Royal Enfield Classic 500 ‘Green Fly’ Custom Bike Unveiled

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Royal Enfield Spain commissioned Jesus de Juan to build a custom Royal Enfield Classic 500. The custom project called the Green Fly was based on the Mo'Powa and Dirty Duck custom motorcycles that were seen at the Wheels and Waves event in France in 2016.

The Royal Enfield Green Fly is based on the Classic 500 and uses the frame of the Continental GT. The Continental GT was used as it was easier to modify the upper tubes of the cafe racer. The ‘Green Fly' is the first official custom bike from Royal Enfield Spain.

Jesus de Juan acknowledged that it was a real challenge when Joaquín Cuñat, commercial director of Royal Enfield Spain, commissioned to perform a transformation on the bike which is manufactured in India.

Jesus was assigned the task of carrying out the customisation in a short span of time for the ‘Oldies but Goldies' meeting organised by ‘Revival of the Machine' magazine.

Jesus de Juan found out that the Royal Enfield Continental GT frame was more robust and suitable to customise it into a concept ‘off-road' and had the scope of eliminating the air filter and battery box.

The result was a Royal Enfield Classic 500/ Continental GT combination which eliminated the dual rear suspension and replaced it with a mono shock fitted slightly towards the left. The front end received upside down (USD) forks and the seat sits close to the beginning of the rear wheel.

The paint job on the Green Fly required unique skills as the polishing left hard longitudinal scratches across the metal fuel tank. Jesus used a green lacquer to give the tank's metallic surface a soft and smooth finish.

As for the name and how it was derived, the metallic green combined with black seat, frame and the motor reminded Eva Pereira, director of Royal Enfield Madrid, of a fly, and hence the name ‘Green Fly'.

The wheels were shod with large knobby tyres with 140mm section for the front, and 150mm for the rear. Both the wheels were finished with the same coating as seen on the fuel tank. To create the visual effect of the "fattest tyres", the beads were painted in black.

Jesus equipped both the front and rear wheel of the Green Fly with petal disc brakes. As for the headlamp, Jesus chose two overlapping poly ellipsoidal optical lights, usually seen in stage/ theatre lightings. These were placed slightly towards the left on a square mask in clear acrylic lacquer green.

Although the Royal Enfield Green Fly was ready to be showcased, it is currently awaiting approval to make it road legal. The road legal version of the Green Fly will receive front and rear fender. The free flow exhaust of the Green Fly concept model will be fitted with a catalytic converter to comply with Europe's emission norms.

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Story first published: Friday, February 10, 2017, 12:46 [IST]
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