Arjun Raina of Moto Exotica, who built one of our favorite builds of all time — the RD350 scrambler — is back with a Royal Enfield scrambler. Royal Enfield, like BSA, began life as a weapons manufacturer, producing, most notably, the Enfield rifle — the primary firearm used by the armed forces of the British Empire for the first half of the 20th century. Based on this heritage came the famous slogan for Royal Enfield’s motorcycles:
Made like a gun, goes like a bullet.
This particular build is based on a 2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 350 UCE. UCE stands for Unit Construction Engine, which is the modern evolution of the 50 year-old cast-iron Bullet motor. Changes included a traditional left hand side gearbox to draw more “non-Bulleteers” into the Royal Enfield family.
The Bullet 350 offers roughly 20 horsepower and a 5-speed transmission, along with the classic styling and history of a motorcycling legend. Moto Exotica, never a shop to fear range and variety, wanted to build a modern scrambler without sacrificing the charm of a classic British motoring machine.
Unlike a lot of scrambler builds we see, this is not just a design exercise with a few styling cues bolted on and a set of knobby tires. Arjun has more than 200 hours in the fab work for this build, using a 5-axis mill and redesigning 80% of the chassis. Below, he gives us some details.
Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Scrambler: In the Builder’s Words
(Words by Arjun Raina. Highlights by us.)
One thing about us that has remained constant with time is the variety, from slick cafe racers to bare-bone scramblers to the enduro KTMs! This is the first Royal Enfield that gets our special treatment, typically in the Moto-Exotica fashion!
Design goals were fixated upon building a modern scrambler and yet retain the charms of a classic British bike, so we went with 10 inch travel fully adjustable front end and a generous rear mono setup, we did end up redesigning 80 percent of the chassis and lost quite a bit of metal there. The machining and design over this exceeded 200 hours. And yes, we did use a 5 axis mill for this one.
The results are stunning, you have an practical bike that doubles up as a true scrambler maybe even a tourer. I like it so much that I am building one for myself!