TCH as the name of a company for some reason cements the thought in your head that it belongs to the IT world. The name even sounds dangerously similar to one of the world’s most well known software firms from India. However, in this case, TCH or Transfigure Custom House is a custom bike builder, specializing in hardware on wheels. Established in January 2012, conceptualized & founded by Adil Dumasia who is an ex-merchant navy officer and an automobile enthusiast, he thought of pursuing his passion after 17 years of service at sea. TCH has won the 1st prize for the best custom bike award at the Royal Enfield Rider mania 2012 and finished runners up at Rider Mania 2013. They were also chosen as one of the custom bike builders in the IBW 2013 and 2014 Biker build-off.
Their first product we came across is called the ‘Mauri Warrior’. It comes dressed in rather intricate art-work visible on its bulbous tank, the headlight assembly, the engine cover and the front and rear fender, which by the way is integrated with the swing-arm. We particularly liked the rear licence plate which is rather difficult to spot as it looks more like a foot-rest for a non-existent pillion. The Mauri influence extends to the rider seat too, which looks more like an ancient musical instrument rather than a place to be saddled on. Fat rubber and disc brakes at both ends, a monoshock and alloy wheels are giveaways that not everything about this machine is tribal. Powering this ancient warrior is a Royal Enfield motor.
The bike above is called the ‘Rudraveera’, which is among the 101 names of Lord Hanuman and also means reincarnation of Lord Shiva. The inspiration for TCH to build a motorcycle like this came from the client himself, who is an ardent devotee of Lord Hanuman. As a result, to make him feel blessed and positive while riding the bike, the tank has been inscribed with the ‘Hanuman Chalisa’, written in a circular form. The concept is that when the Chalisa is chanted, radiant light and vibrations are emitted from the centre of the tank. Does the divine intervention also help with the fuel-efficiency? We don’t know, but about the vibrations, we are sure they are emitted when you know what powers this divine machine. In our opinion, the latter half of the motorcycle looks like it belongs to another machine and the design as a whole, doesn’t really come across as a cohesive sight.
Next one up is the Transton. A cafe racer that is unabashedly based on the Norton Dominator, so much so, even the decals and the font on the tank are strikingly similar to the legendary motorcycle brand. Is it a bad thing? Not at all. Does it look good? It sure does. Powered by an RE motor again, the Transton looks like a genuine classic machine to be taken out on a Sunday morning, dressed in your aged leathers and an open face vintage helmet with fighter goggles.
According to Adil, “TCH works on a strong principle of “Team Work”. All have equally important roles to play to bring out the best product. We strive to churn out a masterpiece each time which not only looks awesome but is safe to ride and has great road presence. We endeavor to make the best keeping in mind a checklist with safety being the prime factor. We start design and fabricate a bike with a concept after understanding the client’s personality, structure, comfort and various other factors. Team TCH started with 2 members and now has grown to 9.”
Transfigure custom house is based in Mumbai and if you like what you see, do contact them, here are their details:
Gala No.C-6,OM Sai Industrial Estate,
Near Dharam Kanta, Diagonally
Opp. Reliance Office, Mira-Bhayander Road,
E-Mail. : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phone No. : +91 – 9819708102.