This work of art is by an Indonesian architect
Royal Enfield motorcycles have always been versatile enough to serve as a palette for the creative and the Himalayan adventure tourer is no different. This time around, this venerable terrain tamer has undergone a complete tracker makeover by an Indonesian architect, Julian Palapa. Named 0.2View, this is a standing example of how an architect’s ideals of form and function work beautifully well on a motorcycle.
The stock motorcycle is a bit too lanky for a tracker, so he got the bike lowered (by 40mm) and its wheelbase made a bit more compact (by 80mm). Palapa achieved this by swapping the long-travel telescopic front fork with a pair of Showa SFF inverted fork, mounted in a custom-made triple clamp setup. The swingarm has been replaced with a meatier one and along with it, the rear monoshock has also been changed to a more premium Ohlins unit. While the large 21-inch front spoke wheel has been replaced by a smaller unit, the rear unit has been swapped with a more futuristic-looking solid wheel cover coated with galvalume. This coating is said to be widely used in construction as it prevents surfaces from rusting. The wheels are shod with Shinko E805 knobbies for optimum performance off the road.
Even the braking department gets a major upgrade. The stock single disc with Bybre axial caliper has been replaced by twin discs with Nissin radial calipers. The rear too gets a large disc with Brembo twin-piston calipers.
Palapa replaced the stock headlamp with an LED unit wrapped with a custom-made nacelle. The wide handlebars are from ProTaper and the instrument cluster has been removed for that minimalistic look. The fuel tank and side body panels are all custom while the rear sub frame has been shortened to accommodate the custom rider’s seat. An LED tail lamp is neatly integrated underneath it. The powertrain appears to be stock except for the slash-cut exhaust.
All these modifications along with the neatly-done silver, yellow and black combo colour scheme make the motorcycle look quite premium. Palapa got the stock bike and the means to customise it after his design was chosen among the best ones in one of the custom bike competitions organised by Royal Enfield’s Indonesian dealership, PT Distributor Motor Indonesia.