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Thought of starting this thread to share pics of custom made bikes from the globe. First up is our very own Royal Enfield worked on to be made into a Beach Bobber

Motovida a Canada based custom motorcycle builder has made this based on a RE 500

This custom bike comes with a single seat and there are no tail lamps. The blue paint on the tank looks classy and the huge RE logo is very prominent. There are also custom stitched saddle bags on either side of the bike

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Holographic Hammer, a Paris based design firm has transformed the last identifiable atom of the KTM 390 Duke as we know it into awesomeness beyond compare. The pictures here would likely make you think of the Ducati Scramblers at first, but they actually are a theoretically doable mod-job on the rather ubiquitous naked Duke. Over and above the core modification, the designers have presented their idea in two different liveries / concepts.

The first variant, a dirt bike, is done in a bright orange and yellow with KTM emblazoned on the sides of the tank in blazing blue. The exhaust finds its way around the trellis frame to be positioned high-up and horizontally. It’s a little too high for practicality, though, and in the flesh, that heat shield will have to be mighty effective or the rider’s right loin would be left to roasted meat. Like the exhaust, the handlebar, too, goes high up for an upright riding position. The position of the rear-sets remains unchanged though.

The entire tail section has been transformed in favour of a retro-styled minimalistic fender. The step seat and grab rails are also shown the door for a classic, ribbed seat with a strap in the middle to hold on to, for whoever feels adventurous enough to ride pillion. Front fender has been pushed up for an off-road attitude and the headlamp has been replaced with a round unit with tinted yellow glass. Stock instrumentation gets replaced with a twin pod unit, with an analogue speedo and tacho. In true off-road fashion, the bike rides on spoke wheels shod with knobblies. There is also a perforated steel casing to protect the engine from the stones and muck hurled at it by those groovy tyres.

The second variant is a study in black, with the mildest hints of silver in places. The exhaust stays where it is on the stock bike, though the ribbed seats look even classier on this one. Headlamp, unlike the other version is integrated with the triple trees. This one’s a street bike by design, so the stock wheels and tyres are kept unaltered.

According to the creators, the concepts take their inspiration from the 70s. The effort is to imagine how a Duke 390 would look side by side with Bultaco, Montesa, etc.

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As the awesome new Ducati Scramber starts rolling into showrooms, many custom builders are rubbing their hands with excitement for a chance to customize the bike, destined to become a favorite donor bike for customisers as much as the Triumph Bonnveille, old BMW boxers and the Yamaha SR models. Ducati Thailand’s top engineers and mechanics have created a Dirt Tracker version showing the possibilities for personalization, it features chunky adventure-touring tires like the dirt bikes of the 70s, a hand-brushed tank, a front plate inspired by the number plate typical of a dirt track racing bike, a titanium Slip-on exhaust, and aluminum hand brushed spoke wheels.

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A rendering of a Tesla battery powered motorcycle.

Visually, the two-wheeler resembles the massive sport touring bikes of old, like the Münch Mammoth. Its heftiness comes from the electric motor and the ithium-ion batteries mounted as low as possible within the frame – respecting the Model S engineering philosophy. Just look at that air vent designed to channel air to the batteries to cool them down. The electric 150kW motor comes with four computer-controlled modes: Race, Cruise, Standard and Eco.

Where you would expect to find a fuel tank on a regular bike, this one has a water-tight storage space for a backpack, laptop, or any other things. The cool looking rims are meant to be constructed out of carbon fiber and the bike lacks a transmission because it’s electric.

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Motoexotica India is a motorcycle custom shop based out of Dehradun. Run by Arjun Raina, this custom shop has been building the best looking Yamaha RD350 customs of the country. Arjun Raina put together the Scrambler Eight 350, which like its name suggests is an RD350 with a Scrambler design. This motorcycle went on to win the best custom design award at India Bike Week 2015’s biker build off.

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Check out this customized Bajaj Pulsar. The O-Four is yet another cafe racer built around the Pulsar 150, but one that looks magnificent. Fit and finish levels of bikes built by Bombay Custom Works is of high order and this shows in the O-Four as well. The motorcycle features custom body work, lowered, clip on handlebars, a single seat and looks designed to take the Pulsar 150 a few decades back in time, when cafe racers were in vogue. And the pista green, matte finish paint job finishes off the job quite well.

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Here is a Duke 200 by Knight Auto CustomizersIt has a pearl green paint finish with a matte metallic grey wrap at strategic points of the motorcycle make it seem straight out of the Matrix. The headlamp gets blacked out while the tail lamp sees a black wrap. Carbon fiber wraps sit on the windscreen, around the headlight shroud and on the pillion’s grab rail to conclude the design.

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Some customized Royal Enfield bikes

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TNT Motorcycle of Delhi have fashioned out this hard tail bobber from a Royal Enfield Electra 350 UCE. This custom build uses a 45 degree raked front springer fork, adding big character to the overall design. custom frame, hard tail, 7 liter tank and other custom body work followed to spawn the Shunya, a motorcycle that measures just 31 inches at its highest point. A really low slung machine, the Shunya bobber custom has a ground clearance of just 89 mm.

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Hazan Motorworks of Brooklyn, New York, have come up with the Royal Enfield 500 Custom, a build whose sole purpose of existence is to show off the sheer craftsmanship involved. Motocross rider Max Hazan dreamed up this build after a motocross accident left him grounded for a few months.Built around a cast iron 500cc engine, a custom frame holds everything together. A wooden cowl at the rear is a prominent design detail and so is the sharp chromed tank up front. A springer suspension up front and exposed mechanical bits give this bike a quaint look and feel.

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The RE500 Cafe Racer custom from Rajputana Motorcycles is a clean, back to basics cafe racer, whose only purpose is to go fast, look good and stay minimal. Built around a 500cc unit construction engine, the RE500 Cafe Racer custom used upside down front forks and a monoshock rear.

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The Kaali by Rajputana Customs is an old school chopper build centered around the 500cc unit construction engine. Low, low and with impeccable attention to detail, the Kaali features a matte gray paint finish. Apart from the engine, virtually everything about the Kaali is custom built. The motorcycle features old school springer shock absorbers, spoked wheels with a tall front tyres and a short but massive rear tyre. Another key change on the bike is the custom frame that gives the impression of a backbone running across the entire motorcycle.

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The Yamaha RD350 is a cult motorcycle in India. Here are some awesome modified RDs

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Made with custom and parts from the Ninja 250, the RD350 is a modern take on biking but from the 70s. Updates include disk brakes on both wheels, a large expansion chamber with dual exhausts, rear-set foot pegs, a monoshock at the rear, etc. Everything from the new alloys to the extended wheelbase looks just right — maybe how a factory custom would have looked back in the day if Yamaha had made one. I’ll have one with the Speed Block livery please.

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More than the visual spectacle the Streak has to be featured because of it being nothing short of an engineering marvel. The lightweight frame, at 9.4 kilos, weighs less than half of that of the stock RD. Power is up by another 25 hp to 60 (from the stock 35 hp), owing to new engine components. And adding all of that up, the bike just weighs 110 kg.

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Analog Motorcycles’ tasteful RE-based Scrambler might have got the eyeballs recently but their custom RD350 is no less beautiful. While it uses a largely unchanged engine, the front forks are from a Ducati, the rear hub from a TZ250 race-bike, the upholstery is custom-made, and there are disc brakes on both wheels. It gets a hydraulic clutch, and in case you missed it, the dual-tone colour grabs attention like no other.

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Twinline Motorcycles is no stranger to custom RD350s, and the Goldhead is one good-looking creation. Simple design mated to an elegant gold livery is what the Goldhead is about. The custom cafe-racer runs on Bridgestone Battlax tyres, and boasts the rare DG cylinder head complete in gold — hence the name. Rear-set footpegs, a new swingarm, and an electronic ignition are a couple of other new additions on the bike.

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Check this Bajaj Pulsar fully modded to look like a Kawasaki Z1000. Must say its a job well done. 

The bike now gets is a new LED headlamp cluster, a trident logo between the headlamps, a new fuel tank,  a new instrument cluster, a new wind deflector, a carbon fiber wrap on the handle bar, new levers for the brake and the clutch as well. There is a newly designed rear end which now looks a lot more sportier and sharper. To finish off, he has also added a new seat and new LED tail lamps.The engine has been re-bored to make it displace 350 cc as opposed to the 200 cc which the original bike displaced. It also gets a GP1R Austin racing exhaust system. There is a new brake fluid reservoir that resembles the one on the Z1000, a new suspension setup and a larger rear tyre to give it the stanced look. 

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This is the first modified RE Himalayan around. Surely it looks far from the stock bike. According to the source its called a salt racer. It gets new body panels and lowered height. All the of the custom, streamlined body work is done in aluminium, and its not hard to imagine this thing ripping on the Bonneville salt flats, kicking up a cloud of saline dust. The front forks even have a custom stainless triple tree with gun metal studs built in, along with a pair clip-on handlebars with period grips. The extensive use of aluminium has also resulted in a weight loss of more than 20 kgs over stock. Here are pics

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