Royal Enfield is all set for a top speed attempt on their new Royal Enfield Continental GT 650. Taking place at Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials (BMST). Bonneville Salt Plains is a haven for drag enthusiasts and Motorcycle companies to set top speed records.
Royal Enfield is using a GT 650 with many modifications for the run. Although more details are not available, certain modifications are apparent. Modification credits go to Harris Performance, a unit of Eicher Motors Ltd owned S&S Cycle, Inc. 18-year old Cayla Rivas will be performing the stint. She did a total of 20 laps before registering an average top speed of 150 mph or 240 km/h. Cayla has 12 top speed records to her name. She has been riding the salt plains since she was 12. Royal Enfield is currently awaiting a formal certification from the FIM or Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme.
The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650’s engine is custom tuned for this performance. It also includes a nitrous oxide injection for an extra boost and power output. It also features Ohlins upside-down forks. The low slung clip on handlebars will assist the rider better during the run. The suspensions have very less travel for a stiffer rider that results in a higher speed. We can also see the obvious extended wheel base common to all drag race motorcycles. The tail has modifications to improve the aerodynamics. The expected power output from this twin cylinder mill is in excess of 100hp.
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 India Launch
Royal Enfield will launch the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT650 later this year in India. The Interceptor 650 has a roadster-like stance. On the other hand the Continental GT 650 will feature as a cafe-racer. The bikes will be powered by a twin cylinder 650cc motor. These motorcycles when launched will provide a good competition to the likes of the Harley Davidson 650 and Triumph Bonneville 650.
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