Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles has taken a standard Royal Enfield Himalayan and turned it into an even serious off-roader. In the transformation, the Himalayan loses some of its touring spec hardware like the windscreen and the digital compass. In case you’re wondering, Scram Africa is an adventure event that lasts seven days and takes riders across 1,500km of on- and off-road routes.
The modified Royal Enfield Himalayan retains most of its stock parts but gets visual changes aimed at making it more compact and rugged. An aftermarket, square-shaped headlight replaces the spherical unit that comes from the factory. A vintage enduro mask adds a small flyscreen and gives a touch of classic styling to the adventure-spec motorcycle. A retro-style front fender, which is noticeably larger than the stock unit, sits under the headlight. All the crash protectors have been removed from the modified motorcycle.
The changes continue behind the revised fascia. The cockpit trades the multi-pod instrument console on the stock motorcycle for an asymmetrically mounted, single-pod, semi-digital meter. The new switches on the handlebar work with the revised electronics. One switch toggles between engine maps via the Powertronic ECU while the other controls the ABS. The standard Himalayan comes with a non-switchable ABS, but the modified motorcycle has been given the switchable feature for better off-road prowess. Lastly, the cockpit has been given a USB charger to juice up the GPS navigator through the tiring adventure that is the Scram Africa 2019.
The changes to the performance numbers have not been mentioned. The standard motorcycle, for reference, draws 24.5 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 32 Nm of peak torque at 4,250 rpm from its 411 cc single-cylinder, air-cooled, SOHC, fuel-injected engine.
Steering duties are handled by aftermarket handlebar from Tomasselli that is claimed to be more rugged than the standard unit. The grips and the knuckle guards are also sourced from the aftermarket bin.
The stock fuel tank has been retained, but it misses the stock crash guards. It also gets a dual-tone paint job with “FUEL” branding on either side. The split-style seat has been tossed out from the window for a rider-only setup, and this gives the motorcycle a more compact look. The left side of the bike recycles one of the crash guards from the fuel tank as a support for the side case. The upswept exhaust has been sourced from a Suzuki RMZ 450. There's a custom made fender at both, the front and the rear. The wheels are wrapped in off-road biased Pirelli MT 21 Rallycross tyres for better grip on the loose surface.
It’s a commendable job, and we wish Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles a very adventurous ride at the Scram Africa 2019.