Royal Enfield Continental GT breaks land speed record

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A “Made like a gun, goes like a bullet” motorcycle from India has broken an international speed record. The Royal Enfield Continental GT had to cross many continents and several seas to achieve this feat at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, America. Modified by ace tuner and performance parts manufacturer Matt Capri, the bike broke the land speed record in the 500 Modified Push-rod Partially Streamlined category. It clocked an unofficial speed of 156.3kph, breaking the previous record of 151 kph in the same category.

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The Continental GT was saddled by rider Nadine De Freitas, who also holds a doctorate degree in physical therapy. For this event, the Continental GT was fitted with modified cam shafts, cylinder head, throttle bodies, piston and an exhaust system. The souped up cafe racer with an increased compression ratio developed over 60PS, which is almost twice the power figures of a standard bike.