Jaipur based The Hustler Moto, a custom motorcycling outfit run by Pankaj Sattawat has transformed a 2004 Bajaj Pulsar 150 into a custom cafe racer christened The Maniac. Since childhood, Pankaj had dreamt of opening his custom motorcycle workshop. So he set about realizing his dream instead of settling for a cozy 9-5 job. With the Maniac, Pankaj has finally given wheels to his long cherished dream.
Pankaj chose the Bajaj Pulsar 150 (2004 model) as the base for his custom job, because, according to him, “it was a motorcycle that brought the Indian youth closer to the performance motorcycling that they had ever been” – can’t argue with that. Back to The Maniac, work started with removal of the original Pulsar bodywork and replacing it with new, café racer styled handmade panels. The original fuel tank has made way for a Yamaha RX100 sourced unit because of its conventional café racer look.
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Up front is a short, café styled mudguard and a small yet classic looking headlamp, while the single-piece handlebar has been replaced by a lathe machined clip-on unit. The original instrument cluster has been done away with, and in its place goes aftermarket, analogue meters and a custom, handmade smart phone holder for GPS speedometer and other details. A custom rear cowl, hosting twin oval shaped twin LED tail lights replaces the pillion seat.
The Maniac is painted in pearl yellow with black stripes, with some of the yellow finding its way to the rear shock absorbers as well. Mechanical updates include the addition of an aftermarket K&N air filter and an up-jetted carburetor teamed up with a handmade exhaust.