4 months ago Repost from @rajputanacustoms
When @royalenfield commissioned us to work on an official custom build, it was a matter of great pride & a sense of 'acceptance at last'. This was the first time we had a chance to build for an Indian manufacturer & it couldn't have been more exciting finding out that we were being given the new GT-650 which hadn't been released to the public at the time. The very fact that the company had kept this beautiful 650 twin a secret for years was unbelievable & then to see it live & ride it for the first time was an absolute privilege. Given the frame & geometry of the stock bike we thought it apt to build a cafe racer. We simply rebuilt the sub-frame along with a funky single sided swingarm and slightly dropped the trail numbers up front with Showa forks to give the bike an aggressive stance coupled with more agility & better front end feel. Next came a home-made exhaust, custom mild steel fairings, slick tyres, a dash of paint, & little bit of brass detailing. The bike looked good & we were glad to hear that Royal Enfield was happy with the end result so much so that they let us have crack at the Buddha International Circuit aboard our custom 650 'Vigilante'. This was the best part of the build as we were really able to put the bike through its paces on a state of the art F1 track. The slicks coupled with a mid-ranged SBK suspension setup proved to be unbelievably planted with tonnes of grip on offer when on the brakes entering a corner, carrying mid corner speed, or barreling out on the gas. We only got 3 hot laps of the track & even though this was a not a thoroughbred race setup, it proved to be insanely good fun. Being a partly aesthetic build it took some getting used to the narrow seat but we managed to scrape the heat wraps off our exhausts when leaning her into the corners.
Highlights of this build:
1. Single Sided Trellis Swing arm
2. Fully adjustable Suspension (Showa Front off a Ducati 848 EVO & Ohlins TTX GP rear shocker)
3. Custom front faring
4. Rear Sets
5. Widened Sub frame
6. Pop up gas cap
7. In tube taillight
8. Brass detailing (Bar ends, Frame caps etc)
9. Marchesini Rims
10. Pirelli slicks
11. Brembo Brakes
4 months ago Back in November 2018 we got together with @rajputanacustoms to build the first Indian #ContinentalGT650 Custom for #RiderMania and very soon we were infected with the idea of taking the #RoyalEnfieldCustom to the Formula One race track in Noida. A few weeks later we got the Continental GT 650 some new slick shoes and headed for nothing short than a tire shredding fun track day, the bellows of the #RoyalEnfieldTwins exhausts from the day still reverberating in our eardrums and at the grand stand.
The 'Vigilante' is a custom that underpins the Rajputana's build philosophy with gorgeous aesthetics, classic cafe racer lines and trademark hand crafted detailing while for the first time adding on performance enhancing refitment that accentuated the core DNA of the GT650 - cornering. No wonder before the day was over, the heat wraps on the GT's exhausts were torn apart from all the scrapping through the corners!
Watch as the Vigilante tears through the F1 track and watch this space for the build story coming soon. #RidePure#RoyalEnfieldTwins#PureMotorcycling#PickyourPlay
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