Best Motorcycle: ‘CHAI RACERS’ IN MUMBAI

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Thierry Vincent ( below ) the past two years in India, the changing motorcycle culture in ; his show ‘Mumbaikers’ is currently on at Tendance Roadster in Paris, a Enfield dealer (what in the Levallois district. Vincent’s offer a glimpse of an emerging one which we take for granted in the countries — motorcycling as a activity, and not a basic and cheap of transportation.

As India explodes a capitalist powerhouse, a vast class has emerged, who have to spare on our favorite pastime. maybe second favorite, but I motorcycles of course. Suddenly, Enfields and other home-grown (Rajdoot. anyone? — see . How about an industrial diesel?) are with new eyes, as the raw material for and personalization.

The patterns of modification are inspired by Café Racers and American both of which are now global thanks to television shows, and countless photoblogs.

The first builder in India (apparently), Varde (above) . uses Indian powerplants in his specials, hand-built in a small workshop, the most basic hand He begins with an idea -no no bucks, no CAD programs- and begins steel sheets with to his desired shapes. The same methodology is employed to build from scratch or modify chassis — a true artisan.

The small capacity of his engines and nods toward American give an odd impression to eyes on Harley- or Triumph-powered creations. In they are reminiscent to late 60s Japanese motorcycles, which Teutonic angularity with film props. at least to observers; they made sense at home. Now of course, a Colleda is simply the height of Will this happen nascent Indian creations?

will tell.

Varde’s are often Bollywood actors, for a little flash, perhaps badass cred. the popular to his art has afforded the purchase a new workshop, the size of his previous garage above) . The newly well-heeled are for a status symbol. and I say this intention, as India has very laws against any kind of to a motorcycle. Thus, all of the machines here are completely illegal: or chopper, they’re literally

The prospect of riding an unregisterable is daunting to a degree, and all of the ‘riding’ are taken at the crack of dawn, little attention will be to the bikes; plus, there is traffic than the usual jam typical of urban Indian making a photograph possible. the solution to riding an illegal is bribery, but I suspect the new owners are interested in possessing a unique from a celebrated artisan, feeling the diesel-choked breeze in hair.

Speaking of diesels. in the 1960s and 80s a of industrial single-cylinder diesel were produced in India, have become fodder for builders. These machines are slow (80kph tops) but amazing fuel economy and stone reliability. Concerning with the country’s incredible density, there are virtually no on which one can ride over so a huge, powerful engine is an in futility.

In this context, a chuff-chuff has a kind of slow-motion elegance, housed in a ‘Captain India’ frame! ‘Jatu’ has ridden machine with sleeping bag to the rear fender, all across the thousands of kilometers at a stretch, in ‘Easy Rider’ style. slow.

While all of Vincent’s are interesting, what fascinates me is the of Indian-ness emerging from the format of these bikes. In last photos, Ashkai mother, a celebrated painter, has commissioned to paint a sutra Hanuman (the monkey on a tank for a Bollywood actor. shots are a whisper of the Possible what could be a genuinely design aesthetic.

Incorporating the incredibly rich language of India as source for innovative motorcycle design is a exciting prospect indeed.

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