Ok, so hell has just frozen over for the second time in recent years. I’ve been riding around on my Bullet for a while and the wife has just agreed to me getting a second bike (even with an infinite number of stars with an infinite number of worlds I know that isn’t happening somewhere). As I’m running down to the bike shop before she changes her mind I think to myself “what bike am I going to get?”, the answer is simple, a cafe racer. Royal Enfield have been very obliging and now make the Continental GT. With a fuel Injected 535cc unit Construction Engine, 29.1 bhp power and 44Nm torque you will never break any land speed records but you will have fun cruising around on this baby, not to mention looking cool doing it. I’ve just never been a fan of the Japanese plastic rockets that have a larger engine capacity than car, will Slingshot you into outer space before Ninja chopping you into a thousand pieces. I have this twisted need for things that look old and leave people wondering if you’ve restored/stolen your grandfather’s bike.
Pros: Cafe racers are cool + Royal Enfield are cool = this bike is cool.
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