Bulleteer Customs, a popular motorcycle customiser that specializes in doing up Royal Enfield motorcycles, have impressed us time and again with its creativity and top-notch craftsmanship. Their latest creation is called the ‘Graphite’ and is based on the Thunderbird 350. This modified Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 looks really very cool and is easily among the better RE-based mods we have seen in recent times.
To start with, the customizer has taken off most of the original bodywork and has replaced it with custom parts. The original spoke wheels have been replaced with alloy wheels that are shod with wider tyres. The stock headlamp makes way for an LED unit while the twin-pod instrument console has been replaced with a single-pod custom unit. The handlebar is also new and is flatter and wider than the original unit. It also features bar-end indicators. The original indicators have been blackened and installed at the suspension mounting points. The front fender has been replaced with a sleeker unit.
The motorcycle, like many recent RE-based custom products, has a single-seat setup. The seat has been placed low and is ribbed. The rear-end features a chopped fender and a minimalistic LED tail lamp. The rear alloy wheel has been shod with meaty Pirelli Angel GT rubber (the front gets a fat Metzeler LaserTec tyre). The swingarm has been suitably widened to accommodate the wider tyre. There’s also a side-mount for the registration plate. While the cycle parts have been largely left untouched, the front telescopic forks feature gaiters for that decidedly cruiser-ish stance. Further enhancing the look of this motorcycle is the faux one-to-two exhaust system, which even has some insulation wrapped around the pipes for some added retro appeal. Actually, there’s just one real exhaust. The other one is a dummy to enhance the looks. The footpegs are in their original position but the key slot has been moved to the downtube from the handlebar clamp.
The engine has been left stock. The 346-cc, single-cylinder engine outputs a maximum power of 19.8 bhp at 5,250 rpm along with a peak torque of 28 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The motor comes mated to a five-speed unit.