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Rudra – Royal Enfield Desert Storm Modified by Arhunki of Shillong

If you want to own a unique motorbike then you generally think about going to a customizers or simply spending hefty money on a bike which average Joe can’t afford and ofcourse in both cases, you have to be rich, rather ultra rich if you are thinking to opt for second option.

But that doesn’t mean you can not have your dream bike, there are some who creates their own without any formal planning and training. One such example is Mr. Arhunki Laloo’s work which he customized gradually and the final product was simply awesome.

Rudra - Custom Royal Enfield of Mr. Arhunki Laloo

Rudra – Custom Royal Enfield of Mr. Arhunki Laloo

At first glimpse of bike, you will probably get impressed with its appearance of a authentic Royal Enfield yet has its very strong style statement. It has been customized to looker beefier yet maintaining charm of a classic RE bike. It wouldn’t be wrong to call it a Beast because of its stronger instance. There is whole lot of story behind this bike but in nutshell, this bike was not built by any formal planning or customization routine, rather was built over time with stuff Arhunki wanted to have in his bike.

Beast at rest.

Beast at rest.

Right form childhood he was fascinated by machines and always dreamed to have one Royal Enfield. When we asked him about his inspiration and reason to have a highly customized bike, he replied “I have always, since childhood, admired modified bikes, cars and any machine which moves on wheels. I always wanted to acquire and own atleast one such fully customized machine, in this case, a bike. Back then, in my youth, I always longed to have one, but as a student, I could’nt afford. I would just admire pictures in magazines and in T.V. It was only when I started earning that I knew that the first thing I would do to satisfy my hunger was to buy myself a bike, not any other bike but a Royal Enfield. In fact, I have even made blueprints of how to go about it when I get a Bull. Out of the many, I chose Classic Desert Storm, then went ahead with my zeal of customizing it.

He further adds “I have always admired Rajputana customized bikes. I have always wanted to get my bike pimped with them but money was the constraint. Finally, I went ahead with my job myself. I didn’t want to have a Xerox copy of any custom bike, not even of Rajputana Motorcycles. I decided to do it my own way. That the look would be unique and stand alone amongst the rest. ”

The beefy instance.

The beefy instance.

When asked about story behind name “Rudra” for this bike, he said “It means the Hindu God of Thunder and Lightning. Besides its also name of a Death Metal band which I liked. I felt it suits the looks and feature of my bike. That’s when I decided to baptize my Bike… as -=RuDrA= .

During his customization phase, he said that most difficult part in India is the parts, you know there is one such part but is not easily available, sometimes not even in big cities like Delhi and you have to wait for months to get it.

Rudra on Trip

Rudra on Trip

He went on describing the process of customization of this bike he said that have removed most of the original parts and refitted with something similar but different. As wanted the bike to look bigger and fatter and low in height so he went for alteration like changed the front rim and tyre, used thicker rim with thicker tyre 120/90/18” of chocolate grip. Then for stronger braking, deployed two disk brakes which not only enhances braking power as well looks sexy too. In addition, for extra room to keep tools and miscellaneous items, there is a first aid box and another box for tools on both side of the front fender. Next change was bigger petrol tank (as he regularly goes out on long ride, so the extra fuel would help suffice him journey). Moreover, the tank-bag grill for preventing scratches on the tank gives it a better look. Further he decided to convert his bike into a single seater, no wonder people call it a ‘Selfish Bike’.

Wider rear wheel and custom tail light.

Wider rear wheel and custom tail light.

Another seat was also purchased and altered so that it would be lower, though not compromising with comfort. Then came the idea for a back rest which made the bike look better. As mentioned a while earlier, to make the bike look bigger and lowering its height, beefier rear tyre with the ratio – 140/90/15” with a 15” rim is used. After that modified mud-gaurd for this broad wheel and then used old model Mahindra Jeep’s tail lamp including a Maruti car’s rear windshield tail lamp. Then came the Enticer footrest which was added recently and was for comfort as on long rides, he used to get cramps in my legs and had to stretch them every now and then. Finally came the paint job, he wanted to retain the desert storm colour but in combination with Mat Black, wanted to do away with any chrome and shiny look. That included the rims, handle bar, engine casing, shock absorber and with everything shiny goes black. His friends disliked the idea of painting the chrome parts with mat black but he still went ahead with my plan and got it done. When the bike finally came out of the paint room and when all was finally done, his friends were awe-struck and astonished with the result.

A nice contrast of colors with Matt black

A nice contrast of colors with Matt black

Overall with all his little but precise amendment has given bike a strong personality, the combination of original desert storm color of Royal Enfield with the matt black really leaves a impression. Specially black cover of utility boxes.

If you wish to contact Arhunki Laloo, you can visit his facebook profile:

https://www.facebook.com/arhunki

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16 thoughts on “Rudra – Royal Enfield Desert Storm Modified by Arhunki of Shillong

  1. animesh pokhriyal

    Please to buy a customized enfield from you what will be the cost and which type of customized enfield do you have.
    Please reply fast send me some photographs

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    1. Arhunki Laloo

      if u dont mind…pls add me in FB…. its much comfortable there…for me atleast… thanks!!! sorry for the inconvenience

      Reply
  2. Deb

    Hi Arhunki,

    I have a Desert storm myself “–Storme–“. Since i purchased it i have wanted to make some modifications firstly to make it lower for a more cruiser feel and also make it look a little beefier. Your mods fit the bill. Awesome job on the mods btw.

    Can you tell me if the tire size changes need any structural modifications to the chassis itself?

    Cheers,
    Deb

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  3. apf909

    Hi
    Arhunki bhai

    i wanted the details of the additional LED focus lights fixed on the RUDRA besides the original head lamp

    Reply
  4. Pradeep

    Hey there,
    Awesome!!
    I am a kind of crazy about large size handles,
    and was looking for the perfect one, and I guess I know where to find it now.
    hey you made to by yourself or from which bike it is derived from?

    please let me know.

    Reply
  5. harshal

    hi,,,’
    realy impressed with your art…
    ,i have purchased desert storm….i dont want any major modification…but i want make it blackout version…u must be knowing that,,,,want to change all chrome part to matte black…i confused with it spray painted or powder coated..if it powder coated….wer shuld i go for to get it done…iam living in pune…and surrounded by many workshop….(powder coating) but wat shuld i aske them….any specific. requirmnt…..
    and iam finding it more difficult for wheels and engine casing to get it matt black painted.
    can u plz suggest or guide me….plz…

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  6. siddharth

    Hello Royal Riders

    I am really interested in getting An Enfield most probably 500 for myself really soon and out of all the modification designs I liked Rudra The most. So it will be highly appreciated if you can share with me the cost and can it be done for someone (that is me) staying in Delhi NCR.

    Thanks
    Siddharth

    Reply
  7. Emmanuel Gilbert

    Hi ,

    Iam interested in Rudra model.
    I want to make one. Kindly advise the contact details to check for the quote.

    Reply
  8. ABHISHEK THAPA

    Hi der.. It’s Abhishek from Shillong itself.. I really like ur customisation a lot nd would luv to do similar work with my Royal Enfield Classic 350.. Cn u snd me all the important informations on hw stud I proceed towards the plan..?

    Reply
  9. ABHISHEK THAPA

    Opologies for mis typn its ‘sud’.. Sir Arhunki plizz snd me ur forward plans useful for me plizz Brother..
    Thanks…

    Reply
  10. Rahul Roy

    What brand color did he used to paint the engine matte black.. as normal paint and any other spray paint would chip off or make the engine very hot..

    Reply