Continental GT 535cc Owners Manual and Service Manual Links

sam2019

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A nice looking bike, I had it for 6 month but rarely rode it, then gave it back to the dealer. Seating position was awkward and it did not live up to its potential in terms of top speed and acceleration (for something called a racer, it should reach a "ton" aka 100 mph).
Enfield clearly missed the mark here, that engine could have been tuned easily up to 35hp and more.
 
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This is not anywhere near what is called fast today. If you're buying this bike, you're buying a beautiful one-cylinder homage to a machine that has been in production longer than any other engine. It sounds great, but is more of a leisurely country road bike and not at all a track bike. I'm keeping mine even though I ride it rarely.
 

sam2019

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This is not anywhere near what is called fast today. If you're buying this bike, you're buying a beautiful one-cylinder homage to a machine that has been in production longer than any other engine. It sounds great, but is more of a leisurely country road bike and not at all a track bike. I'm keeping mine even though I ride it rarely.
The UCE engine is IMO in production since 2008 ...
the GT from 1966 (!!) with all of 250cc as a single had already 21hp. It is really incomprehensible to me how bad RE engineers designed the UCE engine in terms of power 50 odd years later in actuallity having an engine with double the displacement having only 1.5 hp more (the bullet 500). Bunch of morons if you ask me.
 

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It's not more powerful because it hasn't been re-engineered. It's an homage to the original Bullet engine built in 1931, the oldest engine in production history built by the oldest motorcycle company still in production. The only difference between this engine and its heritage is a bored-out cylinder and EFI so you don't smell like gas everytime you get off. The beauty of it is in its sound, and imprecise but functional single-cylinder engine. The torque curve is down low, and having only one cylinder gives it a very calm, bold sound. When you ride it, you're riding something that was designed before computers existed. Measuring displacement is missing the point. This is a fun Sunday morning coffee fetcher, not a high displacement, modern tech bike.
 

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And by the way, you say they could have squeezed 35 hp out of it, but even 35 hp is a joke compared to today's modern bikes. Hell even 70 is a joke. This wasn't built for acceleration at all.
 

sam2019

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It's not more powerful because it hasn't been re-engineered.
now this is definitely wrong. The old engine built til 2007, and even the Austrian design of the machismo, had a very different built. for one gear and engine where separate but also the materials (cast iron vs. aluminum) and even the ratio (less of a long stroke). so no, that IS a new engine, designed in 2007 or 8 to standards of the 60s.
UCE means unit construction engine, that means engine and gear are in one housing


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UCE with integrated gear
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Cast Iron (with attached gear)
 

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