But, as they so often say, we are our own worst enemies. Zima took delivery of the Bullet 500, placed it on the workbench, and had it dismantled in preparation for the real fun to get underway. However, he began having second thoughts about unleashing the grinder on the pristine framework of a brand-new bike, which is quite understandable if you ask me. David’s older brother eventually decided to lend a helping hand.
You see, he also knows his way around a bit of customization, and it was he who’d first sparked our protagonist’s interest in motorcycles many years ago. So, in typical older brother fashion, he snuck into the workshop one day and had the Bullet’s subframe chopped off without a hint of remorse. This left David with no choice but to crack on, and things were soon progressing at lightning pace.
For starters, he busied himself with fabricating a new loop-style subframe, which brought about a perfectly level bone line. It looks infinitely better than the stock part and is supported by a pair of high-grade aftermarket shocks from YSS. These bad boys come with adjustable preload and progressive springs, raising the Enfield’s rear end for a more appealing posture.
A full custom setup was then fitted where it had once been, comprising handmade upper fork sleeves, a replacement headlight, and a rounded number board with retro motocross vibes. Lower down, we come across a high-mounted fender attached to the bottom triple clamp, while the cockpit area flaunts a chrome-plated Tommaselli handlebar.
For some extra stopping power, the front brake was upgraded with a larger rotor and an aftermarket master cylinder, but Sir Zima did away with the ABS system. Working our way southward, we’re greeted by the repurposed gas tank of a vintage Honda, which required some extensive tweaking to play nice with the Bullet 500’s original fuel pump. The filler cap was taken from a Jawa and polished to a mirror finish prior to installation.
Staying true to the scrambler theme, David wrapped the Bullet’s wheels in a pair of dual-purpose Michelin Sirac tires. Internally, the bike’s 499cc single-cylinder mill remains completely unchanged, but some fresh breathing equipment lets it benefit from additional airflow. We find a K&N pod filter on the intake side of things, and the standard exhaust system made way for a bespoke high-mounted substitute.
The pipework was built from scratch using stainless-steel, with a bit of added heat wrap to keep temperatures in check near the rider’s leg. For the finishing touches, Rod Motorcycles’ proprietary switches were placed onto the Tommaselli handlebar, and the specimen’s fuel tank got wrapped in a livery reminiscent of old-school Husqvarnas. The red base was used on the under-seat storage box, as well.
On the other hand, the number boards were both painted yellow for contrast, while a matte-grey finish was laid over the frame, swingarm, and fork sleeves. Now, we’ll have you know David won the competition he entered with this stunning Royal Enfield, but there’s a catch. He was the only builder to submit an entry to the build-off, so the victory came by default. It certainly wasn’t as sweet as a proper win, but working on this project still offered a great deal of satisfaction.