When the thump becomes your heartbeat then-No one can stop you from riding. The customised bikes in India
It has been centuries People with artistic instincts have used mediums to unleash their intuitions; the magic moment of Eureka where the vision takes a physical shape. The thumping sound has alluded generations. Custom motorcycles are distinct motorcycles which are sculpted and molded from the original mass produced machines. The first customised bikes started to appear in the early 1950’s. Often motorcycles have been associated with style and glamour; it is a symbol of rebellion, freedom, and protest. Custom bikes have been part of a lifestyle statement. Customised Bikes in India have been a unique piece of art for motorcycle lovers. Although motorcyclists use to modify the looks of their machines
Rajputana Custom’s V-twin “Jordaar”
With the Indian motorcycle industry expanding at a massive rate, the focus is slowly shifting from the manufactures to Customised Bikes builders and modifiers across the country. Modifying you’re used to meaning changing the paint job or getting projector headlamps, but the various customization houses are showing us that it can be so much more. From changing the entire structure and look of existing bike models to building completely new ones from scratch, these designers are rewriting the rules of how bikes should look. Here are some of the Customised Bikes builders in India currently.
#1. Rajputana Custom Motorcycles
Rajputana Customs is a small motorcycle outfit based in Jaipur. IT was started by Vijay Singh in 2009 when he decided to build a custom-made bike around the 350cc engine of a Royal Enfield Classic. The bike, which was named Original Gangster, received rave reviews at the 2010 Delhi Auto Expo. After that, a mutual friend of Vijay Introduced him to John Abraham, one of the charming and popular superstars of Bollywood, who already owned a stock Yamaha R1, V-Max, and a Suzuki Hayabusa and was looking for his first custom build.
The actor/producer commissioned a board track racer- a lightweight, narrow-framed motorcycle with dropped handlebars, stretched low-set frames and narrow wheels which Vijay nicknamed Lightfoot. After that, the orders started pouring in. The names of the individual custom model are quite interesting like Nandi, Bitto, Aghori, Rakhdi, Jordaar, 8 balls etc. Each name has its own story behind it. “I schooled myself on bike engineering by watching Youtube videos. For aesthetic inspiration, I turned to Californian builder Jesse Rooke’s cruisers. I sourced a few of the components locally and built those I couldn’t find off the shelf”, he said. Rajputana Customs has gone from strength to strength and established itself as one of the most reputed builders in India.
John Abraham with his new Custom build “Lightfoot”
#2.Old Delhi Motorcycles
Bobbee Singh, a restoration specialist, is the founder of Old Delhi Motorcycles. Over the last 15 years, the 41-year-old cultivated a network of “informants” who tip him off about Vintage Royal Enfields that are up for sale. He snags them, restores them and then sells the motorcycles to customers around the world. Singh prefers Nortons, BSAs, Triumphs and Royal Enfields. I have grown up on stories which romanticized these motorcycles- stories about British officers meticulously polishing their Triumphs after Sunday Mass within the cantonments, of riding them to events like the Jabalpur Ball.
These motorcycles were designed for India. An 18-minute long documentary movie, named “Old Delhi Motorcycles” starring Bobbee Singh was showcased at New York’s Motorcycle Film Festival and has already racked up over 250,000 views on YouTube. In that video, he speaks of his love for restoring bikes and introduces some of the mechanics and component specialists he works with. Old Delhi Motorcycle Customs is all about restoring the vintage look and feel of the bikes more than the technical aspects.
Boobee Singh with his Customised RE
What started off as a small backyard project in 2005 has now developed into a small business. In their own words, they are driven by “an insatiable urge to make their things better, be it design aesthetics, handling or just plain appeal, we are always pushing the envelope of design and performance.” The Gunner 540 by Bulleteer Customs, which looks absolutely brilliant, won the prestigious “Best Custom Bike” in the year’s Royal Enfield Mania.
Bulleteer’s Customised Bike
TJ with his Custom Bike- Iron 883 “Nadia”
It’s founder, Tushar Jaitley can be termed as an actual gearhead because he decided to custom build bikes instead of cars. According to him, bikes are the smaller canvas to start with. The 24-year-old custom builder’s first project was his own Harley Davidson Iron 883 which he named Nadia. The bike was widely applauded at India Bike Week and let too much more builds from him. Jaitly’s customization style is minimalistic in nature. He crafts various required components himself for customization while procuring others from bike component firms.
Akshai Vardhe, the man behind Vardenchi Motorcycles is currently B-town’s favorite custom builder. His first custom bike was a 1977 Royal Enfield which he made as a personal project. Ash Chandler, who is an actor and comedian residing in Mumbai, spotted Vardhe riding the bike and was so fascinated by it that he asked Vardhe to make one for him. That’s how Vardenchi was born and actors like Akshay Kumar, Jackie Shroff and Sameera Reddy (who married Vardhe) are all on its customer list. Vardenchi consists 32 crew members. They are furnished with neo-retro: classic styling with modern engineering. As Vardhe is a material specialist, he uses everything from brass and aluminum to carbon fiber to design components like fenders and panels. Vardenchi Motorcycles is planning to open new exclusive showrooms soon.
#6.Road Rage Custom Builds
Road Rage Custom was started in 2009 by Gabriel D Zuzarte and is based in Mumbai. They started with modifying motorcycles to look like classic American Choppers built especially for the Indian road. Soon after that, they expanded to modifying cars, SUVs, and RVs as well. In this year’s Rider Mania, the Squadron by Road Rage Customs won the most popular custom bike award.
#7.PanjLoh Hand Made Motorcycles
PanjLoh’s Customised Bikes
These custom builders are based out of Bathinda in Punjab and they make choppers, bobbers and café racer bikes. Their war and steampunk themed Royal Enfield called Bulletproof is a brilliant mode. They showed the way that how an RE could be modified at its best. This gang from Bhatinda are the runner’s up of the “Best Motorcycle Designers in India” in the 2015 Royal Enfield Rider Mania.
#8.Young Kid Custom’s
Young Kid customs is based on our capital Delhi. Melvin Shegal, the founder of Young kid Custom is the youngest custom bike builder of India. He started his project with an 82 model Yezdi. The custom bike was appreciated by many people and he goes viral on YouTube.Cheers to the Young Gun who fulfilled his father’s dream.
Article By:- Satyabrata Behera
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