If you dismiss the 2016 Royal Enfield Continental GT as a museum piece, you are making a big mistake. Although Royal Enfield perfectly hits the mark on retro café racer styling, the Continental GT has an impressive number of modern features.In addition to a Keihin EFI system, the Continental GT also has electric start, Brembo braking, Paioli reservoir shocks, and Pirelli rubber. Power output is modest, but maximum torque it created at just 4000 rpm; the period appropriate, slightly undersquare overhead valve motor puts out useful power. Ergonomics sit right between clip-ons and upright, while the cowled solo seat looks just right. If this doesn’t authentically take you back to the glory days of British café racing, with its bar-end mirrors, not many new motorcycles will.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!