Le Motographe builds a classy beach scrambler…
In 2018, Royal Enfield introduced the Interceptor 650, an air/oil-cooled parallel twin with Bosch fuel injection, slipper clutch, frame-mounted oil cooler, and a solid 46 bhp on tap. Known here in the USA as the INT650, the bike has received positive reviews:
“While the marketing material shows this bike riding along the California coast—hinting at the target audience of youthful road trip warriors—the plucky 648cc parallel twin can fit in anywhere the daily grind may take you: country back roads, urban sprawl, or freeway stretches. ” —Cycle World
Enter our friends Jerome and Yvan of France’s Le Motographe, who’ve been off-road riders and racers since boyhood — experiences that influence their builds. In 2019, we watched them race their Yamaha WR450 “Skeleton” in the Punk’s Peak sprint race, Deus Swank Rally, and El Rollo flat track race in the same week, switching out wheelsets and sprockets between each competition.
Over the last few months, they’ve turned their attention and expertise to Royal Enfields, developing a bolt-on RE650 Adventure Kit that includes upgraded suspension, crash protection, luggage racks, lighting, pegs, exhaust, and more.
“These parts are specially designed and manufactured in our workshop to be ready to bolt on the stock Royal Enfield 650 without any modifications, to allow RE650 owners to turn their bike into an adventurer in a couple of hours.”
What’s more, the team also provides a “ready to ride” full build service, in which they customize new Royal Enfields to their clients’ specs. The “Californian Scrambler” you see here is an example of this service, developed for a client who wanted a classy beach scrambler. We’re especially smitten with the full stainless steel exhaust — the best such exhaust we’ve seen on a new Enfield.
Below, we get the full story on this Californian Scrambler!
RE650 Scrambler: In the Builder’s Words
As you know, we worked over the past months on many Royal Enfield 650 Interceptors, designing and building different custom parts ready to bolt onto the bike, which can be found on our website: www.atelierdumotographe.com.
We also provide a full service build, with even more custom options, which allows a client to directly receive their brand new bike customized just as they desire, ready for adventure and built in our workshop specially for them.
This is the last Royal Enfield 650 built in our workshop. The Californian Scrambler, built on request, is an example of the “ready to ride” service we provide to our customers, including a brand new Interceptor + all of our parts from us they need + other custom options (painting, full stainless custom system, handmade aluminium leg protection, phone and GPS charger, etc.)
We called it Californian scrambler because of the inspiration colors, with this blue lagoon and all the chrome, aluminium wheels, etc. The client is in France and really wanted something that looked like a classy beach scrambler.
On this project we did this iconic stainless full exhaust system, the aluminum plate for protecting the legs, and added many of the adventure parts designed for the Royal Enfield 650 available on our website:
- Aluminium front fairing
- Aluminium radiator grid
- Aluminium engine guard V2
- Stainless scrambler footpegs
- Chocolate brown scrambler comfort seat
- Our luggage rack + left side rack
- Aluminum front and rear fenders
- License plate holder
- And many other little details
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