Yet An­other Royal Cus­tom

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The Thun­der-Bob 2017 is Royal Cus­tom Mo­tor­cy­cle’s third cus­tom project and I am re­ally ex­cited to share its de­tails with Bike In­dia.

This bike is based on the 2013 Royal En­field Thun­der­bird 500. Bob­bers have al­ways fas­ci­nated me ever since I rode the H-D 883 when it was in­tro­duced in In­dia. Since then I have al­ways felt that Royal En­field are the only bike man­u­fac­tur­ers in In­dia who have the legacy of build­ing char­ac­ter bikes.

How­ever, the Thun­der­bird, de­spite ma­jor tech­ni­cal and engi­neer­ing up­dates, al­ways lacked the proper stance of a bob­ber which the tar­geted cus­tomer al­ways wanted. I have been de­sign­ing mo­tor­cy­cles for a long time and have shared my de­signs with Bike

In­dia. You have al­ways en­cour­aged me by pub­lish­ing my let­ters and con­cepts in your mag­a­zine.

That was why I was mo­ti­vated to trans­fer my con­cepts and de­signs into real metal. I re­ally wanted to see my de­signs trans­formed into full-fledged mo­tor­cy­cles. It was a very chal­leng­ing task as I didn’t have many re­sources but I was con­fi­dent to take the risk. I got some parts fab­ri­cated at lo­cal garages and col­lected a few from after-mar­ket. After three months of rig­or­ous ef­fort and help from my me­chanic friends, Aalim Bhai and Hamid Bhai (who helped me in spite of Ramzan), I built the Thun­der-Bob.

I think a mo­tor­cy­cle should not just be vis­ually ap­peal­ing or just a good per­former; it should be a com­bi­na­tion of both. It’s very im­por­tant for a cus­tom bike to ride well; it should put a smile on your face when you ride it and the Thun­der-Bob 2017 is a joy to ride. You sit low with your legs slightly stretched as I have in­creased its wheel­base by 150 mm and low­ered the sad­dle height by 120 mm. You feel the thump of the 500-cc en­gine which de­vel­ops 40 Nm of torque which is trans­fered to the 150-sec­tion rear tyre which is suf­fi­cient to put a smile on your face.

Look­ing for­ward to hear­ing from Bike In­dia.

Sachin Ped­nekar, Uran

Dear Sachin, We are glad to see that your cre­ative spark is still shin­ing brightly. Long may it con­tinue. We are happy to print your lat­est de­sign here in the hope that our read­ers will en­joy your work as well. Keep it up.

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