• Classic Reimagined: Royal Enfield showcases four custom builds across the subcontinent

The brand collaborates with India’s finest bike builders for its custom world initiative

Royal Enfield marked the 24th of June with its new chapter, an initiative which saw the iconic motorcycle brand collaborate with some of the finest custom motorcycle builders in India. Royal Enfield motorcycles applauded for their road presence and the emotional connection they immediately carry. Also best known for serving as a blank canvas for every metal artisan's idea and thought flow process in making them an enchanted mobile trinket.

Across four locations, the war veteran motorcycle brand pulled the veils of four custom builds in this program based on the Classic model. In Delhi, Royal Enfield collaborated with Old Delhi Motorcycles spawning a timeless, metaphoric build named Dilli, headed by none other than Bobbee Singh. It is an ode to the spirit of old Delhi and the soul of motorcycling, a reflection of what every human spirit endeavours, right from the struggles, to the broad path of success, the fist which empowers the vision our minds muster. Covered in bright yellow and tucked with a sidecar, Dilli is a tribute to all the people who inspired Old Delhi Motorcycles.

Rajputana Customs showcased their build named Gaur in Mumbai along with Royal Enfield. They are known for their attention to detail that the jury from a parallel universe can only gauge. Enthusiasts are also aware of the sea of time and the level of patience that goes into their builds. Gaur draws inspiration from the history of Royal Enfield motorcycles. All the custom elements of Gaur are handmade. From girder front suspension, all-new tank, etched drum brakes at both ends, eye-catching inverted levers and old school-inspired velocity stacks. Rajputana Customs burnt the midnight oil for this build to appeal to the ever-growing community of Royal Enfield enthusiasts.

Although the newest of custom build names, Neev Motorcycles founded by Navneet Suri treated us with a beautiful custom-built bobber in black and gold highlights. Named Divine, the build took about four months. Riding on 16-inch ‘balloon tyres’ with an extended swingarm, the bobber rides low and has neatly engraved bronze embellishments on swingarm bobbins, tank caps, side boxes and a rad-looking sissy bar. The tank displays fine craftsmanship with a wave-like surfacing and hand-stitched leather seat with bronze studs.

Last but not least: Royal Enfield showcased the urban tracker-themed motorcycle in Bengaluru. Built by MS Customs and based in Mizoram, it is a one-man show established by Mr Lalmalsawma (MSa) in 2008. Although affected by the scarcity of raw materials, and lack of immediate availability of cutting-edge tools for the very isolated nature of Mizoram from the mainland, MSa has built some of the finest motorcycles in these two decades. The Urban Tracker carries a 1960-inspired headlight dome, custom tank and swingarm, wheels and tyres. The tan-coloured handcrafted twin seats have added to its personalisation.

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