Royal Enfield reiterates the customisation prowess of its motorcycles at this year's Wheels & Waves festival.
Wheels & Waves is touted as one of Europe's most iconic motorcycling festivals, which is the go-to place when it comes to checking out some tricked-out custom-made motorcycles and classics as well. The 'Waves' part deals with the culture of freestyle & water sports like surfing, skateboarding along with a lot of music and art displays. This venue for the eighth edition of the festival was Biarritz, France and the theme chosen for this year was 'Back to Roots'.
Well, going by the theme, names like Royal Enfield come to mind which have a strong penchant for history & heritage when it comes to motorcycle designs. And this year's show-stoppers were definitely the six uber-cool custom builds presented by Royal Enfield, which feature the standard production models as their base. These custom motorcycles also took part in various riding events (such as the Punks Peak Rally & the Swank Rally) to prove their capable motors.
Here's a quick round-up of the six customs shown by Royal Enfield:
1) The BAAK Motocyclette custom (Based on the RE Interceptor INT 650)
Jointly built by Royal Enfield and BAAK Motocyclette, this reinterpretation of the Interceptor 650 harks back to the motorcycle designs of the past, with a 'bathtub' style rear fender and minimalist body graphics. The combination of the past & present is also reflected by the rather simple, single piece handlebar & the white background analogue speedometer with a small integrated LCD display.
2) Nought Tea GT (Based on the RE Continental GT 650)
The Nought Tea GT is a track thoroughbred developed in conjunction with Harris Performance (chassis specialist). Custom-made lightweight parts coupled with an Ohlins suspension makes the Nought Tea GT a serious track machine. Even the body graphics (denoting the flow of the air over the bike) reinstate its speed credentials.
3) Two Smoking Barrels by Sinroja for the Sultans of Sprint (Based on the RE Continental GT 650)
This nitrous-boosted drag racer has been built in collaboration with Sinroja Motorcycles. Instead of an altered engine, the 'Two Smoking Barrels' is all about weight shedding, the result of which is that it only weighs 150kg! The standard Continental GT 650, in comparison, weighs about 198kg.
4) MJR. Roach (Based on the RE Himalayan)
The MJR. Roach simply looks like a creation out of the 'Mad Max' collection of bonkers vehicles. Taking its inspiration from 'dystopian' video games, the MJR. Roach features a custom-built, single-sided, elongated swing arm, chunky off-road tyres and a Garret turbocharger.
5) Midas Royale (Based on the RE Continental GT 650)
The third and final custom built on the Continental GT 650 is an endurance racer from Rough Crafts. The 'Royale' theme is reinforced by the Rough Crafts' signature Black & Gold treatment, courtesy of an all-carbon body and rims. The weight-saving carbon-fibre body is complemented by components like Ohlins suspension and other custom-made performance parts.
6) Malle Rally Royale (Based on the RE Interceptor INT 650)
Built specifically to compete in the Great Malle Rally 2019 (which runs across the entire length of the United Kingdom), these two rally-spec customs feature long-travel suspension, custom-made Harris chassis components and some other rally-spec customisations (mesh-protected headlamps & an under-body engine guard) to make them the ultimate rally interceptors.