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Fuel Motorcycles create Dakar-inspired Royal Enfield Himalayan

Published: 07 May 2019

Updated: 07 May 2019

Barcelona-based motorcycle clothing retailer Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles have created a one-off, Dakar-inspired Royal Enfield Himalayan, currently taking on their 2019 Scram Africa rally. 

With round one starting on May 4 and ending on May 11 and round two starting on the same day and ending on May 18, the bike is based on Enfield’s £3999 Himalayan.

Powered by the factory-fitment 411cc four-stroke single-cylinder, producing 24.5bhp and 23.6ft-lb of torque, the build is amplified by a modified Suzuki RM-Z450 exhaust, which is sure to provide a thrapping soundtrack, reminiscent of any competent mud-plugging trailie.

For a little extra pep, the bike has received a Powertronic ECU plug-in, with the ancillary components and running gear remaining the same as the original machine.

A side profile of the Royal Enfield Himalayan custom

The major changes come in the cosmetics department, which Fuel claim give the bike ‘a more compact, aggressive and classic look.’ To achieve this, the standard circular front light has been swapped for a squared enduro mask and the screen has been removed.

This has left the Marlboro-coloured tank more exposed for more of a classic enduro feel. What’s more, the standard dual seat unit has been replaced for a single seat design, with the rear now housing a removable luggage rack.

For additional luggage capacity, they have also rather cleverly recycled one of the tank-mounted luggage racks from the original machine and re-mounted it on the left, to the rear of the machine.

The front profile of the bike has been re-worked

The bike is the brainchild of the founder of Fuel Motorcycles, Karles Vives, who is currently putting the bike through its paces in Morocco on the Scram Africa route.

Organised by Fuel themselves, the ride is designed for scramblers of 400cc and up and takes in a large portion of the North African nation, including desert dunes and rocky trails.

Costing €3000 per rider, 20 bikes are allowed to ride each stage, with the money you pay gaining you accommodation, food, technical support and more. Riders are encouraged to bring spares, too, in anticipation of the challenging mix of terrains.

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