Royal Enfield Returns To The Race Track After 54 Years With Two Nought Tea GT 2.0s

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It was in 1965 when Royal Enfield last visited the race track with its GP5 250cc racer project. It has been 54 years since then and now, a few passionate staff from the factory’s UK Technical Centre have worked nights and weekends to head out racing with two newly-built Nought Tea GT version 2.0 machines, developed in collaboration with Harris Performance. Revealed in the month of May 2019 at Bike Shed, work began to build two track-focused, Harris Performance “Nought Tea GT” successors, with the intent of being race-ready for the Bike Shed Festival 2019.

Royal Enfield Continental Nought Tea GT face off

The project made Royal Enfield and Harris Performance work with collaborators such as Brembo, Ohlins and HEL, which has seen a reduction in weight of 18.5 kg and an increase in power of 26% at the rear wheel of the bikes. The racing action witnessed Paul Young (Official Factory Test Rider) and Curtis Wright (Factory Custom Rider) take to the track with the two Harris Nought Tea GT 650 v2.0 in the Cafe Racer Cup. Mark Wells (Head of Product Strategy and Industrial Design) headed out in the Commuter Cup on a fully-accessorised Continental GT 650 and Kevin Kennedy (Factory Custom Dirt Rider) took to the dirt in the Malle Dash on board the skunK650 – an Interceptor 650 which has been lightly modified for trial and scrambler racing.

Royal Enfield Continental Nought Tea GT HarrisGT_X2_HeadOn

In terms of bodywork, major modifications on the Nought Tea GT includes a fairing which was designed specifically for the Continental GT 650, including all the mounts that secure it in place. They also removed the airbox and replaced it with two intake pipes that match stylistically to the custom exhaust. The subframe loop was chopped and moved in, to more closely align with the seat cowl, and a tail lamp was integrated into it. A hand-stitched seat and custom three-tone paint job complete the picture.

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Royal Enfield Continental Nought Tea GT rear

The chassis is suspended by Ohlins suspension, while high-quality Brembo brakes make sure it stops as well as it goes. Custom Harris yokes have also been integrated to remove weight, and the tank has been modified to accept a recessed Harris filler cap. Finally, the engine has been bored out and a 750cc S&S big bore kit has been installed. Below are the bike’s official specifications:

Engine and Powertrain

Royal Enfield Continental Nought Tea GT meter

  • Cylinder Head-custom ported cylinder head
  • Throttle bodies-custom ported throttle bodies
  • Camshaft-custom race camshaft
  • Final Drive-Lighter 520 chain and sprockets
  • Exhaust System-2into2 high flow headers and silencers
  • Air Filter-Twin ITG
  • Uprated Ignition System

Chassis

Royal Enfield Continental Nought Tea GT v2.0

  • Fairing-custom 3 piece fairing with a dedicated mounting kit
  • Screen-custom double bubble screen
  • Headlight-Highsider 5.75” LED unit
  • Rearlight-Sirius NS2323 LED unit with a custom housing
  • Indicators-Kellermann Bullet 1000
  • Front Wheel-Continental Road Attack 3 CR 110/80-18 tyre on 2.5” Excel rim
  • Rear Wheel-Wider 150/65-18 Continental Road Attack 3 CR tyre on 4.25” Excel rim
  • Front Suspension-Fully adjustable Ohlins Retro43 RWU forks modified by HarrisPerformance
  • Rear Suspension-Fully adjustable Ohlins STX36 twin shocks modified by HarrisPerformance
  • Front Brake-Brembo P4 Axial caliper with offset 320mm Brembo disc & RCS master cylinder
  • Rear Brake-Underslung Brembo P2 caliper with 267mm Brembo disc & Brembo master cylinder
  • Brake Hoses-HEL Performance custom length braided hoses
  • Brake Pads-DP Brakes X-Race Sintered
  • Handlebars-Harris Performance clip ons
  • Levers-Harris Performance folding levers
  • Mirrors-Royal Enfield Genuine Motorcycle Accessories bar end mirrors
  • Rearsets-Harris Performance custom rearsets
  • Seat-Royal Enfield Genuine Motorcycle Accessories touring seat
  • Seat Cowl-Royal Enfield Genuine Motorcycle Accessories seat cowl
  • Paddock Stand Bobbins-Royal Enfield Genuine Motorcycle Accessories swing arm bobbins
  • Chain Adjusters-Harris Performance custom chain adjusters
  • Yokes-Harris Performance custom adjustable triple clamps
  • Fastener Kit-Pro-Bolt stainless steel
Royal Enfield Continental Nought Tea GT HarrisGT_X2_HeadOn
Royal Enfield Continental Nought Tea GT HarrisGT_Red_SlowCorner
Royal Enfield Continental Nought Tea GT HarrisGT_Grey_Corner
Royal Enfield Continental Nought Tea GT meter
Royal Enfield Continental Nought Tea GT rear
Royal Enfield Continental Nought Tea GT grey
Royal Enfield Continental Nought Tea GT face off
Royal Enfield Continental Nought Tea GT all three
Royal Enfield Continental Nought Tea GT formation
Royal Enfield Continental Nought Tea GT fairing
Royal Enfield Continental Nought Tea GT red and grey
Royal Enfield Continental Nought Tea GT brakes
Royal Enfield Continental Nought Tea GT tank cover
Royal Enfield Continental Nought Tea GT v2.0
Royal Enfield Continental Nought Tea GT handlebar

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