Royal Enfield motorcycles are one of the most modified motorcycles in our country. This is because of their extremely versatile platform. Because of the BS6 emission norms and not so good sales, Royal Enfield discontinued their 500 cc motorcycles. The 500 cc motorcycles were known for their immense torque output. Here, is a Classic 500 that has been modified to look like a chopper and it has the fattest rear tyre that has ever been fitted to any motorcycle in India.
The video is uploaded on YouTube by Vampvideo. The host gives us a walkaround of the video and explains all the modifications that have been done on the motorcycle. Yes, these modifications would have hampered the fuel efficiency and the handling of the motorcycle in a negative way. But the motorcycle does stand out from the crowd and that is the main reason for making such a motorcycle. The modification cost can be between Rs. 2.5 lakhs to Rs. 3.5 lakhs as per the video.
The biggest change that anyone would notice is the fat rear tyre. It measures a massive 300 mm in width. The motorcycle is also running on a custom made alloy wheels. The modification shop has also given a new front suspension to the motorcycle. The headlamp is now an LED projector unit and is sourced from after-market. The instrument cluster is also new and to keep the retro charm, it is a circular analogue unit.
All the body panels on the motorcycle are custom made. They also had to make a new fuel tank to suit the chopper look. Changes have also been made to the handlebar. So, it is now wider to provide more leverage to the rider. The seat is also new. It gets better cushioning and is scooped out. However, the rear passenger seat does not look comfortable. Also, the number plate is now mounted on the left side vertically.
The engine is still a 500 cc unit. It produces 27 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 40 Nm. It comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox. At first glance, it might look like there are two engines. What the modification shop has done is that they have added a second engine casing so it mimics a look of a twin-engine setup. They have retained the kick starter because 500 cc engines are known to have some reliability issues.
The modification shop has added twin exhausts to it. However, the exhaust gases from the engine enter only in one exhaust and then both the exhausts are connected. The exhaust does sound decent but might cause fatigue to the rider if he is riding for multiple hours. The seating triangle is now very relaxed and the rider should not feel uncomfortable while riding the motorcycle. The footpegs are also custom made by the shop.
Modifications are not legal
It is important to note that Motor Vehicles Act does not allow modifications to the vehicle. The RTO can seize the vehicles or order the owner to revert back the changes. Such modified vehicles can only be used on private properties such as race tracks.