“Made like a gun, goes like a bullet…”
India has one of the strongest motorcycle cultures in the world. In fact, a recent report from Pew Research indicates that 47% of Indian households own a motorcycle. In recent years, cafe racer culture has been burgeoning in the country, and JD of J&D Custom Co. is right at the heart of it.
JD was one of the very first builders to employ the popular Bajaj Pulsar as a custom platform, and we featured his latest Pulsar creation, the “Bratbob,” a couple of weeks ago. Now he’s back with a Royal Enfield Continental GT cafe racer that’s a pure work of art.
The Continental GT was introduced in 2014 to high acclaim. It’s the lightest, most powerful Enfield ever produced, with the 535cc air-cooled single kicking out 29 horsepower–a lot for a market in which 100-225cc bikes are most popular. Like BSA, Enfield was also an arms manufacturer in its early days in Britain, which may have given rise to the Enfield motto: “Made like a gun, goes like a bullet.”
We love the silver and black color scheme–hard to imagine a better color combo than that. And then there’s the almost compact, almost stubby look. The engine itself is beautiful, harkening back to the 350cc air-cooled Bullets supplied to the dispatch riders of the RAF during WWII. Motors like this one rode pilots out to their Spitfires and Hurricanes, and there’s nothing cooler than that.
We’ll let JD take the mic from here.
Continental GT Cafe Racer: In the Builder’s Words
On this specific build the client had a vision of what he wanted, and after a few discussions and sketches I was able to put his vision into reality.
Our theme for the build was combination of chrome & matte black paint. So, we removed the tank’s original red paint and turned it into shiny chrome tank. The rear frame was cut down to shorten the length. We fabricated a new rear cafe cowl with rear light in it . We also made a leather seat as per design. We shortened the front suspension by two inches, giving the bike perfect cafe racer stance. The glass of headlamp we converted into black-colored glass to match the whole theme. Some few changes like exhaust & front cowl have to be done after few weeks because of the busy building schedule.
Hope you like it.
Thanks & cheers
J&D Custom Co.
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