It has been some time since the Royal Enfield twins were launched in our market. Now, the customised versions have started to trickle in from various chop shops in the country. Rajputana Customs, a well-known customisation stop in the country has been responsible for a number of unique builds, which are an extension of the personalities who swing a leg over these creations. Their latest, called the ‘Vigilante’ GT-650, is based upon the Continental GT 650 from Royal Enfield and one look at this machine is enough for you to be awestruck.
This motorcycle seems to capture the essence of the café racers of the past. The minimalistic design is very appealing and has been executed to perfection. The cowl up front seems to be taken straight from the race bikes of the 60s but also has a modern touch in the form of an LED headlamp. Right below this lovely piece of bodywork, you can see modern, USD forks, and then when you travel further down, you will see a dual disc set up. Replacing the stock spoked wheels are 5 dual-spoke alloy wheels. The tank of the bike is retained, reminding people of the motorcycle this build is based upon, however, the rear section gets massive changes.
The new seat gets a nice quilted pattern, which looks the part and seems to be floating in the air with the rear bits and bobs removed. The dual shock-ups have been replaced by a monoshock unit, further enhancing the look of the rear and offering better feedback to the rider. Another noticeable change is the exhaust, which has been cut short right before the rear wheel and wrapped in a heat resistant material, lending the bike a rugged look. The stock tyres have been replaced by sporty slicks and keen eyes would do well to observe a piece of some stealthy bodywork around the motor.
The RE Continental GT uses a 648 cc air-cooled, SOHC, fuel-injected, parallel-twin motor producing out 47 hp at 7,100 rpm and 52 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The Vigilante seems to use the engine in a similar state of tune, however, it could pump out more horses with the new exhaust system in place. What do you think about this transformation? Let us know through your comments using our social media channels.