“This man is the real #Transformer. Look what a brilliant job he’s done with my mo’bike! Thank you Akshay @vardenchi – for putting the #Dhoom back in #VroomVroom. Love it @vardenchi @mr.vardenchi” Is actor Suniel Shetty’s latest post on his Instagram account, with a montage of him checking his customized Royal Enfield Machismo 500. In this video, he admires the style, design and ride quality of the custom motorcycle. He also emphasizes that it looks international, but is truly Indian.
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The ‘Vintage’ as Vardenchi has christened it, is built on an unmodified chassis of the now-discontinued motorcycle, to conform with rules of the RTO. It has been designed like a classic bobber, with high and wide handlebars and a low single seat. Upfront, there is a round LED headlight, and the front cowl is finished in matte black.
The tank is matte grey and has an apparent leather strip running down the centre. The seat s covered in black leather and seems to be suspended on cosmetic springs. Lower down, the engine is finished in black, and footpegs are machined aluminium. A low-slung exhaust covered in heat wrap stands out against the blacked-out engine and chassis. The rear fender is short to complete the Bobber appeal. Tyres have white walls and look quite classic.
As for the custom paint scheme, much effort seems to have been put into adding personal touches with the actor’s name on the airbox cover. The fuel tank also has ‘Anna’ written on it, which is what members of the Indian Film Industry call him lovingly.
Vardenchi also customised a helmet for the actor
Not only was Suniel Shetty given a customized helmet by Vardenchi, but also with ‘Anna’ on the back, he was also given a riding jacket by the customization company.
Vardenchi is known for having customized motorcycles for celebrities and showcases at various events such as the Indian AutoExpo, Royal Enfield Ridermania and the Sunburn Music Festival. Over the years, they’ve also created some unique customizations like the Skeletor, which actor Jackie Shroff owns. They also make various parts and ready-to-install kits that drastically change the look of motorcycles.
Suniel Shetty and Vardenchi have had a history of working closely together, since the time the customization company opened the doors to its first motorcycle lifestyle brand showroom. They do not only sell kits and upgraded parts for Royal Enfield motorcycles, but they also make special apparel such as helmets, jackets, and riding boots.