Royal Enfield Bullets turning into cruisers is almost natural but the same can’t be said of a Yamaha RD350 turning into a cruiser. This brings us to today’s story, of that of unusual bike transformations.
Royal Enfield Dirt Bike
Most people won’t really fancy taking the 180 Kg heavy Royal Enfield Classic 500 onto the dirt track. Ace Custom shop would, but with plenty of weight reduction, knobbly tyres, jacked up ground clearance and top drawer WP front suspension. Called the El Tractor, this motorcycle is built around the 500 cc unit construction engine. A scrambler exhaust, a smaller fuel tank and custom sub frame are some other changes on this motorcycle.
KTM Duke Scrambler
A street bike that can create mayhem in the wrong hand, the KTM Duke 200 and 390 are very fast machines. Kayne Wilson of Cafe Nomads has given the Duke 200 a different dimension, by building a Scrambler around this motorcycle. The Duke Scrambler is more minimal in terms of design. A handlebar that makes for a more relaxed riding position and on-off road tyres have been added to the motorcycle.
Bajaj Boxer Street Tracker
Remember the Bajaj Boxer 150, the bike that came and went in a flash? Well, bike buyers from India’s rural and semi-urban markets didn’t really opt for the Boxer 150 but buyers from other developing markets have ensured steady sales for Bajaj. The Boxer 150 has been modified into a street tracker, replete with a brat seat, a helmet case and a zany, dual tone paint job. Minimal yet attractive – that’s the story of this custom.
Hero Impulse Scrambler
The Hero Impulse is already an on-off road bike. So, why mess with it? This is a question you’ll need to ask Siddhant Shah of Element8, Surat, who’s built a Scrambler around the Hero Impulse. The bike is now more minimal, and lighter, and on hindsight seems like a good idea considering how underpowered the stock Impulse is. On bit that won’t survive the dirt trail though is the rear mudguard.
Mahindra Centuro Cafe Racer
Joshua Crasto of JC Moto was commissioned by Mahindra 2 Wheelers to build a cafe racer on the Centuro, a 110 cc commuter bike. While you won’t be winning traffic light GPs on this bike, it’s still a funky way to get around, and maybe a wee bit faster than the regular Centuro considering all the weight reduction.