Royal Enfield provides a plethora of accessories for its products. These fall under various categories like bodywork, protection, controls, etc. Out of all the available accessories, most of them are for enhancing the visual appeal of the motorcycles but a few of them are actually functional. In this story, I’m going to tell you about those few official accessories for Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 you should really buy.
This is a must-have official accessory. The Continental GT 650 has a big engine with two beautiful chrome exhausts. While it’s tempting to ride the bike in its pure naked and stock form, all those chrome parts are very vulnerable and prone to damage in case of a fall. This is where the engine guard comes into play.
Royal Enfield provides two types of engine guard for the Continental GT 650 – compact and large. Both of them are available either in chrome or matte black. The compact engine guard protects only the bottom portion of the engine. It is kind of a compromise between protection and looks and tries to provide the best of both the worlds. Having this on is much better than having nothing.
The large engine guard, on the other hand, should protect the entire engine as well as the exhausts. Yes, it is big and heavy but I think Royal Enfield has done a good job in making it as aesthetically pleasing as possible without compromising on its function. I personally like the chrome variant as it gels with the chrome engine. There are other benefits of having a large crash guard. For example, you can mount auxiliary lights on them.
What else do you think the large engine guard could be used for?
Aluminium Sump Guard
The Continental GT 650 has a ground clearance of 174mm which should be more than sufficient to tackle most of the speed breakers and road undulations. But still, you should be careful on your part and get the aluminium sump guard. It is very well built and doesn’t really hinder in terms of aesthetics. Apart from protecting the engine from scraping, it also shields the oil filter, located just behind the front wheel, from mud and debris.
Fork Gaiters prevent the front forks from dirt and grime and thus, keep the oil seals safe. This is helpful especially if you are living in an area with a high level of humidity and sand nearby.
However, installing them is a tedious task as it requires disassembly of the front wheel and taking off the forks from the triple clamp. This is one of the reasons why people either don’t install them or go for the aftermarket velcro-type fork gaiters. I recommend to take your Continental GT 650 to an authorised service centre and get the official fork gaiters installed.
Unlike the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, the Continental GT 650 doesn’t come with a main/centre stand in some of the international markets. Having a main/centre stand helps in many ways like chain maintenance, tyre puncture repair, etc. But since it isn’t available in the GT, you should get the swingarm bobbins as they will allow you to use a paddock stand properly and carry out the basic tasks. Yes, you can’t carry it everywhere you go but trust me, it will make your life easier.
These were the must-have official accessories for the Continental GT 650. These can be fitted in the Interceptor 650 as well. Do let me know what you think about the GT 650 as a bike and also what are the mods that you have done on it and whether you’ve installed any of the aforementioned official accessories or not.