Black Fury: Royal Enfield Continental GT 650

Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Racer

XTR Pepo transforms an Enfield into an endurance-style racer… 

Pepo Rosell of Spain’s XTR Pepo built his reputation customizing Italian superbikes under his brand Radical Ducati. After closing that workshop several years ago and taking a long sabbatical, he returned as XTR Pepo, honing his signature style of transforming bikes of all marques into road-going race machines.

Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Racer

If you’ve been following BikeBound for any length of time, you’ve probably seen some of his past creations. Pepo has a deep knowledge of racing history and a special affinity for endurance racers, and his 2018 Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is no exception.

Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Racer

The Continental GT features Enfield’s 650cc unit-construction parallel-twin air/liquid-cooled engine, with 47 horsepower on tap. Says Cycle World of the engine:

“The 270-degree crank provides gobs of quick-revving torque that makes the engine surprisingly fun to use, whether it’s zipping you out of tight traffic spots or blasting down your favorite twisty road.”

Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Racer

Royal Enfield says the Continental GT is the lightest, fastest model in their lineup, blending retro cafe racer style, modern amenities, and the brand’s storied heritage. However, Pepo had a very different version for this 2018 model:

“The idea was to transform a humble Continental into a real race bike. It’s for this reason that Black Fury is so well equipped (with good suspension, brakes, and powerful engine), and also I have brought down the weight.”

Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Racer

Built for a client from Barcelona, the bike is now outfitted in a veritable arsenal of high-spec componentry that’s become de rigueur for XTR Pepo builds. Highlights include Ohlins forks, Triumph Daytona 675 R wheels, modified Ducati Pantah swingarm, carbon fiber fuel tank, Brembo brakes, Power Commander ECU, and more.

Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Racer

As for the bike’s nickname, it was chosen by the client’s expert team of analysts. Says Pepo:

“The name ‘Black Fury’ was chosen after a referendum in Marc’s house between his children!! 😊”

Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Racer

Below, Pepo gives us the full build detals on this stunning GT 650.

Build Sheet

Donor Bike: Royal Enfield continental GT 650 (2019)

  • Modified frame
  • XTR handmade swingarm (modified Ducati Pantah)
  • Triumph Daytona 675 R rear wheel
  • Brembo rear brake caliper
  • Ohlins rear schocks
  • Regina gold chain 520
  • 520 front pinion and rear sprocket
  • Continental Sport Attack front and rear tyres.
  • CNC Riga aluminum CNC machined pinion cover
  • XTR CNC machined pilot footrests (gear and brake levers)
  • Brembo rear brake pump
  • Triumph Daytona 675 R front wheel
  • Brembo rotors
  • Brembo front radial brake calipers
  • Ohlins front fork
  • Style & Performance CNC machined alluminium yokes
  • Style & Performance clip-ons
  • Ducati 1098 radial front brake pump
  • XTR CNC machined regulables and foldables levers
  • Domino quick open gas throttle
  • Domino starter commando
  • Domino grips
  • Frentubo red Kevlar brake lines front , rear and ABS system
  • Motogadget clock
  • XTR front bracket
  • XTR carbon fiber front fairing
  • XTR plexiglass winshield
  • XTR aluminum front light bracket
  • XTR endurance-type front lights
  • Triumph Daytona 675 R carbon fiber front mudguard
  • XTR carbon fiber rear mudguard
  • XTR (design and fabrication) carbon fiber fuel tank
  • ACC endurance type gas tap (quick filling)
  • XTR carbon fiber rear solo seat
  • XTR upholstering
  • Louis rear led light
  • Koso led blinkers
  • Royal Enfield Continental Cup Racing Belly pan, modified by XTR
  • Highside mirrors
  • NGK Spark wires
  • Fulbat lipo battery
  • S&S camshaft
  • High comp pistons
  • DNA special airpods marked XTR
  • Power Commander ECU
  • Wolfman 2-into-1 exhaust system.
  • XTR megaphone (XTR design) made by Spark
  • Artenruta painting
  • Photos by Sergio Cardeña

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6 Comments

  1. Elam Blacktree

    Nicely done! It is amazing to me that RE flat track bikes have actually won here in the States, in the production twins class.

    • Agreed! Lloyd Brothers Racing from here in Georgia, a couple of whose bikes we’ve featured, has been instrumental in tuning those RE 650 engines for AFT. So awesome to see a new brand come into the class and be competitive!

  2. Cool. I didn’t know that you could boost the power on these bikes. They look pretty good as it is and they are affordable, which leaves a lot of room for a build. I’ll think about it.

  3. ROBERT W BERQUIST

    Are those harbor freight zipties

  4. Gabe Ets-Hokin

    What I want to know is what the wet (kerb) weight would be on a build like this. Sub 400 pounds (180kg)?

    • We’ll see if Pepo weighed it before delivering it to the new owner. It’s 202 kg stock, so 180 kg would be a ~50 drop. We definitely see builds with this level of weight-savings over stock, but not sure in this case. Would guess it’s close!

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