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‘Dirty Duck’ Continental GT – Royal Enfield UK

Posted on January 30, 2017 by Andrew in Scrambler. 35 comments

Go on, admit it. You’ve fantasised about your specific choice of bike for a zombie apocalypse. Naturally you can have anything you want, as you’ll be throwing a brick through the front window of the local deal once the social chaos really takes hold. So what’ll it be? A BMW R1200GS? You’d be able to carry a house on the back, but its weight and size would make avoiding the undead (and keeping it upright) tricky. Then maybe a KTM Enduro bike? You’d be much more nimble and need less fuel, but what about a seat for the loved ones? Who knew a completely hypothetical situation could be so stressful? But don’t fear, as we have the perfect candidate. Meet Royal Enfield’s very own Continental GT survivalist masterstroke. They call it the ‘Dirty Duck’. We call it ‘escape plan A’.

“We wanted to try to see how far we could push the motorcycle,” says Subbu Venk, one of Royal Enfield’s marketing bigwigs. “We wanted to push it away from what riders might perceive it to be, while still retaining the key features of the bike,” he says. As you can probably tell, it was also important that the build not be too serious. “We wanted it to be an irreverent and playful expression of the passion for motorcycles that we have in this company and the wide range of skills everyone has, whether it be an understanding of off-road, TIG welding, or even wiring up a new electrical harness. Pretty much everything came into play during the building of this scrambler.”

And what says “survive anything” better than a rough metal finish with a big ol’ snorkel sticking out the top?  Hell, if it worked for Range Rover and Lara Croft…

“We wanted to make the motorcycle version of that,” says Subbu. “The already angular forms of the tank and frame worked perfectly for conveying this idea of utilitarian toughness.” The addition of a hand-fabricated snorkel from Harris Performance completes the look. “Hence the name ‘Dirty Duck’ – it’s a bike that can go anywhere on land or water,” he notes. Let’s just hope there’s a guard on the snorkel to prevent it ingesting rotten intestines. Damn those undead bastards.

GoPro captures all the zombie-slaying action

“The hand-made seat was wrapped in oiled leather. It will only get more beautiful as it ages and/or is sprayed with blood.”

To be perfectly clear about this Enfield’s off-road intentions, Continental TKC80 tires – the biggest and blockiest you can find – were added on to the stock rims. The frame was then shortened at the rear to accommodate a rack for all your rations and weapons of choice, and the hand-made seat was wrapped in oiled leather. It will only get more beautiful as it ages and/or is sprayed with blood.

“The same is true of the tank, which has been naturally rusted to show off its history of surviving adventures and at the same time make it clear that you really shouldn’t feel bad about dropping or using the Dirty Duck to its absolute fullest,” notes Subbu.

The airbox has been modified (again by Harris Performance) to allow the passage of the straight-through exhaust. And by straight through, we mean no baffles of any kind. At all. Apparently, it sounds like a bike several times its actual zombie killing power.

“The headlamp area and number plate were all hand fabricated as well,” says Subbu. “We’ve integrated two stacked projector lamps and a GoPro camera to record your adventures. And behind this sits a small digital meter, replacing the large stock units to give a more durable and purposeful feel.”

The trashed grip lets you know it’s definitely not a trailer queen

The finishing touches on the scrambler include an aluminum sump-guard that protects the motor and frame from damage by bone fragments and adds perfectly to the overall impression of end-of-the-world durability.

The good news? There is no zombie apocalypse happening any time soon. The better news? There’s more bikes coming from Royal Enfield’s UK custom team in 2017. Excited? We are. We just can’t wait to see them in the flesh…

No, you can’t feed it stale bread

[Royal Enfield UK: Web – Facebook – Instagram | Photos by Tony Dennis]

  • snorkel scoop should face backwards so it does not catch blood and debris

    • What about air pressure in the carbs? Would it screw that up?

  • Ah yes, you cant beat a good old Dirty Duck :). A well executed build.

    • It took all my willpower not to make ‘duck’ jokes… 😫

      • Well done Andrew, your bill power is inspirational 🙂

  • guvnor67

    I’m thinkin they could ruffle a few feathers by getting this onto season 8 of The Walking Dead! The next Darryl Dixon bike. Someone contact FX immediately, be quackers not too, even though It’s filmed on the other side of the pond! (Groan).

  • Gurdeep Harika

    Enfield are expert at rust, no doubt about that, ask any Indian owner

  • AB

    I really like this quacky, I mean quirky build.

  • Saw this in the metal at KICKBACK last October. Everyone loved it, I wanted to buy it, then I saw the bill. Sorry!

    • guvnor67

      LOL!!! But at least you saw it in the metal, we’ll only get to see it on this WEBsite!!

    • …at which point you exclaimed “Duck me, that’s expensive!’

  • Al Harper

    id rather have this than one of those Mule bikes. omg they are so boring and all the same

    • jlgace

      One of the key differences you are missing between this and the Mule bikes is that one is built cohesively to a specific purpose with the intent of optimizing performance whereas this is not. That was my only nitpick with the build is that it looks like a lot of bike for the 20-some hp powerplant to move around. Granted, high performance was not the goal her either and as for the goal I think it succeeds quite well. Regardless, your comment has nothing to do with the bike posted but rather it just appears to be random negativity. Lots of the builders who make a living at this do formulaic builds. It’s their trademark, it’s what they get known for and it’s what their customers expect when they go to them.

      • Al Harper

        alright point taken, Maybe its cos i just watched Richard Pollock on you tube and seen what a pompous prick he is. Or having to read his condescending comments on Bike EXIF since 2008. Either way, he is a master builder of putting together the same fucking bike in a sublime way over and over again. You call it trademark, i just dont think he can do anything different, unlike this build, which at least attempt to shake things up a bit.

        • Davidabl2

          I’d bet he just doesn’t feel the NEED to build anything different, because he’s got it all worked out.

          • Al Harper

            yeah i guess there will always be a demand for boring bikes. Maybe thats how hyosung started

          • I don’ t think your opinion means dick. Can’t wait to see your exciting builds displayed…anywhere.

          • Al Harper

            i think you just proved my point Richard. My builds are on the net, just not on motorcycle mutual masturbation sites which you seem to frequent

          • lemieuxmc

            Where can I see some of your work?

          • Motomanic

            Yes where Al Harper! Where!?!

          • lemieuxmc

            Cover of Cycle World magazine, not a street tracker.
            I’ll just leave this right here…

          • Motomanic

            If you, Al Harper, ever mention Hyosung and Mule in the same blog post again the internet shall explode and never be heard of again. Blasphemist. Traitor. What a loser. Unbelievable….seriously, I think your sloppy ranting about Pollock’s work is among the boringest things I’ve read here or over at BikeExif. I’d rather be only looking at a single one of Mule’s bikes for the rest of my life than ever read anything that you say again. Ha!

          • Al Harper

            I don’t know why you are all getting so worked up. I’ve said Richard is a master builder and his is work is sublime. I think you cant read.
            Either way, Mule has excellent photography of his bikes which alas i don’t have which i hope to rectify soon. Ill post then. Ill look forward to you bagging the shit of my bikes then and telling me what a cunt i am.

          • Motomanic

            Ha! Despite being a prick you’re good sport Al Harper! I don’t think anybody’s worked up here…but if you think that Mule’s trackers are any better because of the photography, I think you couldn’t be more in the wrong. Grow some balls and post your bikes and trust that if they’re any good, I swear by my cordless space screw driver, it’ll be seen.

          • lemieuxmc

            I’m pretty sure the readers of this blog can arrange for an excellent photographer to stop by and snap a few of your latest build. Should be way more awesome than this one…


          • Any cel phone on earth now has 20megapix capacity. Fire some off with your phone.

          • Al Harper

            alas im currently in drug rehab, so its a bit hard, But when i get out ill oblige.
            I still think it ironic that Bike EXIF and Pipeburn are NZ and Australian sites respectively yet is vastly populated by people from the states. I just think you dont get our laconic vernacular and humour sometimes. Why is there not an amercian Pipeburn? Is there?

          • lemieuxmc

            It’s all about this new thing the kids are all on… you see, it’s called “the internet” and it allows near instantaneous communications across the entire world.

            Shee-it, back in the day I had to drive miles to a motorcycle show to see what Richard had put together (if I was lucky!). Now I can see all the cool stuff from my house!

            Give my regards to Nurse Ratchett…

          • Al Harper

            “Give my regards to Nurse Ratchett”

            is that your attempt at humour?

          • lemieuxmc

            Probably before your time…

          • Al Harper

            i always understood the reference, i just didn’t think it was funny ya cunt

          • lemieuxmc

            I thought it was pretty funny…

            Charlie Sheen?

  • Jim Roberts

    who’d a thought that you could use the words periscope and motorcycle in the same sentance

  • Karthick Rc

    guys give your suggestion for customization of royal enfields