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Old 01-04-2014, 03:00 AM   #1
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royal enfield continental gt

Hi All
I really love the look of the new GT and would like to know if anyone has any first hand experience on one yet and what you thought the pro and cons of them are
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Old 01-04-2014, 03:34 AM   #2
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Do you ever ride at highway speeds or are you just looking for a backroads puttering around bike?

IMHO they're a blast at 45mph in the country, probably ok in towns commuting around, but if you want to ride the interstate or a major highway they're not for me.
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Old 01-04-2014, 05:13 AM   #3
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This is a good review

http://www.cycleworld.com/2013/09/18...review-photos/
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Old 01-04-2014, 09:38 AM   #4
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Such a better around town and back country road bike than any Sportster IMO.
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Old 01-04-2014, 09:50 AM   #5
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I'm not the biggest Sportster fan as I owned one and it fell short in many areas for me, but in spite of that I think Milwaukee's finest would be far superior to a Royal Enfield in just about every area bar purchase price and running cost...

Still, both brands are great when it comes to character and quirks and they make a good antidote to Japanese bike blandness.
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:08 AM   #6
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Honestly, we should reserve judgement until jerryh chimes in.
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:39 AM   #7
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Honestly, we should reserve judgement until jerryh chimes in.
Blah blah blah flat tires blah blah talking out of my ass center stand blah blah blah my back hurts blah blah i dont like it therefore no one should.

Thats should about sum it up.
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Old 01-04-2014, 11:41 AM   #8
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Such a better around town and back country road bike than any Sportster IMO.
So you have experience with both?
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Old 01-04-2014, 12:47 PM   #9
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The US is just getting them so it's hard to have hands on experience here but I've ridden the others with the 499cc single which the GT is close to. Obviously handling will be better on the GT

Engine wise they're good. Just not fast. They like get to 80 and just fall flat like they have a governor on them. With some modding I'm sure you can easily get them highway worthy. I'm seriously considering one.
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Old 01-04-2014, 01:52 PM   #10
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I've ridden a standard Enfield so I can't imagine it being that much different from the GT. As for the Sporty...I'm glad I still have my kidneys.
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Old 01-04-2014, 02:15 PM   #11
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There is nothing wrong with the current Enfields. They work quite well for what they were designed for. Think of them as a modern day but lighter 650 Bonneville. They will cruise all day at normal highway speeds, but prefer the secondary roads, which tend to be a lot more fun to ride anyway.
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Old 01-04-2014, 03:02 PM   #12
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Nice proper looking motorcycle.
PRICE: $7,499.00
"a bit over 80 mph indicated is about all the Continental GT will do on level pavement in full tuck."
So cruising at 65 MPH should be fine.
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Old 01-04-2014, 03:27 PM   #13
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Nice proper looking motorcycle.
PRICE: $7,499.00
"a bit over 80 mph indicated is about all the Continental GT will do on level pavement in full tuck."
So cruising at 65 MPH should be fine.
80 indicated may be 65.
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Old 01-04-2014, 05:46 PM   #14
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Do you ever ride at highway speeds or are you just looking for a backroads puttering around bike?

IMHO they're a blast at 45mph in the country, probably ok in towns commuting around, but if you want to ride the interstate or a major highway they're not for me.
I stopped for gas one night in Fairfield, TX. It was about 50 degrees out and the guy at the next pump was on a Royal Enfield riding from Dallas to Houston! Mind you, that stretch of I45 is 75 mph. I followed him for a while out of morbid curiosity so I know it will do 75, but for how long,I don't know.
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Old 01-04-2014, 06:35 PM   #15
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I rode an Enfield around Scotland a few years back. Awesome bike for everything but going 100mph, and I couldn't give a fuck about going that fast. For twisty roads and seeing the scenery, it's the most fun you can have on a bike in my opinion. The old 'slow bike fast' thing. Can you go faster? Sure. Can you have gobs of HP you'll use almost never to its full potential? Sure. Do those things have you giggling like a schoolgirl inside your helmet? Probably not.

I think this is a great bike and I hope they sell like baby wipes at an orgy.
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