This custom Royal Enfield Himalayan features a 500cc engine and carbon fiber parts

When it comes to modified motorcycles, Royal Enfield’s motorcycles are quite popular. This is mainly because they are easy to maneuver and can be adapted to different body types. However, there aren’t many custom Royal Enfield Himalayan vehicles. When Aditya from Royal Enfield approached Uttarakhand-based tuning shop MotoExotica, they didn’t say no. The brief given to MotoExotica was very simple, Aditya said “build the ultimate version of the already capable Himalaya”, and the best part for the shop was that Royal Enfield let the shop open to develop the bike based on their experience and knowledge.

At first glance, some people might be confused by the fact that this modified motorcycle is a Royal Enfield Himalayan underneath. The shop wanted to convert a Himalayan into a lightweight dual-sport motorcycle. MotoExotica wanted to keep the Himalayan design, so the workshop didn’t change the fuel tank and headlight design. However, the shop did change the rear subframe, as did the riding ergonomics for an upright stance, with wider handlebars and a curved front fairing.

MotoExotica has also upgraded the front brakes, as the engine now puts out more power.

All body panels on the motorcycle are made of carbon fiber, which helps reduce weight. Working with carbon fiber is labor-intensive and the factory does not outsource any work. All machined bits are in matt aluminum. The frame and bezel are finished in Army Green. The fuel tank features a Nardo gray Everest profile with a satin carbon fiber finish.

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In terms of mechanical upgrades, the motorcycle now gets long-travel dollar suspension from WP that has been revalved. Up front there’s a 320mm floating disc and a four-pot caliper. The rear suspension is fully adjustable and has a new custom swingarm that mounts directly.

Then there’s the motor. The stock 411 cc unit has now grown to 500 cc. High-lift camshafts and a programmable ECU were installed. Additionally, there’s a custom megaphone exhaust with carbon fiber ends.

First published date: December 28, 2022 at 10:02 AM CST

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