

Handling the intelligent, GT definitely feels more cautious and willing than the interceptor. Turn-ins is more confident; This latter does not weave as much, and it is more game for quick direction change. GT just does not look sporty, it delivers a little over well on its design.

Breaking is also strong. Sufficient power to cut, feel good and bring it down easily at the speed of three points. The interesting thing is that when it comes to stock suspension settings, GT is better. It can feel a bit stronger at slow speed, but on bumpy and insulating accessories, it seems very pleasant.

The technology

Royal Enfield wanted to keep things simple with 650 twins. So, like an interceptor, there are no riding modes, no traction control, no TFT screen and no LED lighting. Although it has dual channel ABS, fuel injection and disc on both ends. I think it can not be easier than that! Good news, it still works.

Fuel efficiency

We have not tested GT. But given that there is no real difference in mechanical or weight, expect the same economy. It is between 22-23kmpl when hard to hard, and a lad on 30kmpl when you stop trying to choke.

Objective fitness

For us, the interceptor model is 650 twins. This is a modern classic in the true sense. GT comes closer, and it works as a sporty alternative. But, it does not feel particularly as an interceptor.

Take us

GT is a great bike. Like the interceptor. But, it does not make your heart beat as much as interceptor does. Yes, GT is a beautiful thing to ride on your favorite Twisty Road, or even for road tripping, if it comes to push.

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