Bike India - - CONTENTS - Joshua Vargh­ese

ACAFÉ RACER IS FAR FROM PRAC­TI­CAL for daily com­mut­ing. Café rac­ers are built as an ode to an era gone by and are rem­i­nis­cent of ev­ery­thing an old-school biker loves. I have been us­ing the Con­ti­nen­tal GT for over two months now. It has seen the worst traf­fic con­di­tions and the free­dom of the ghats on oc­ca­sion. With am­ple torque and an im­pres­sive power band, it rarely feels out of breath or in­com­pe­tent. How­ever, get too ex­cited while tak­ing a cor­ner and it does rudely re­mind you that it is not meant to be treated with such dis­re­gard. While the pil­lion seat is some­thing I chose to do away with, the mo­tor­cy­cle does make up for it with sheer road pres­ence. There is rarely a day when I don’t get a com­pli­ment about the mo­tor­cy­cle and the way it sounds. Of course, be pre­pared to lose a few bolts here and there. It is a Royal En­field, af­ter all.

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