Most of you would know that we have been fairly regular with featuring modified Royal Enfield motorcycles that, more often than not, look much more attractive than their regular counterparts. While Royal Enfield motorcycles seem to be a hot favorite amongst Indian bike customizers, it looks like they have even started catching the fancy of bike customizers abroad. The modified Royal Enfield Continental GT you see below has gone under the scalpel of Chicago-based Federal Moto, who seem to have worked wonders on the cafe racer.
Dubbed as the ‘Grand Trunk Express’, this custom motorcycle is based on a 2014 Royal Enfield Continental GT. The skilled team at Federal Moto is said to have taken only a month to ideate, research, and build this stunning motorcycle. The Grand Trunk Express is basically a modern interpretation of the original cafe racer design of the Continental GT. The original engine, swingarm, and frame have been retained but almost every other bit is new. There’s a vintage-style headlamp upfront, which carries LED fixtures. The original fender has been replaced with a black-painted unit. There’s also a new fuel tank, which comes from the mid-70s Honda CB360. The 535cc engine gets a satin black finish along with hand-brush aluminum finish. There’s also a new subframe and a new saddle with full-grain leather upholstery.
The original Paioli gas-charged twin shocks have been replaced with a monoshock sourced from a Triumph Street Triple. The electronic fuel injection system of the Continental GT has been replaced with a performance-tuned carburetor. The stock exhaust system has been replaced with a straight pipe wrapped in a black-color insulation material. There’s also a small stainless steel heat shield. The original brakes have been retained. Also, the wheels have been powder coated in black and shod with Metzeler Lasertec rubber. The twin-pod instrument console has been replaced with a single unit. The paint scheme of this modified Royal Enfield Continental GT pays homage to the ‘Grand Trunk Express’ – one of the oldest and longest railway lines in India.