|Royal Enfield Continental GTs shimmer in the rain at the Ace Cafe.|
It's one thing for me to ride the most powerful motorcycle Royal Enfield has ever built (in India). I was preconditioned to enjoy any improvement over my own pedestrian (sometimes you walk) 1999 iron-barrel Bullet.
What would experienced motorcycle journalists say about a 2014 "cafe racer" with only 29 (claimed) bhp at 5,100 rpm?
Well, Burns writes, the Continental GT sure makes you appreciate why "doing the ton" was such a big deal back in the heyday of the cafe racers: this bike won't do it!
"Purely from a functional standpoint it feels like a lovable antique..."
Which — surprisingly — might be a good thing:
"Eureka! Reliable modern bikes that look like antiques are just what many doctors are ordering lately — to be transported to a happy, simpler time without the need to bring tools. Hats off to Royal Enfield for producing a bike that will appeal to mature riders while still being affordable enough... to get the attention of hipsters."
Check out the article for a complete briefing on the new bike and its features. Naturally, Burns spotted a lot of things I overlooked, overcome as I was by what my wife calls "Moon Eyed Adoration." She ought to know.
Here's a fun thing: one of the photos in the Cycle World article is not of the new Continental GT — it's of the original 1965 Continental GT.
Talk about authentic reproduction; I completely missed the distinction the first time I read the article.