A Custom Himalayan Street Tracker…
The Royal Enfield name is legendary in India, where the bikes have been produced for over 60 years. The heritage and mythological status of the bike is traced in the fantastic 2016 short film Chasing the Bullet (2016), which we highly recommend. In 2007, the new Bullet was introduced with an all-new, all-aluminum unit construction engine (UCE), with fuel injection and an integrated gearbox.
In 2016, Royal Enfield introduced the Himalayan, a 411cc adventure bike “built for all roads” and “built for no roads.” The oil-cooled, 24.5-hp single cylinder engine was developed from the ground-up for the bike and shares few parts with other engines in the Enfield lineup. This ADV-oriented thumper, which arrived on US shores just this year, costs less than $5000 new. Says Cycle World:
“The Himalayan is as inexpensive as a lot of used bikes, but more significantly, it offers an alternative take on motorcycling in the 21st century. Call it a retro dual-sport; a lightweight ADV; or an entry-level, Indian-made motorcycle brimming with historical gravitas…The Himalayan is an unpretentious, easy-to-ride motorcycle that suggests that maybe New Delhi and New York aren’t worlds apart.”
Enter Jishnu, a garage-builder from India who operates under the name Rough Rider. Jishnu’s first bike was a 1988 Royal Enfield Bullet, but he recently acquired a Royal Enfield Himalayan, which he wanted to customize for better tarmac performance…”and of course I needed it to look awesome,” says Jishnu, who dubbed the bike “Zyah.”
Below, we get the full story on this, the first Himalayan street tracker we’ve seen.
Royal Enfield Street Tracker: Builder Interview
• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
I am Rough Rider, though my official name is Jishnu. I’m from India. Well, frankly saying, I don’t own a workshop. The works which have been done on my motorcycles are done by myself at home. Basically I do own a home garage.??⚙️
Moving on to the bikes that I have, my first bike was a Royal Enfield Bullet which was a 1988 model and of course now I’m busy customising it . ?⚙️
Then I moved to the Royal Enfield Himalayan which I’m using recently. ?
• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
Royal Enfield Himalayan
• Why was this bike built?
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
Nothing influenced me. I just needed better comfort for both touring and tarmac and of course I needed it to look awesome.
• What custom work was done to the bike?
Custom headlight stay with brackets and meter console had been placed with additional mounts.
Spark plug replaced and added performance exhaust which was made by Indimotard’s Greasehouse.
Custom rear tyre hugger made with metal and also the front and rear mudguards had been customised.
And finally, a custom paint job which come out with a sexy blue and silver finishing back grounded by black beadings.
• How would you classify this bike?
Well, I think it’s more like a street tracker.
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
The overall work was a proud moment.