Royal Enfield and the Marlboro Man…
The Royal Enfield Himalayan was launched in 2016 as the company’s first adventure touring bike. It was designed by none other than Pierre Terblanche, the designer behind such machines as the Ducati Hypermotard, Ducati SportClassic, and the Confederate Hellcat. The Himalayan is powered by all-new engine — the air-cooled, fuel-injected, long-stroke LS410. While the bike has scored high marks as an affordable urban ADV, it isn’t ideal for aggressive off-roading…not in stock trim, at least.
Enter Devashish Sharma (@gunner_moto), a mechanical engineer who spent half a decade at well-known Indian workshop Rajputana Customs, building 120+ motorcycles before starting his own workshop earlier this year: Ricochet Motorcycles. This is the shop’s second build, and it’s one beast of a Himalayan:
“The basic idea behind the build was to build a go-anywhere motorcycle that was a hoot to ride on the roads while swallowing rough trails for breakfast.”
Devashish and crew swapped out the factory 41mm fork for an Endurance USD fork with Brembo brakes, built a custom rear subframe, went with an 18/18″ wheels setup, added bash plates and bark busters, and much more. The smokin’ hot livery was designed by Dheeraj Rawat, aka Revhead. Says Devashish:
“This bike is built to be ridden hard and is not just a show motorcycle.”
The proof is in the pudding. After taking delivery, the new owner promptly rode the bike over 1500km home to Delhi — quite the testament to Ricochet’s workmanship! Below, we get the full story on the “Marlboro Man,” along with some killer shots from Dheeraj Rawat, aka Revhead.
RE Himalayan Scrambler: Builder Interview
• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
Hello, my name is Devashish and I am a 28 year old mechanical engineer. Having run the shop at Rajputana Customs for five years with Mr. Vijay Singh and building over 120 motorcycles, I started my own workshop in Pune in May 2019 by the name of “Ricochet Motorcycles.” We currently have a team of nine guys including myself working at the shop. This Himalayan is the second build out of our workshop.
• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
Royal Enfield Himalayan 411cc Fuel injected Bs4 model 2018 year.
• Why was this bike built?
The bike belonged to a client and now a good friend who found us through Instagram. He had seen our first build, a Continental Gt535 scrambler, and wanted to get one build for himself too.
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
The basic idea behind the build was to build a go-anywhere motorcycle that was a hoot to ride on the roads while swallowing rough trails for breakfast.
Since the original motorcycle, the RE Himalayan, was very bulky and not very balanced, we decided to get rid of most of the original components along with the complete rear subframe.
We swapped the original front suspension with an Endurance USD fork set with custom made springs and a change of oil to suit our weight. This helped us reduce the wheelbase and also increase the ride height by 2 inches.
We have ditched the 21-inch front wheel for a meatier 18-inch aluminium Excel rim front and back with dual sport tires.
The original 15L petrol tank was retained because the client wanted to be able ride long distance on the bike. In fact he rode straight from our workshop in Pune to his home in Delhi which is over 1500 Km once we delivered the bike to him last weekend.
This bike is built to be ridden hard and is not just a show motorcycle. The rear subframe has been chopped and a new one made to suit the stance and overall proportions of the bike. The rear sprocket is +5 teeth and a custom bent pipe made to increase the torque and initial acceleration.
• What custom work was done to the bike?
1. Endurance Dirt bike extended USD front forks with custom springs with triple tree
2. Custom twin headlight assembly
3. Barkbuster hand guards
4. Aluminum handlebar
5. Custom rear subframe
6. 18 inch front and rear aluminum rims
7. 110/18 Ralco front tire
8. 130/80 Heidenau rear tire
9. Brembo front brakes
10. Custom scrambler bent pipe with exhaust
11. Custom seat with regzine stitching
12. +5 teeth rear sprocket
13. K&N free flow air filter
14. Custom 3D race plates
15. Aluminum engine bash plate
16. Adjustable race hand levers
17. Scrambler foot pegs
18. Gold anodized nipples with metal finish spokes
• Does the bike have a nickname?
Yes, “The Marlboro Man.”
• How would you classify this bike?
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
Everything we do is a pride in itself. We do what we love.
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Photos by @mrevhead
I would like one please