Based on the Continental GT and the Himalayan, expressions are at a new high.

The world’s oldest motorcycle manufacturer in continuous production, Royal Enfield, has been the spoilt choice for many custom bikers and builders around the globe. They are mental and they are a gold find for its simplistic construction and the liberty for customisation. You can chop it up and put them together to carry a whole new charm.

With the soul of ’go anywhere, do anything’ taking up a new meaning every time it goes under the axe, it is in for a modern makeover this time around. Celebrating the spirit of motorcycle culture, Royal Enfield has roped in Sinroja Motorcycles from U.K. to showcase two of their builds at the Wheels and Waves 2017 festival. These bespoke builds are the souped-up version of the Continental GT and the Himalayan, and they call them ‘The Surf Racer’ and ‘The Gentleman Brat’.

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Inspired by motorcycling, the Wheels and Waves Festival is Europe’s landmark surfing and motorcycling event that transcends motorcycling from just riding to a culture of music, arts, customs, fun, surfing and expression on the shores of Biarritz, France. The festival has become a holy ground for bridging artists and mechanics alike to create bespoke motorcycles that theme along with the world of skate and surf.

With Royal Enfield having showcased their first company-built custom motorcycles, the Dirty Duck and the Mo Powa at the 2016 edition, they have become a patron of this cultural movement. And for this year’s edition, the Chennai-based brand represented two new expressions of the festival with the chaps at Sinroja Motorcycles based out of Leicester in the UK. ‘The Surf Racer’ and ‘The Gentleman Brat’.

The Surf Racer

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Who doesn’t love the swoopy lines and the curvy silhouette of the Continental GT? Taking the best dressed Enfield and giving it a complete makeover needed a lot of imagination, and luckily, the folks at Sinroja boasts of a few. You just know that when you see this Surf Racer, a piece of art that captures the surfing philosophy of the festival in a shade of dark grey and blue inserts.

Started as a stripped up GT, Sinroja wanted it to keep it to the bare essentials honouring the true essence of a cafe racer - ultimate super light retro racing experience. Giving it a little more of those curves is a floating half fairing at the front that features a windscreen and it extends as far down as the sides of the cylinder block. This alone covers the retro appeal of the motorcycle because what comes next is nothing less than a sci-fi fantasy.

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Just have a look at that rear, and you’ll know what I mean. The intent of the “jet” style tail exhaust is all for making you drool with some hankering lust. Beautifully sculpted rear panel accentuates the curves flowing in from the front fairings and finishes off with a single pot exhaust unit housed in a brushed aluminium cone. The proportions are spot on and it just looks fab!

The handlebar unit is totally new and it replaces the slip-on with the attached unit within which is housed a single pot analogue instrument panel. Use of premium materials, attention to details and the level of fit and finish is top class handiwork achieved by Sinroja. Simple yet bold paint job and that blue stitched saddle express a stylish and artistic approach to the racing heritage of both land and sea. Below all of this is an all-black treatment given to the frame, engine, alloys, footpegs and the USD forks which compliments the bodywork.

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The motor on this Surf Racer is basically the same single-cylinder, air-cooled, 535cc Royal Enfield engine but is tuned with higher lift cam, inlet manifold and machined piston barrels offering higher compression. A Dellorto carb conversion kit gets the air sucked into the powerplant to make at least 32 bhp of peak power and 45 Nm of peak torque. With this, we have no doubt that it will easily hit the 155 kph mark at top speed.

What is also completely changed are the tyres and the suspension and braking units. 17” performance rims on black alloys, upside down forks and an under engine rear shock converts the Conti’s brisk Café ride into a ‘speeding bullet’ for the Surf Racer. The brake rotors too are updated with petal disc and bigger callipers to help heave this machine to a stop.

“The perfect machine for racing the sunset.”

The Gentleman Brat

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If the Surf Racer was all about performance and looks, this bad boy is for those who deal with having a different idea about life itself. They say you know the man if you know what motorcycle he rides. And this one is all about fun. ‘Gentleman’ is only in the name.

This Brat concept started its life as the Royal Enfield’s not-so-extreme adventure tourer, the Himalayan. Stripped off to bare bones, only the tank and the engine kept their place. The highlight being the cream over grey paint scheme, it kind of plays with your perspective of a motorcycle, thanks to the 16” white rims coupled to the whitewall tyres. It loses out on the fenders, guards, windscreen and the two-up saddle. What it gets rather, is a retro round headlamp out front, beefy tyres and a simple yet elegant aluminium exhaust manifold.

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The single seat saddle in leather with blue stitching accents is more than enough for you to place your behind and to sit upright with the high handlebar setup. The cut-off half-duplex split cradle frame at the rear exposes the entire make of the tastefully machined aluminium exhaust pipe. It just calms your soul to look at it, but at the back of your head, you cannot wait to hear the explosive soundtrack of the LS410 motor coming out of this baby.

It’s got the looks of a motorcycle parked up in front of a classy beachside restaurant. But don’t let that fool you, for this can also run places others barely can. The engine, which has been christened as LS410, is a stroked out version of the 350cc engine of the Classic or Thunderbird – this four stroke, single cylinder, air-cooled, 411cc FI engine can churn out a maximum power output of 25 bhp and a maximum torque output of 32 Nm through the 5-speed transmission.

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The Himalayan already poses a whole new image of Royal Enfield with its dynamics and suspension setup. The Brat, however, gets an upgraded suspension setup to add more capability and it carries the same 300mm front disc brake and a 240mm rear disc brake units as the Himalayan.

The “spirit of going anywhere” wears a fine new dress. And it forces you to get decked up just ride it around the coast to eventually find yourself.


Sagar Patil
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