Sunday, January 31, 2010

Bombay Blues: 1969 Royal Enfield Bullet 350 café racer


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That number 69 has nothing to do with Joshua being a fan of Nicky Hayden. No, the number refers to a certain position that the man prefers...

The very cool Royal Enfield Bullet 350-based café racer you see here has been put together by Joshua, who’s based in Bombay, India. Twenty-six year old Joshua lives an interesting life – he likes flying, has a commercial pilot’s license and he’s worked with various car and motorcycle magazines in India. He’s an ardent motorcycle enthusiast, owns and rides various motorcycles and since he’s also very handy with tools, he tweaks, tunes and maintains all his bikes himself.

For building this café racer, Joshua used his father’s 1969-model Royal Enfield Bullet 350. ‘It's about time people say f*** fenders, fairing and fat tyres and ask for more. I decided to build something that was simple yet made a statement and was a little out of the box,’ he says.

‘I've started to get obsessed with flat trackers. They can get pretty trick and make you look super cool when you stick your leg out and go sideways. As for my favourite motorcycle of all time, I can't really put my finger on it. A lot of racing strokers from the 60s and 70s are right up there but if it's a more modern motorcycle, I'd have to say Deus Ex Machina's Triumph Thruxton would definitely be on top,’ says Joshua, providing a hint at what his next project bike might be…

For those want to convert their RE Bullet into something that looks exactly like Josh’s café racer, the man is now offering a kit that includes lightweight GRP body parts (tank and seat cowl with integrated seat), adjustable Clubman type handlebar, spring loaded rearset with brake and gear linkages, LED parking lamp integrated in the headlamp dome, LED taillamp, GoldStar replica exhaust, fork brace, front fender and race plates. For pricing and other details, write to Joshua on joshuacrasto@gmail.com




10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not bad at all :) Although I would have gone with a rear end line more sympathetic to the tanks lines. Otherwise, I'm a fan!

Bob T said...

Looks kinda cool though with a 350 single, it has to be down on power. Bolt on a supercharger, maybe? ;)

Jamal said...

I like old Brit bikes and this one seems to be nicely done, though a few rough edges remain. That number board - the '69' looks like it has been painted on by a 5th grade school kid. A bit more finesse and this bike will ROCK!

Prakash Singh said...

My father has an old 1970s Jawa 250 that I'd love to customise, but Dad wouldn't let me touch the damn thing. The bike hasn't been in use for the last 2 - 3 years and is rusting away. My father does talk about getting it restored someday, but knowing him, it's not gonna happen... :-((

Anonymous said...

Very cool indeed, though I would have chosen a Bullet 500 for this special. A few more horses can't possibly hurt. Also, a disc brake set-up at the front would be an absolute must...

Pernacca said...

For Prakash Singh:

My brother in Bangalore has restored his 1964 Jawa 250 which was in a terrible condition. With lots of love and elbow grease he has turned back the years and the bike looks beautiful, maybe you should show a photo to your Dad! My email : sudhamc21@gmail.com

Send me your address and I can email a photo of the Jawa.

Pernacca

Anonymous said...

Awesome bike. I question the riders stability though!

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chinoy said...

Hey Josh.
Nice work man.
Id like to try one of those handle bars on my bullet. Give me a call
Ron Chinoy

Anonymous said...

Gents, it needs a front brake. Certainly, a twin leading shoe front. Don`t know if the big end will stand top end tuning. Be nice if it could. Up the final drive, heavier clutch, stiffer suspension.
Mmm! sounds good.

Anonymous said...

If any one want a bullet 350 of any model then call Arun 09457951191

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