Royal Enfield gets a makeover: Indian Royalty in Texas, the Rick Fairless wayDecember 11, 2011 by: Rituraj Mishra
Born in UK, brought up in India, mesmerizing the world. One word for all these, Royal Enfield. It is a legacy in itself and out of the many breath-taking models we are concerned with the one that kills, BULLET.
Proud of being the longest motorcycle production of all time, it has admirers and fans around the world. Enfield has to work hard on a very tight routine just to suffice its demand all over this planet. Within the pocket and some major remodelling, including a twin spark unit construction engine on all models, and the flagship 500cc model that flaunts an EFI, it has rekindled the interest from European and US markets.
Seeing the potential of Enfield’s market, Strokers Dallas has bagged this opportunity. Boss Rick Fairless sees a lot of sense in customizing the factory bikes, and takes a personal initiative for this one. His mission “to make the coolest royal Enfield on this planet” and going by the outcome of his teams efforts, mission accomplished.
A 2011 C5, 500cc Bullet Model was chosen for the transformation. First to go were the wheels, 17” stock wheels replaced by taller Ride Wright 21” spoke wheels dressed in Metzeler. Then came the front end and to modify it, Vince Doll of RednecK engineering was called upon for one of his customary mono-spring front ends. Though, I have doubts if it is strong enough. For Fine tuning the appearance, EFI was moved to under seat, without any effect on its performance.
A polishing treatment was ordered for the rough engine case, as Rick saw it fitting. While it took time rear section was said goodbye, new fender fabricated and an installation of a pair of taillight at the end of each strut. Gas tank from Paughco fitted with crime scene Gas Cap. A stainless steel seat, engraved and left bare. Rick thought it was enough, for the bar hopping task this bullet will be performing. Controls, grips & pegs from Ford Stell, bars from Flanders, risers from Victory and shocks by Fournales.
Everything that one would want in a mean machine, assembled and beautified. Dressed in candy green and gold paint, pictured by Gary Queen and Mike Cissell from OSC, it is enough to get some hearts beating. Rick is all praise for his team, GM Gene Slater, Ford Stell & Derek Tollenar, a team that has never failed in his vision.
If you hear a loud throbbing, beastly bike sound, mostly heard in the mornings in an Indian neighbourhood, don’t confuse. It’s still where you slept last night, but it’s the bullet passing by.