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Recently, a custom built Bajaj V15 surfaced online and many automobile websites went crazy over it, speaking about the design and how it looks. To start off, the motorcycle is very well made indeed. The credit goes to EIMOR Customs, based out of Hyderabad.
EIMOR Customs carried out a brilliant paint job on the motorcycle, making it very unique. But has anyone wondered what was the story behind the motorcycle or how much effort was put into building this one-off motorcycle? Here it goes.
As EIMOR Customs recall, a motorcycle enthusiast, a lady, had gotten in touch with them. She wanted to get a Bajaj V painted by EIMOR and had a short conversation that involved discussing the price and few other details like the idea.
A week later, the customer arrived with a brand new Bajaj V15 motorcycle. The motorcycle was to be a gift to someone, and she wanted the motorcycle to look and feel way too special compared to a regular V15. She preferred a paint job with a battleship grey theme.
The guys back at EIMOR did some R&D for two to three days, looking up at the history of the Vikrant warship and the years that were important to the ship. They also looked at all the photos and collected all the information needed, then filtered out the crucial data that needed to go on the bike.
Then the process of repainting began. EIMOR Customs had to strip away the original paint on the Bajaj V to lay down their magic. Some of the pointers about the work done was that EIMOR Customs retained the 'V' logo as it looked great.
The name, INS VIKRANT was painted on the side of the fuel tank and painted the side panels like sheets of metal welded together, just like the warship. Other highlights include an airbrush painting of the aerial view of the Vikrant on the tank, and the year '1961-1997' and 'The Invincible' painted on the side of the tank.
Another important highlight of the motorcycle is the rust marks and the texture. Since the actual ship was prone to bad sea weather, EIMOR Customs deliberately gave the little rust touch so that it looks a bit rusted and gives the motorcycle a Vintage feel.
The other bits of the motorcycle like the frame and structural parts are finished in Matte Black. The entire process of dismantling the motorcycle, stripping it off the old paint and stickers, preparing the metal for fresh paint, painting the base, airbrush work, laying details, and clear coating the motorcycle took EIMOR 3 weeks.
The final result is quite clearly true craftsmanship by the Hyderabad based custom motorcycle builders.