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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Video captures thrill of Royal Enfield's Top-to-Tip run

New video captures Royal Enfields racing across Britain.
You'll wish you were along for the ride as you watch Royal Enfield's short, punchy video of the Top-to-Tip ride, posted recently by rider Matt Kimberley.

New Royal Enfield Continental GTs set off May 10 from the top of Britain to repeat a 50-year-old publicity stunt: running all the way to Lands End in under 24 hours.

The original 250cc Continental GT did it in 1964. Could the new machines match that performance?

They did, but this video captures the excitement of the effort. It's beautifully photographed and well worth a few moments to watch.

I confirmed with Kimberley that he was one of the relay riders aboard one of the Continental GTs on the run. He replied:

"Yes: the legs between Penkridge, Silverstone and Shepton Mallet. 'My' bike was the first to finish — because I skipped lunch!"

Hardly the most impressive shot but I couldn't help noticing the big American car looming behind a rider at one point in the video. See if you can spot it.

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