Custom motorcycles have come a long way and have always been popular for a long time now. Royal Enfields have always been synonymous with custom motorcycles, and the latest one is 'Maverick', built by Pune based Dochaki Designs.
Maverick is based on a Royal Enfield Classic 350. The owner approached the bike builders and was confused, not sure what kind of bike he is looking for.
On discussing, it was revealed that the customer wanted a classic looking motorcycle, loved travelling, and was also a big fan of Top Gun, the movie. So after the discussion, Dochaki Designs decided to build a Scrambler, which can go anywhere.
Once that was finalized, guys at Dochaki Designs went for bigger, knobbier tyres, keeping the spoked rims, as they were perfect for a scrambler. The length and width of the swing arm was altered to accommodate bigger tyres, along with brake linkages, chains, and other bits.
The chassis underwent a lot of changes to give the motorcycle the needed ground clearance, along with new mounts for the rear shocks. Ease of riding the motorcycle in a city was also kept in mind, when designing the seat and handlebar.
After the chassis related work was done, design for the petrol tank began. The new tank is almost 20 percent bigger than a stock tank, which means it can hold more fuel. Also, the sides of the tank was designed keeping in mind the necessity to stand on the pegs when off-roading, and offer maximum support.
Once tank was done after careful hard work, the mudguards were next, to allow tyre travel. The front mudguard sits on classic styled mounts that can be removed easily while off-roading.
Hidden beneath the side panels are the motorcycle's battery, electricals, and a free flow air filter, to help the motorcycle breath better. The seat too, finished in black artificial leather, has been designed to offer the best comfort, while maintaining the overall design of the Maverick.
The Paint job was the most difficult job, according to the builder.They were very confused what to do even though they were sure about a blue shade.After a quick brainstorming session and loads of discussion, they decided to go with inclined vertical lines from one end to the other, inspired by the movie Top Gun itself.
Once finalized, work started. Three different colours were applied, layer by layer, and a lot of masking and taping was involved to reach the final output.
The entire build of the Maverick took little more than two months to finish. At the end of the day, the client is happy, along with the entire team at Dochaki Designs.