India’s very own cruiser and
adventure motorcycle maker Royal Enfield recently participated at the fourth
installment of the Wheels and Waves festival. This is Europe's landmark surfing
and motorcycling event that was held between June 8 and 12 in Biarritz, France.
With its fine blend of motorcycle mechanics, vintage themes, surfing, art and
music, Wheels and Waves is one of the most anticipated events in the custom
motorcycling scene. Royal Enfield participated in this event for the third time
displaying its full range of motorcycles along with two exclusive renditions
called Mo’ Powa’ and Dirty Duck.
Over the five days at Wheels and Waves,
Maxwell Paternoster, one of the greatest motorcycle-influenced artist brought
his art to a Royal Enfield Continental GT that became his canvas for the
duration of the festival. Each day saw a new panel of the motorcycle come to
life under the magic of his artistic touch. True to the spirit of festival, the
Royal Enfield Marquee at Wheels and Waves was nothing short of the dream garage
that every motorcycle customiser wants. On display were the two custom
motorcycles made, for the very first time, by the brand itself and the finest
Royal Enfield customs from all of France.
Additionally, a historic collection of the
finest art from Royal Enfield’s rich motorcycling heritage was on display at
Docks de Pasajes for the limited duration of Wheels and Waves 2016 alongside a
wide collection of motorcycle and surfboard art and photograph. The showcase of
Royal Enfield advertisements collected over several decades was a moving
timeline of the motorcycling eras that have passed by. Each display was a
reminder of the one absolute constant in motorcycling –having fun!
Mo’ Powa’ is Royal Enfield’s
rendition of a Dragster-meets-Mad Max motorcycle that exploits ‘built-in
survive anything’ characteristics of any Royal Enfield. It was decided to add a brutish appeal to the
Classic 500 without losing the beauty of its traditional form.
The most exciting part, of
course, was to add the ruthless touch of a Mad Max with a turbo charger. The
stunning, custom-built exhaust has been fabricated by hand at Harris
Performance. This is a motorcycle that can be pushed to the limits on the track
but will be equally appreciated for its elegance off it.
What machine says
"Survive Anything" more than a Jeep or Land Rover Defender in its
characteristic rough metal with a big ol' snorkel sticking out the top? The Dirty Duck is Royal Enfield’
interpretation of the very same idea in a motorcycle form. The existing angular
forms and rigid frame of the Continental GT worked perfectly for conveying this
idea of utilitarian toughness. The addition of the hand fabricated snorkel
completed the look and ability to go anywhere on land or in water giving it the
name – Dirty Duck
The fuel tank has been
naturally rusted to tell a tale of its long life of surviving adventures and at
the same time, make it obvious that one should not feel bad about dropping or
hesitate from pushing the Dirty Duck to its absolute limits. The snorkel is
without a doubt the highlight of this motorcycle which has been hand crafted by
the extraordinary craftsmen at Harris Performance.
Source: Royal Enfield
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