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Royal Enfield Custom

Royal Enfield custom motorcycle
You don’t always need exotic underpinnings or titanium sidestands to take home a trophy at a bike show. ‘Rat Racer’ has just won its class at the Biker Fest in Udine, Italy, and it’s based on nothing more exotic than a Royal Enfield Bullet 350.

The Bullet is a stone-age air-cooled thumper—cast iron—and one of the few motorcycles still in production with front drum brakes and a right-foot gear shift. But with an anemic 20hp available from the stock engine, those brakes will not be taxed too hard.

Royal Enfield custom motorcycle
It’ll be a fun machine to ride and it looks remarkably good—good enough to hold its own against some very expensive competition. So full credit goes to builders Michele Gamberini and Breska of Alambiccus Garage, who were assisted by renowned custom builder Roberto Totti. Totti has built more than one Enfield 350 in his time, and it looks like his advice was well-heeded.

Royal Enfield custom motorcycle

  • David Enfield

    O/k , weird or what ? but I like Royal Enfields ………….and this is one sassy Enfield .

  • Patrick

    A bit…odd. I like the stance and overall profile, just a little too much silliness added in – the seat, the placard across the front, “caferacer” plastered across the tank of a bike that’s not even pretending to be street legal…

  • TeeBee

    The seat/tank ratio is off – make the seat bigger or the tank smaller. Plus ditch the “caferacer” sticker – those that should know already do and those that don’t, wouldn’t even with such obvious labeling.

  • Dennis

    Royal Enfield no longer makes the 350 or any of the 1955 preunit engines. They are concentrating on their new fuel injected, five speed shift on the left, unit engine 500cc motorcycles. They are now disc brake in the front. The 350s make more like 18bhp at the crank, probably more like 12 at the rear wheel!

  • WRXr

    I like it. However, I am guessing the brooks type saddle on the rear fender in combo with the ultra low clip ons makes for very short, uncomfortable rides.

  • Carbon-arc

    Certainly is pretty. About that front brake, I rode the domestic version of this bike around Goa, India. What a hoot that was, going slow has never been so enjoyable. Trust me there are days when you need one of these at the back of the Garage just for when you’re not really in a hurry, and just fancy meandering alog without a care in the world.
    But I digress, that brake is BLOODY dangerous. The fact that you have a lever on the right hand handle bar, lulls you into the false sense of security that you have the luxury of a front anchor, when actually tieing a piece of string to a handcerchief and throwing that over you shoulder would be a much more effective way of stopping. I believe the export models have a much better front brake.

    I aim to own one of these one day

  • Pamberjack

    Agreed with Dave E – it’s almost there, but the “plaque” and the “caferacer” type make it seem a little silly/toy-ish.

    Put the original R.E. badges back on it and add a proper headlight and you’d have a winner…

  • tim hanna

    Seat and signage are silly but the spacer where the rear suspension used to be is disturbing and horrible.

  • I think they were aiming for the silly look. Otherwise it wouldn’t be a rat bike.

  • Swing and….miss.

  • Brijen

    Eye-catching when you see it for the first time…….and then it goes to a disappointing side …..standard tank with cafe racer emblem….
    cafe racer is abt being loud,angry and beefy looks

    @carbon-arc—–Brake are very good on Enfields depending how you prep them and who preps them.