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KR Customs, a Chennai-based motorcycle builder, has built a custom bobber motorcycle out of a Royal Enfield Bullet Classic 500. KR Customs was started just a few years ago, by an IT employee and a hardcore motorcycle enthusiast, Krish Rajan.
Bobber motorcycles, something not that familiar to Indians (except for the Triumph Bonneville Bobber), features a stripped-out single-seat cruiser design. The exposed frame and the noticeably-isolated rear wheel section, bring a unique character and feel to the motorcycle.
The KR Customs Royal Enfield Bobber started life as a 3-year-old Bullet Classic 500. Upon acquiring the Bullet 500, KR Customs stripped the motorcycle right down to its frame and engine. They started off the rebuild process from the tail-section.
The Royal Enfield Classic 500 Bobber from KR Customs, features a monoshock unit with a custom 3-point pivot system. The swingarm of the KR Customs Bobber is 4-inch longer than regular Royal Enfield Classic 500 models, to accommodate the rear shock.
The solo ‘bobber-seat' rests on a cantilever leaf-spring mounting. The leaf-spring unit is a replica part from the ‘50s, while the seat was built in-house at KR Customs.
The boxes on the sides of the Royal Enfield Classic 500, which hold the air-filter and the battery respectively, have been removed from the KR Customs RE Bobber build. The air-filter is now exposed, while the battery box which houses an Anti-Gravity Li-ion battery has been placed under the rear monoshock.
Coming to the wheels of the KR Customs Royal Enfield Bobber, the custom-build sports an 18-inch front wheel and a 16-inch rear wheel, wrapped with a set of Firestone Deluxe Champion tyres. To make the bobber even more retro, KR customs has replaced the front disc brake with a more traditional drum brake.
However, to ensure a safe riding experience, the custom Royal Enfield from KR Customs is equipped with a rear disc brake. The disc unit has been installed in a well-concealed way such that it doesn't affect the overall retro look of the Royal Enfield Bobber.
The fuel tank of the custom Royal Enfield Bullet Bobber was borrowed from a Triumph Street Twin. KR Customs founder, Krish Rajan, sourced it from eBay while visiting the US. However, the team at KR Customs couldn't just bolt on the fuel tank onto the motorcycle, and they had to do some machining on it to accompany the stock fuel pump.
The low-set drag handlebar is jewelled with Biltwell throttle and grips. The switches are simple push-buttons fitted onto custom-made Aluminium parts. The Bates-style headlamp, the Posh turn signals, and the triple trees borrowed from a Honda CX500, makes this Royal Enfield, a proper bobber.
Thoughts On The KR Customs Royal Enfield Bobber
Many custom Royal Enfield builds have been witnessed in the Indian motorcycle scene over the years. While some modders have tried to imitate some other brand, KR Customs have opted to build an original bobber from a Royal Enfield Bullet Classic 500. The old-school charm and presence of the KR Customs Bobber make us wonder why Indian motorcycle manufacturers are not considering an affordable bobber as one of their products.
Photographs: Reuben Jacob