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Barber's Best

A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.


1965 Royal Enfield Continental GT

1965 Royal Enfield Continental GT

1965 Royal Enfield Continental GT

Country: Great Britain
Engine: Air-cooled single-cylinder 4-stroke
Ignition: Battery and coil
Power rating: 18b.h.p @ 6,500rpm
Bore x stroke: 70 x 64.5mm
Displacement: 248cc
Valves: Overhead, pushrod activated
Fuel system: Single Amal Concentric carburetor
Transmission: Front telescopic forks, rear twin shocks
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 330lb.
Top speed: 80mph

One of the last truly independent motorcycle manufacturers by the Sixties, Royal Enfield saw they were losing bike sales to Japanese and European competitors. Taking advantage of the café racer craze, Royal Enfield used every styling cue on their 250cc lightweights to make British motorcycles more appealing to young riders. This Continental GT is the final version, and has every conceivable option.

1965 Royal Enfield Continental GT

dan wineinger
7/20/2012 5:36:06 PM

Now Honda is coming out with a cafe style 250 in some markets. Sadly Enfield is gone. The Indian built version would do well to try the 500/250 in cafe trim. I am considering the new ZP with it's modern emissions compliant large bore single cylinder motor by Gas Gas, for multi purpose transportation on and off road. A small light weight half fairing and a change of tires would make this new German single cylinder a very interesting ""all round" purchase that has great power characteristics and cheap on fuel.


tim kern
7/19/2012 2:04:08 PM

Mouthwateringly cool.