Royal Enfield showcases custom builds at Wheels & Waves 2019

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Royal Enfield is at the eighth edition of the Wheels and Waves held at Biarritz, France. The festival gathers custom motorcycles, skateboarders, surfers and it goes on with music and visual arts. This year’s theme is called ‘back to roots’ and the Royal Enfield brand absolutely summarises with this theme.

Royal Enfield motorcycles have participated in the event with custom motorcycles that were presented in different design languages and Royal Enfield has unveiled the all-new BAAK Motocyclette build, ‘Nought Tea GT’ in collaboration with Harris Performance, ‘Mjr. Roach’, Two Smoking Barrels in collaboration with Sinroja motorcycles and Midas Royale from Rough Crafts. The customised Royal Enfield motorcycles use the Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650, Continental GT 650 and the Himalayan as the base motorcycle.

  • BAAK Motocyclette – The motorcycle uses the Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650 as the base and the Motorcyclette gets a ‘bathtub’ style rear fender concept, a wide handlebar with retro switchgear, a single white dial speedometer, a chopped off front fender and more.
  • Nought Tea GT – The Nought Tea GT is based on the Continental GT 650 and gets a streamlined front fairing with a single headlight on the front, red and grey custom graphics, Ohlins suspension and parts from Harris performance which collaborated with the brand to develop the motorcycle.
  • Two Smoking Barrels X Sinroja for the Sultans of Spirit – Drag racer built in collaboration with Sinroja Motorcycles. The drag racer has been lightened as much as possible instead of adding more power to it. The bike is a stripped down version built on the Continental GT which tips the scales at only 150 kg.
  • Mjr. Roach – Based on the Royal Enfield Himalayan, the motorcycle looks like it came right out of a Mad Max movie set and was designed to survive the apocalypse. The bike gets upside down front fork, quad projector headlamps, an extended single-sided aluminium swingarm, a spoked front wheel and an alloy wheel on the rear. The Roach under its exoskeleton gets a Garret turbocharger.
  • Midas Royale – Based on the Continental GT 650 the Midas Royale from Rough Crafts have stripped the Royal Enfield Continental GT and added performance parts like a carbon body by Simon Fiber Craft, Ohlins suspension, custom made chassis parts, Ohlins FGRT213 blacked out front end suspension with CNC Racing Triple Clamps, custom made HPM Racing swingarm, SC Project Conic 70’s tailpipe with headers by Banai Racing, BERINGER calliper & discs among other parts and features.
  • Malle Rally Royale – Specifically designed for completing the Great Malle Rally in 2019, the rally motorcycles were built to go long distance and are based on the Continental GT 650. The motorcycles get a custom Harris performance chassis, long travel suspension, PIAA rally headlights, raised fenders, short flyscreen, custom bashplate, custom decals and graphics, off-road spec tyres and a host of other features.  

The Royal Enfield Twins employ a 648 cc air/oil cooled, 4-valve/cylinder parallel-twin, SOHC engine with twin throttle bodies and a Bosch fuel-injection and engine management system that produces 47 BHP of power @ 7250 RPM and 52 Nm of torque @ 5250 RPM mated to a 6-speed gearbox with a slipper assist clutch

The Himalayan is powered by a 411cc Single cylinder, 4-stroke, air-cooled, SOHC, fuel injected motor that produces 24.5 BHP of power @ 6500 RPM and 32 Nm of torque @ 4250 – 4500 RPM coupled to a 5-speed gearbox.