Royal Enfield (RE) motorcycles have to be the preferred choice of many custom bike builders. Thanks to their retro design and simple construction, the REs offer a good base for cruiser or bobber projects. The tastefully modified Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 you see below is yet another showcase of the possibilities that a RE offers to motorcycle customizers.
This modified Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 comes from Bulleteer Custom. Dubbed as the ‘Spartan’, this motorcycle does offer a lot of retro touches and a design that is highly reminiscent of the flashy bobbers of the yore. This motorcycle gets its name from the fact that the customizers have removed most of the unnecessary bodywork. The stock fuel tank and fenders have been replaced with custom-built ones. The motorcycle also gets a chrome-plated toolbox. The new fenders are smaller and look neater. The dual-seat arrangement has been replaced with a single-seat setup. Moreover, the new seat is a rather minimalistic leather unit. The original high-set handlebar has been replaced with a new one that is wider and flatter. Also, there’s a new LED headlamp and a shorter, stubbier exhaust. The headlight housing, fuel tank, and fenders have been painted in a shade of red. The engine and the toolbox get a chrome finish.
Other than a conical air-filter and a performance exhaust, there is no other change in the engine. Powering the modified Thunderbird is the same 346cc, single-cylinder engine that powers the regular motorcycle. The powerplant 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 manual transmission. The front-end of the Spartan gets a set of custom telescopic forks while the rear gets a twin gas-charged shock absorber arrangement. The brakes have been carried over from the factory-spec motorcycle. The front wheel gets a 280 mm disc brake while the rear gets a 240 mm unit. There’s no ABS. Also, the spoke wheels on the Spartan are smaller than the ones on the regular motorcycle. Also, they have been shod with meatier rubber.