We are sure many of the visitors of the ongoing Wheels & Waves festival in France are going bonkers in appreciation at the Royal Enfield display. At least we are. Royal Enfield showcased two factory built custom motorcycles at this ongoing festival and you can read about the first of its kind, turbocharged Royal Enfield elsewhere on this motoring portal.
Accompanying the turbo-charged motorcycle is a scrambler, tagged as the Dirty Duck, which is probably fit to play a role in Steven Spielberg’s next Sci-Fi flick. We could totally imagine ourselves don a Italian brown buck leather vest and chasing a genetically modified rogue dinosaur on this scrambler with our velociraptors… *If wishes were horses*.
Compared to the off-roading marvels of the four-wheeled universe such as the Jeep and Land Rover Defender, the Dirty Duck is a rough metal, big ol’ snorkel equipped scrambler that is aimed to tread on any terrain. The Dirty Duck is based on the Royal Enfield Continental GT and is built upon the cafe racer inspired motorcycle’s existing angular forms and rigid frame. The addition of the hand fabricated snorkel, from the craftsmen at Harris Performance, completes the look and ability of the Dirty Duck to go anywhere — on land or in water. The air box too has been modified to allow the passage of the straight-through exhaust.
The motorcycle rides on a pair of Continental TKC80 tires – the biggest and blockiest the company could find – strapped upon the stock rims. An aluminum sump-guard to protect the motor and frame from any damage and increase the overall durability while further enhancing its go-anywhere character. Now you wouldn’t want to wander into the wild with out any usable luggage and thus the frame has been shortened at the rear to accommodate a luggage rack. The motorcycle also gets a custom, hand made saddle that has been wrapped in oiled leather.
The rugged fuel tank has been naturally rusted. The idea is to let the riders enjoy the absolute limits of the Dirty Duck without any hesitation or fear of dropping the motorcycle. The headlamp and instrument cluster are rugged and purposeful. Hand crafted to house two stacked projector lamps, number plate and a small, digital meter to replace the bulkier stock units, the new design also adds a GoPro camera to record your adventures on the motorcycle.
Sadly though, this is a one-off motorcycle and we are not sure weather any such model will be up for grabs from Royal Enfield. What we are sure about is the fact that the Dirty Duck would brew some ideas in the imaginative minds of the owners and custom houses and we would probably see something like this rolling on the roads some time in the future.