Scoop: Purported Royal Enfield Continental GT 650-based Flat Tracker snapped

13/09/2019 - 06:00 | ,  ,  ,   | Neelanjan Chakraborty

Royal Enfield is reportedly planning to introduce a Flat Tracker motorcycle based on the Continental GT 650. New images shared by Sideburn and Jim West purportedly reveal the Flat Tracker 650’s existence.

Royal Enfield Flat Tracker 650 Front Three Quarter
Royal Enfield's upcoming Flat Tracker motorcycle based on the Continental 650 will have several mechanical changes.

Royal Enfield has been known to be interested in producing more products based on the 650 Twins. A flat tracker will not only allow the brand to get back to competitive racing but also open a new segment to its customers in India. The prototype of the motorcycle was spotted recently at Leicester Speedway track, UK, a location very close to Royal Enfield’s Bruntingthorpe testing facility.

The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650-based Royal Enfield Flat Tracker 650 was seen being ridden by Royal Enfield’s test rider Paul Young which adds further spice to the theory. The frame appears to have been stiffened to take on the difficult terrain a Flat Tracker is usually subjected to. This chassis is built by Harris Performance, which is owned by Royal Enfield. Besides that, it has a special S&S exhaust system.

Royal Enfield seems to be leaving no stone unturned in its attempt to dominate the global middleweight motorcycle market. The upcoming Royal Enfield Flat Tracker 650 will feature an updated handlebar as well. The suspension setup comprises a conventional telescopic front fork and a rear monoshock in a familiar style. Also, the blacked-out alloy wheels add to the charm.

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The Royal Enfield Flat Tracker 650 test mule's wheels are apparently shod with fat, knobby tyres. In comparison, the stock motorcycle is fitted with Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp rubber. The powertrain in the test unit is the same 648 cc parallel-twin, SOHC, 8-valve, oil-cooled engine. In stock form, this engine produces 47.5 PS of power and 52 Nm of torque.

Royal Enfield Flat Tracker 650 Rear Three Quarters
Folks at Harris Performance have upgraded the chassis, while the exhaust unit has been sourced from S&S.

Royal Enfield will use the Flat Tracker 650 to compete with Harley Davidson and Indian Motorcycle in American Flat Tracker championship.

[Image Source: Sideburn & Jim West]

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