Royal Enfield tipped to axe Continental GT 500

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Royal Enfield is expected to axe the Continental GT 500 to make way for the coming 650cc twins and avoid confusion with the Continental GT 650  model.

At $8590, the current GT is the most expensive in the line-up.

The new 650 models are expected to cost less than $10,000 ride away for the Inceptor 650 Twin and about $10,500 for the Continental GT 650.

Royal Enfield 650 twins factory axe
Royal Enfield 650 twins

That compares favourably with the recommended retail prices (without on-road costs) of other retro models such as the Ducati Scrambler Classic ($15,790), Kawasaki W800 Special Edition ($11,999), Moto Guzzi V7 Stone ($12,990), Triumph Bonneville T100 Black ($15,300) and Yamaha XSR750LA ($10,999).

Production of the 650cc models started in April and we can expect them to arrive in Australia in the next couple of months.

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Meanwhile, the old Continental GT ended sales in Indian this year and is expected to end production soon as the Indian motorcycle company invests $160m this financial year on new models, R&D and increased production.

More than 16 months after the Royal Enfield range was launched in Europe with dual-channel ABS, Australian fans can finally buy the Continental GT, Bullet 500 and Classic 500 range with these upgraded brakes.

Royal Enfield Australia distributors Urban Moto Imports (UMI) have kept a lid on prices.

In the UK, they cost an extra $800-$1000, but here they cost an extra $200 and only $100 more for the Continental GT.

Royal Enfield 2018 prices

ROYAL ENFIELD RRP           (inc GST) Suggested Rideaway
BULLET 500 ABS 7690 8690
CLASSIC 350 5590 6490
CLASSIC 350 REDDITCH 5590 6490
RUMBLER 350 5790 6790
CLASSIC 500 ABS 7990 8990
CLASSIC STEALTH BLACK ABS 7990 8990
CLASSIC GUNMETAL GREY ABS 7990 8990
CLASSIC DESERT STORM ABS 7990 8990
CLASSIC BATTLE GREEN ABS 7990 8990
CLASSIC SQUADRON BLUE ABS 7990 8990
CLASSIC CHROME ABS 8190 9190
CONTINENTAL GT ABS 8690 9690
HIMALAYAN 5990 6990

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