Royal Enfield is riding on a high. Almost bankrupt a decade ago, the motorcycle maker has almost quadrupled sales over the last three years. The unit construction engine, which made its debut on the Thunderbird 350, has been key to Royal Enfield’s turnaround. Even as the brand enjoys growing sales, converts have come even from the celebrity universe. From cricketers to movie stars, the Royal Enfield brand is back and how. Today, we take a look at some of celebrities who ride Royal Enfields – retro modern motorcycles for the world.
Malayalam superstar Mohanlal is now the owner of a spanking new Royal Enfield Classic Chrome 500. Meanwhile, the Bullet 350 is very big in Kerala, which along with Punjab is one of the largest markets for the retro motorcycle brand. In fact, Royal Enfield had to ship out heavy crank, cast iron engined Std 350s to markets such as Kerala and Punjab after buyers there rejected the lighter crank versions.
John Abraham is one of Bollywood’s foremost motorcycle enthusiasts. Apart from his Yamahas, the man also has a Royal Enfield. The big difference here is that the actor’s Royal Enfield is a custom board tracker build from Rajputana Customs.
Gul Panag is one of the few women celebrities who rides motorcycles actively. The woman has been spotted multiple times riding her cast iron engined Royal Enfield Electra 350 on Bombay roads. And she’s gone on record to say that she prefers the steady thump of the cast iron engined Royal Enfields to the hollower exhaust note of the UCEs.
Varun Dhawan is one of Bollywood’s more recent ceonverts to the Royal Enfield brand. the man rides a 500cc unit construction engined Royal Enfield that’s custom painted in green.
Aditya Roy Kapoor
Actor Aditya Roy Kapoor has more than one Royal Enfield, and both his bikes are pre-unit construction engined ones. On some occassions, the actor has been spotted riding a Royal Enfield cast iron 500 in black, and on others, he’s been seen astride the AVL engined Machismo 500 LB.
Actor Jackie Shroff takes the cake when it comes to the wildest Royal Enfield ever owned by a celebrity. The man commissioned Varenchi Customs’ Akshai Varde to build him a custom bike based on a Bullet. Dubbed the Skeletor, this Royal Enfield custom is one bike that Nicholas Cage wouldn’t mind for his next Ghost Rider franchise.
South African cricketer turned fielding coach for the Mumbai Indians IPL team, Jonty Rhodes, is in love with India, so much so that the man named his daughter after the country. His India connection goes further for he rides a Royal Enfield Classic 500, which perhaps is the finest retro rides that the country has to offer.
American talk show host Jay Leno is a massive car and motorcycle nut. Among the big bunch of two and four wheeled exotics that adorn the Leno garage, the Royal Enfield Classic Chrome 500 is one more exotic. And Jay Leno actually rides his Royal Enfield around.
American song writing legend Billy Joel loves motorcycles, often making them a part of his music tours. Apart from Harley Davidsons, Billy Joel also has his distinctive Royal Enfields.
When he’s off the grease paint, Brad Pitt goes back to his motorcycles. This motorcycle nut has been spotted riding an old school Royal Enfield Bullet 350, rounding off the long list of celebrities who favour this two wheeled British-Indian legend.