Royal Enfield is known for their classic and iconic British outlook, and the brand is showcasing its first set of factory built custom motorcycles.
The custom Royal Enfield motorcycles in question are called the RE ‘Mo’Powa’ and the ‘Dirty Duck’. The Mo’Powa is a dragster based on the classic 500. Royal Enfield specifically say it is a “Dragster meets Mad Max motorcycle”. What makes it special is the fact that RE have bolted a turbocharger to this crazy machine. To aid the turbocharger the classic carburettor styling fuelling has been ditched for a modern fuel injection setup. The men at RE wanted to maintain the original form of the classic 500 in their attempt to create a custom motorcycle. The wheelbase has been stretched with the help of a wider Continental GT swing arm. The front forks have been lowered along with stiffer springs for better front end feel. Another important modification is the K-tech rear shocks that have been outboard mounted just like the original motorcycle.
The styling on this RE is rather bespoke. Thanks to its longer wheelbase it gets a much lowered stance. Classic spoked rims garnish the front and rear wheels. The classic 500 turquoise paint scheme is the base for this custom along with a very unique pink custom livery that extends onto the rims. Another fun feature is the instrument cluster that now features a boost gauge in place of the fuel gauge. How fun is that? It is an absolutely fabulous custom although based on a rather aging motorcycle.
Moving onto RE’s second custom, the Dirty Duck, ladies and gentlemen. The Duckling as the name suggests is a go anywhere multi-terrain rugged machine. It is based on the Continental GT frame and like the Mo’Powa features a number of modifications. Its highlight is the snorkel style air box feed and raised body parallel exhaust pipes that allow to wade through large water bodies just like a Duck. This Duck features German tyre manufacturer Continental’s most rugged off road tyres, the TKC80 which are the blockiest tyres that would fit on the original rim. There is an added aluminium sump guard to protect the motor. The Duck’s frame has been shortened to accommodate a luggage rack for the long distance tour.
The snorkel is definitely the coolest part of this motorcycle and thanks to a customized air box, the RE men have been allowed to add a straight-through exhaust with no baffles that has resulted in a motorcycle that sounds larger in displacement. The new headlamp housing is a simple custom affair with a durable and purposeful nature featuring two individual projector lamps. The new design also features a GoPro camera mounted to capture all the offroading adventures you have with your duckling.
These RE machines are definitely an exciting set of custom motorcycles especially from a company that has been rather lazy in its research and development. They definitely haven’t failed to impress on this occasion though.