Royal Enfield’s second Busted Knuckles custom bike build off has concluded, with Royale Motorcycles from Hamilton in New Zealand taking out top spot with their stunning No. 55 GT Production café racer.
Open to dealerships from across the region (ANZ), the contest sees builders able to transform any bike from the current Royal Enfield range. The result is a slew of some of incredible custom motorcycles.
Each custom bike was assessed in five different categories, each worth 20 points, meaning a total possible score of up to 100 points for each of the five judges, and 500 points across the board. It was a close run thing to find the winner too.
Five dealerships were pitted head to head to win the Expert’s Choice award, including Sydney’s Revelry Cycles and Surfside Motorcycle Garage, Fast Fuel Motorcycles from Albury, MotoMAX in Perth, and the eventual winner from New Zealand.
According to Royale Motorcycles, the inspiration for their bike came from India’s domestic Royal Enfield ‘GT Cup’ production racing series. And while the final design might seem as far away as you can get from Royal Enfield’s GT as you can get, it’s actually not.
It’s worth remembering that the original café racers that inspired the GTs were themselves an homage to the Isle of Man TT racers of the 50s and 60s. These were the sports-bikes of their time, so making a modern racer out of the 650 twin was inevitable.
The 17-inch wheels have been fitted with Pirelli Diablo racing rubber, including a beefy 120mm boot on the rear. Continuing with the racing theme, the team also constructed a bespoke exhaust system, featuring a super-slick, hydroformed HP Corse end-can.
MotoMax Perth produced the ‘Regency’ Interceptor 650 Twin Scrambler, with owner Ric Steele describing making a scrambler out of the new Interceptor as an obvious choice, thanks to the bike’s factory riding position and handlebars.
A road-based scrambler – Regency’s Interceptor 650 Twin Scrambler has a bash plate to protect the sump, new indicators, a handmade seat and a super cool bates-style headlight. It’s a very clean design which can get dirty and is built aptly for all roads and no roads.
Revelry Cycles in Sydney created the ‘RevElation’ 650 Twin Salt Racer. The custom bike’s frame was constructed from scratch and once built, the even tougher job of filling it full of go-fast goodies commenced.
At the heart of the beast would normally be a Royal Enfield 650 Twin engine, but in this case, the engine’s capacity has been increased to 960cc with an S&S big bore kit and a stroker crank.
There’s also a throttle body set-up made by Revelry themselves and a pneumatic shifter, free-flowing heads and very loud custom pipes. For fellow builder Fast Fuel at Albury, their focus was on the ‘Dr. No’ GT 650 Twin Cafe Racer.
Owner Lincoln Smart calls their bike its best ever café racer, with a body kit from C-Racer in Greece. “It had a brake light incorporated into the tail piece, but we really wanted that to be sleek, so we modded the plastic to get that minimal look we were going for.”
The exhaust was obtained locally but customised to suit. Sydney rival SurfSide Motorcycle Garage utilised Royal Enfield’s adventure bike to create the ‘No. 40’ Himalayan 650 Twin for the competition.
The Surfside team put their heads together for Royal Enfield’s 2022 Busted Knuckles Bike Build-off to deliver on a legend; the much speculated on but never seen 650 Twin Himalayan that fans have been craving since the twin engine hit the market in 2018.
“The custom build has a S&S 856cc kit in it and we had Hallam Engineering down in Melbourne work the head for us. Now there’s bigger valves, performance springs and a Hallam camshaft,” Tommy from Surfside said.
To this they added oversized throttle bodies and a beefy Tassie-made Verex end that can be fitted onto custom-welded two-into-one pipes. The motorcycle weighs 182kg on a full tank and delivers a bit over 51kW.
To finish the build, Tommy’s new aluminium bodywork was complemented with Mitas off-road tyres, an extended swingarm and mono-shock conversion, and YSS shocks. Surfside also added a Garmin Montana 700i dash with SOS button.
“Australia and New Zealand have some of the best custom building talent that we have seen anywhere in the world,” Royal Enfield’s head of international business for the Asia-Pacific region, Anuj Dua said.
“What makes the second season of Busted Knuckles special is our dealers being an integral part of it. Due to passionate riders across ANZ, we have a very strong community which loves to customise their motorcycles as an extension of their personalities too.”