Adventure tourers have been gaining much attention, and some of the folks who own something different are transforming their prized possessions into touring friendly machines. A Bajaj Pulsar NS200, for example, which we brought to you in October 2018 received a significant makeover that transformed the naked roadster into an adventure tourer.
Another motorcycle that has returned from the mod-street as a tourer is the Royal Enfield Classic 500. The folks at Delhi based TNT Motorcycles took a standard Classic 500 and gave the bike a makeover to bestow it with a rugged look, touring capabilities, mild off-roading capabilities and named it ‘Strom Shadow’. The revised fascia has "maniac" written all over it. Illumination tasks are performed by a three-pod headlight setup that features a primary light accompanied by two auxiliary lights. The front panel that surrounds the headlight gets a carbon-fibre texture that gives it a unique look.
The carbon-fibre texture is carried on the fuel tank and the side panels which make the motorcycle look exotic. The underseat, twin-outlet exhaust add a bit of sporty persona to the package while giving the bike better water wading capabilities.
A tall-set front fender, bash plate and dual-purpose tyres emphasises the off-roader persona of the bike. The raised handlebars would come handy while standing on the footpegs on the beaten path. The tank recesses would provide ample grip to hold on to the motorcycle. However, the dual-purpose rubber is wrapped in 17-inch alloy wheels that aren’t exactly what fit the off-road-friendly traits.
Addressing the touring requirements are the luggage mounts that are installed at the rear. The saddle stays would keep soft-luggage away from the re-routed exhaust setup. The handlebar mounts a 12V charger to ensure your devices never run out of juice while the Garmin sourced navigation system would guarantee that you stay on the right route. A single-pod, semi-digital instrument console sits next to the navigation screen. The instrument console features an analogue tachometer while the rest of the information is displayed on the digital screen.
TNT Motorcycles also went into KTM’s wardrobe to source parts like the upside down front forks, crash guards and swingarm that have come from the Austrian pocket rocket. A monoshock unit has replaced the stock shock absorbers.
Does the modified package work?
The motorcycle has already tackled the challenges of riding across Nepal and Bhutan, and that speaks a lot about its capabilities.
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