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Royal Enfield ‘Thor’ by Sisaka Customs


Posted on July 14th, by Scott in Uncategorized. 13 comments

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Written by Martin Hodgson.

Dreamed up in the war time era of the 40’s, built in 1980’s India and customised in 2014 using bronze making techniques thousands of years old this Enfield has one hell of a story to tell. Customising a bike for the first time was a harder road than builder Chetan Yadav of Sisaka Custom Motorcycles ever imagined and getting his hands on his favourite bike was just the start. It was a journey a year long, testing his patience, requiring MacGyver like resourcefulness and taking lessons from builders past and present, but what he has constructed is a 1983 Royal Enfield like no other.

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It’s hard to put your finger on just what grabs your attention first, but that front end certainly isn’t what you normally see on an Enfield. Painted, polished and extended it gives the bike the bobber stance Chetan was going for. A lesser builder would have been content to leave it there, but to add to the look the rear frame has cleverly been extended further stretching the stance of the bike. The seat is pure bobber, a colour matched leather wrapped solo with single coil spring and setup to give him the riding position just as he desired. The fuel tank is heavily customised and unique touches are cleverly fabricated in and then there is the bronze…

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The bronze gives the bike a distinctly Indian look, utilising the nations favourite metal to fashion high quality pieces that adorn the bike and with thousands of years of bronze making tradition the level of detail does the history justice. From the exquisitely engraved headlight surround to the ornamental air filter, wherever you look is a piece worthy of being its own unique sculpture. From the bold gas cap to the delicately crafted levers, the rear tail light and indicators and the kick start, each piece has been lovingly formed. But it’s not all in your face, there are the front indicators that you notice only after admiring the bike for considerable time, the subtle oil lines and that rear fender that reminds you custom bike building really is an art form.

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To steer his ride around the rapidly growing city of Gurgaon, Chetan utilised a set of Yamaha FZ150 handle bars that have been leather wrapped, matching grips and bar ends made out of you guessed it, bronze! Hiding the ignition key and battery is the industrial tool box, it to wearing leather, while further enhancing the bikes bobber credentials is the painstakingly hidden wiring loom. Keeping the rider informed is a Vintage Smith replica speedo that makes picking the age of the biker even harder. While the custom exhaust with bronze accents makes sure heads are snapped around in time to see the Enfield coming. The wider than stock rear tire is a 150 section plucked from a KTM Duke and fits snuggly on the custom laced and painted rim.

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In a scene of many bikes where a few distinct styles often rule the roost it can be easy to get caught just following the pack. But inspired by his favourite builders, influenced by his culture thousands of years old and determined to build the bike he’d always envisaged, Chetan put the rule book aside and like the sculptors of old, he fashioned something truly unique. A leather bound, bronze clad steed that has this Royal Enfield riding at the front of the pack!

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  • Jacob Speis

    The little things on this build are so well done that I’m actually bummed about the way it looks overall. With such a sheer amount of attention to detail being put into the engraving and such, I feel like the rear end is letting down the rest of the bike. It’d be wonderful to see a subframe that was built around the desired seating position instead of an inexplicable sprung solo seat on a bike that already has a functioning rear suspension.

  • Theodore P Smart

    that’s some mediocre photography — too bad. It seems like a sweet build but I cannot tell.

  • arnold

    The manufactured forks are amazing although not to my taste.
    The engraving details are well done, although not to my taste.
    The seat set up requires some examination.
    Leather on the grips and tool bag are not a good thing in wet climates.
    Side stand and center? Belt and braces.
    What do I like about it? Everything! No sarcasm.ald

  • Lee Wilcox

    I think that sprung seat on an already suspended rear might be just the thing for my broken back. If not, I guess I won’t do better than a trike.

  • http://www.lossaengineering.com Steve Joseph

    story makes it sound like its the dudes first custom bike, I say cut him some slack, the handmade bits are amazing. I don’t know if the look flows overall but that doesn’t really matter at this point, Hes probably going to make a LOT of money on this bike and put it towards making the next one even wilder and better.

  • metricwrench

    Beautiful engraving and custom details… so much love into that bike. Needs someone with a design-mind to get the proportions and lines right. Its all out of whack, but not uncorrectable.

  • noel

    i dont know why but why do i have a feeling this first time builder tried to copy this build.not all the way thats obvious.but there is so much similarity that this is actually copied from this.thus you do not have my kudos friend.next time please be original.n

    • Folke Bredkjær

      I’m not sure but it sounds like you trying to copy someone’s comment about being inspired by other great builds is a bad thing. Next time please be original.

    • möto

      You’re having a damn good feeling about it, noel
      … just search google for “hind ki rani”

  • nathas909

    The details in this are crazy, it may not be my style, but I respect the amount of work that went into it.
    I just feel, if the front had shorter forks, and a size or two bigger front wheel, got rid of the springer seat and you may start to get the lines right. At the moment it just sits so strangely, the lines are not right.

  • sethasaurus

    Jeez! Sorry, but again with the proof-reading request…
    When I see that I can click on an image that isn’t an ad, I assume I will get to see a higher-res version, but nope.. same size. People want to see these things. The worst “non-artsy” picture would be preferable to the many bike-geek/fan visitors.

  • micheal calhoun

    beautiful bike but it just does not feel right to me.

    amazing detail work but the overall flow of the bike is not appealing to me. The front end feels kicked up and the seat as well. The front feels way out there compared to the tightness of the rear end. I probably would have been saying things different if the seat hugged the frame rails instead of being on a shock.

    that said, its probably a blast to ride and comfortable to boot

  • ashu

    Hey guys your works is clearly visible and its too deep. I want to modify my 2000 model machismo to a average level….how should I contact you …my I’d I’d dewalkar.ashutosh@gmail.com. pls lemme know .if possible .to help