“We created this machine to provide the purest riding feelings, in line with the tradition of classic trials motorcycles.”
Few workshops have craftsmen in-house who specialize not only in design and fabrication, but leatherwork, saddlery, prototyping, and manufacturing. However, BAAK Motocyclettes of Lyon, France, breaks the mold. Found in 2012 by Rémi Reguin, the workshop now boasts six in-house craftsmen, who have developed and manufacture more than 350 bolt-on parts for a range of European marques, including Triumph, Moto Guzzi, BMW, and Royal Enfield. Products include both hard and soft parts: seats, mudguards, headlights, mirrors, exhaust systems, saddlebags, handlebars — shipped worldwide.
In addition, the team builds bespoke motorcycles for their customers, several of which we’ve featured here. Their latest build makes use of the high-end trial riding skills of the company’s founder, Rémi REGUIN, to create a Royal Enfield Classic 500 that recalls the classic trials bikes of the 1960s. The team worked to create a neo-retro machine that performs as well as it looks, as showcased in the accompanying video, filmed at an abandoned fort near Lyon.
Below, we get the full story on this beautiful build.
Royal Enfield Trials Bike: In the Builder’s Words
The Royal Enfield Classic 500 EFI is a machine that creates a mix between modernity and tradition, which BAAK entirely re-designed to give it aesthetic and dynamic qualities that remind the glorious past of the Indo-Britanic firm in trials racing.
Throughout this project, BAAK team aimed at building a 60’s trial machine replica while focusing on the reliability, the security and the finish level of the build. This project is a real return to the origins for the Classic 500, essential to make this motorcycle stand out from the mass and get re-designed in a classic way.
It’s all about a unique motorcycle with a strong personality, off-road friendly and which enables his owner go to the trial spots by road. Our work made it 42.5Kg lighter than the original Classic 500 EFI, which is clearly one of the reasons for its radical dynamic features and transformation.
Like our other creations, this Royal Enfield is in line with the backdating trend: We aimed at giving a classic timeless look to this modern motorcycle, while keeping the comfortable features of a 21th century one (security, braking, reliability, handling…). A riding experience which feels different and which awakens the senses of the rider.
This creation is the result of our craftsmen’s teamwork and is a showcase of the parts we designed for the Royal Enfield Classic / Bullet, which are available on our online boutique and will be used on our bespoke projects built in house for customers: seats, bags, handlebars, mudguards, exhaust systems… More than 50 aesthetic and technical parts for Royal Enfield are already available for sale on BAAK’s website, still designed and manufactured at our workshop in France by our team.
“We created this machine so it provides the purest riding feelings, in line with the tradition of classic trials motorcycles which please the rider’s senses once sat behind the handlebar, and with a really purified design.” -Rémi Reguin
We bring a particular processing to the material we work on, which is characteristic of the craftsmanship aspect of our job. We bring a huge care to the sobriety, the classicism and the details of each of our creations. We respect a very careful design and manufacturing process, from the paper sketches to the 3D printing of the prototypes, the selection of the materials, the manufacturing, the finish and of course the test rides in real conditions.
For a project similar to this Royal Enfield Classic 500 Trial 1960 Ltd, it would require 4 – 5 months of work at our place — the final price depends on the finish level the customer wants.
To prove the achievement of this daring challenge, we collaborated with the movie director Aurelien Baud once again to film this machine riding through the timeless scenery of an abandoned fort near from Lyon in France. This machine makes things easy: whether you want to climb stairs or banks, turn in a small space or beat slopes, it won’t let you down.
Rémi Reguin, BAAK’s founder, has high-end trial riding skills he acquired through years. He knew how to mix the aesthetic aspect of the project with technical ones so the motorcycle can be used in real trial situations. Some of our choices had to go against the modernity, to make a better connection between the man and the machine: the ABS system was removed, the electronic intake is replaced by a carburetor, all the bike’s electricity was moved to the side leather bag, handlebar controls include only the necessary stuff…
Base: Royal Enfield Classic 500 EFI
Monocylinder / 500cm3 air-cooled / Power 28hp Torque 41,3Nm / Weight 195Kg / 5 speeds gearbox
BAAK custom parts and modifications:
• Single seater seat with double-tanned (natural and chrome) leather.
• Brushed aluminium front and rear mudguard with hand-polished strips and custom fixation legs
• Wide trial aluminium handlebars
• Machined aluminium triple yokes and handlebar clamps
• Bates style headlight with top switch
• 21’ and 18’ wheels with aluminium rims, stainless steel spokes and Pirelli tires
• Amal carburators replacing the original injection, classic air-filters
• Brushed aluminium gas tank with Monza cap
• Classic cable speedometer
• Side black leather bag
• Reinforced aluminium sump guard
• Hagon shock absorbers
• Trial exhaust system
• Aluminium side cover
• Black leather gas tank belt
• Silicone handlebar grips
• Custom remote controls and brake handle
• Classic round taillight
• Ignition switch relocated under the tank
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