Not just exclusivity, the custom/modified bikes ensure that you get what you want, given that they are almost bespoke. We look at a couple of examples from India, which aren’t just different for the sake of it.
Weekend Warrior by IRONic
Made by Hyderabad’s IRONic Engineering, the custom Yamaha RX100-based café racer or the Weekend Warrior, as the custom bike-maker calls it, follows the less is more philosophy quite well. Devoid of most panels, the bike has a slightly shortened chassis. A custom-made seat and exhaust, forward-bent handlebar, and a mean-looking front cowl complete the design.
Baby Blue by IRONic
Another RX100 custom by IRONic, the Baby Blue has Yamaha’s Speed Block livery. While that ups its beauty quotient by a couple of notches, the bike is clearly more off-road-oriented. It gets a raised suspension up front, custom-made swingarm and monoshock at the rear, wide handlebar, and custom-made footpegs. The bike also boasts an expansion chamber with a new exhaust unit, a smallish pannier bag, and an off-set, vertically-positioned rectangular headlamp. And if none of that has caught your attention, the phone mount, wisely positioned in place of the meter console, is a thing of beauty.
Yamaha RXZ dirt bike
The Yamaha RXZ is a rare bike, and while maybe not as rare as a Shogun or RD but it’s not as easily available, either. Indore-based Dirt Machine (nice name, that) has made a dirt bike based on the two-stroke legend. Custom panels, elongated swingarm, under-seat exhaust, and a quick throttle are some of the additions to this bike. Dirt-bike tyres, disc brakes on both the wheels, a monoshock at the rear and elongated suspension up front serve the purpose, while the presence of registration plate and lights should help it staying road-legal.
Motoexotica’s Duke 390 Enduro
Does KTM India have a 390 Enduro in its line-up? No. Do they need one? Maybe, but as long as Motoexotica can make something like this, why would you care! The bike has been extensively modified to take on the rough terrain, comes with naked carbon fibre on it, and to top it all, it has the purpose-built look, too.
Tony535 by inline3
The way the R15 rides in and out of corners is amazing, but if only it had a bigger engine… Well that’s what the Inline3’s latest creation is, and a bit more. Made in a little more than thirty days, the bike made it to this year’s IBW – the annual biker-fest in Goa. The naked Deltabox frame, elongated rear, the inclusion of a 535 cc RE UCE unit, and simple styling make it the best of the lot. Or as good as the Enduro above, maybe!