When you look into the custom motorcycles scene in India, you’ll find all these modifiers have one favourite brand when it comes to donor bike. And that is Royal Enfields, be it the most selling and modified Bullet series or the off-road spec Himalayan. Reason being the simple chassis design which gives a free hand to the modifiers.
So, after the new parallel-twin 650 lineups came in we saw a lot of custom builds from Indonesia, Thailand and India itself. But today we have a rad scrambler based on the Interceptor 650 from Revival customs which is based in Texas. Royal Enfield is being more and more popular in the UK and the US after the launch of the 650s.
The bike is called ‘Desert Runner’ and you can understand where the name comes from the first glimpse of the bike. It nowhere resembles its donor bike which is an Interceptor 650. In fact, the crew at Revival Cycles was given the bike for the build few months before the bike was even ridden by the media.
After riding the bike Alan Stulberg said: “This was a machine that everyone in the workshop could see putting into daily use,”. Like Everybody, Alan was also impressed with the engine and ease of use of the 650. They started off with changing the suspension setup with Suzuki DR-Z forks, which provided increased suspension travel and weighed less. In fact, that’s not all that is borrowed from the DR-Z, the front hub was also changed from DR-Z with better brake setup.
￼The front of the bike gets a retro round looking headlamp but with LEDs inside, In fact, the instrument cluster is a LED gauge. You have flat track handlebars made of aluminium and have been tested through various crashes and they held up pretty well. It also gets a stainless steel custom exhaust system under the engine. Protecting the parts is a custom aluminium skid plate. The rear fender overhang is cut and now it has a short frame along with a LED taillight. The front fender is an alloy one, but with mounts to attach a plastic fender to use in competitions.
To keep you comfortable the bike gets a custom build leather seat. The wheels are off-road Michelin AC10s, which are perfect on the tricky roads, or no roads. After the build was completed Andy himself rode the bike for 400 miles before revealing it in the show. The bike will be available for limited units only. Customers can choose from the colour of the paint to the accessories and tyres they want.
So if you loved the engine on the 650s and cannot wait for Royal Enfield Himalayan 650 to come out or you just want a different bike for you. You can get you’re ‘Desert Runner’ for $25,000 to $30,000 including the Interceptor 650.