Desi Jugaad Of Transforming Motorcycles With Maruti 800 Engine!
It’s not necessary to be a pro Engineer for showcasing Engineering, one should have zeal and confidence in oneself to come up with fantastic ideas.
Indian automobile industry may lag behind some foreign industries but there is an abundance of zealots in the country. The country has witnessed some impressive revamping of cars and bikes in India. A few Indians have transformed their motorcycles to power them by car engines!
That’s astonishing …. Isn’t It ?. Here are five such ‘custom-built’ motorcycles that are powered by car engines in India without any big manufacturer’s support, which makes these endeavor more incredible.
800cc bike is not affordable to all, but to this passionate set of people, money was no restriction and they took matters in their own hands building bikes with car engines, mostly that of a Maruti 800.
Let’s have a look on a few modifications which will put you in state of amazement.
16 Moto Performance:
This modification house from Chennai has done an excellent job of installing a Maruti 800 engine in the bike. The bike gets a customised chassis and fuel tank and it has been covered inside a custom case so no moving parts are exposed. The motorcycle gets a single seat and the frame has been painted red which rather looks good.
It gets wide handlebar and has a cruiser appeal. Up front it gets upside down forks, a gas charged monoshock at the back and discs brakes at both ends. According to the sources it takes Rs 5.5 lakh to build one of these motorcycles.
20-year-old teenager Ruzbeh from Gujarat with his excellent knowledge and dedication redesigned the Hammerhead, which is unique on this list. The Hammerhead has AWD (all-wheel-drive) system. It is powered by Maruti 800’s 796cc engine that transfers power to the front and rear wheel through dual propeller shafts and is paired with a 4-speed transmission.
The Hammerhead gets a hidden hub-steering system inside the covers. The bike also gets a surround sound music system that can get connected to a smartphone. This unique bike has made it into the Indian Book of Records.
This is another Maruti 800, three-cylinder engine powered motorcycle. The bike is built on the Royal Enfield Classic chassis and few parts like the headlamp, fenders, shock absorbers are retained.The fuel tank has been custom built to make space for the engine, of which a lot is seen jutting at the sides of the motorcycle. The rear wheel is shaft driven and the tyre also comes from a car whereas the front tyre gets disc brakes. The bike looks brutal but has a lot of exposed engine parts.
Royal Enfield Classic 500:
Another Royal Enfield based motorcycle with a car engine, this bike gets even more of a cruiser-inspired styling and gets a custom fuel tank with graphics on it. The bike gets Maruti 800 engine with the crankcase of original Royal Enfield engine. The bike gets dual disc set-up on the front wheel and a single disc set-up on the rear wheel. It looks quite good and sounds like a proper American cruiser too.
Another one from the same custom shop modification job done by the 16 Moto Performance and it looks like a scrambler style motorcycle, with a Maruti 800 engine. It took the customiser three years to built the motorcycle, which also uses some parts from the KTM 390 Duke.
The clutch is high and it took a few tries to fix it right. The sprockets are customised and the chain is from Royal Enfield Bullet. The motorcycle weighs between 250 and 300 kilos and the tank is of 13-litres. The bike can reach more than 140 km/h. Vijay, the modder plans to make an air conditioned bike in the future.
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