Prag­matic Café Racer

Bike India - - OUR BIKES - — Joshua Varghese

Yes, I had the two-seater op­tional seat fit­ted on to my Royal En­field Con­ti­nen­tal GT dur­ing the pre­vi­ous ser­vice. In this avatar, you ei­ther love it or hate it. There is sim­ply no mid­dle ground. For those of you who are con­sid­er­ing it al­ready, there is some­thing you should know. In ad­di­tion to of­fer­ing a new look, the two-seater sad­dle serves its pur­pose but lacks the pre­mium feel of the stock seat. Other than that, it has not af­fected the rid­ing dy­nam­ics of the mo­tor­cy­cle. Over the past few months, I have been reg­u­larly rid­ing the Conti in the rain. Since I had a fair bit of trav­el­ling to do, the mo­tor­cy­cle was left ly­ing in a con­di­tion of ne­glect dur­ing the rainy sea­son. When I came back from my week-long va­ca­tion, it loy­ally thumped to life at the first kick. Thus far, I have done 5,000+ kilo­me­tres and I haven’t faced any me­chan­i­cal or elec­tri­cal is­sues of any sort. Al­though it seemed like a hand­ful ini­tially, life with this charmer is a lot eas­ier than I ex­pected.

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