What is India famous for? Ask people living on the other side of the globe and some of them will say ‘Taj Mahal’ or for the ‘invention of Zero’ or ‘fish curry’ but well, ask a petrol head and you will get the answer as Royal Enfield Motorcycles and we agree. Royal Enfield has been making motorcycles for a century now, and some find it funny while others take pride in the fact that not much has changed in the motorcycles they used to make 50 years back and what they make now. We come up as a country that has gigantic two-wheeler brands like Hero and Bajaj Auto, and studying the way Royal Enfield has progressed in the recent years has made other major brands to adopt new strategies at the domestic front.
Bike customization market in India might not as huge as the American or European markets, but things are changing. Many new bike customization houses have sprouted across the country in the recent times and with the kind of talent these houses reflect is incredible and promising. We have shortlisted some of the most alluring projects accomplished on the Royal Enfield motorcycles in the country. The inspiration behind all the projects on this list is unique.
1. Rajputana Customs, RE- 500 Café Racer:
The Jaipur based bike custom house has been working on Royal Enfield bikes from a long time now and they surely have come a long way. Each and every bike that comes out from their garage looks radically different from their previous projects yet connecting to the rest of their builds in an eccentric sense. The Café Racer project is one of the most distinctive makes by this Jaipur based custom house in which an RE Classic 500 has been taken a base model. As per information on the official Raputana website, this project takes about 3 months for completion and costs near Rs 5.75 lakh apart from the donor bike. Some of the other great RE builds by Rajputana Customs are 8 Ball, Chingari, Lightfoot and Original Gangster.
2. Old Delhi Motorcycles projects:
Old Delhi Motorcycles is not an average bike custom house. They are known for their highly distinctive approach. They’ve managed to grace many bikes with the ‘out of the box’ methodology and have come up all the projects that are bizarre. They do not just work on projects with chopped off fenders and chrome bits but with ideas and vision.
3. Inline-3 Customs, Tony 535 Café Racer:
Inline-3 Customs might not be the oldest in the market but they mean business. Their first ever build was on a heart transplanted 390 Duke and since then they have progressed big time. The Tony 535 Café Racer comes out as one of their finest works which have gained the attention of the international media as well. The Tony 535 is not an all Royal Enfield based project but only uses an RE engine and swingarm. Another major component, the front upside down suspension comes from WP while everything has been shoved in a Yamaha frame.
4. Bulleteer Customs, Americana:
No prizes for guessing that the Americana clearly draws inspiration from Captain America with the kind of paint scheme and shield badge it gets on the sides. It receives major customizing bits in terms of chopped up fender, rear horizontally mounted suspension, tear drop fuel tank, and wide section tires that truly makes the Americana look great.
5. Rag & Bone Customs Projects:
If you’ve ever been to a Royal Enfield showroom, chances are you’ve already seen a picture of Paul Smith in that showroom. He along with his friend ‘Stuart Cantellow’ customize RE bikes for fun and sometimes you can find their work displayed at India Bike Week that happens every year in Goa. The sad part is that none of their project bikes are for sale.