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With cars getting more expensive this year, it’s worth giving Mohit Chawda’s customised bikes a shot

Every rider loves his ride. For some, bikes are just a mode of transportation but for a few like Mohit Chawda, the frontman at Deccan Custom Motorcycles, bikes are passion and customising them gives them a high. “I design bikes according to the clients character. It is like writing a poem you need to know the subject really well,” says Mohit. He was recently selected for the India Bike Week in Goa where he presented his personal bike, Shaheen. wConsidering cars have become more expensive post-Budget, perhaps it’s time to for a customised bike by Mohit. Deccan Custom Motorcycles is just 50% of Mohit’s life.
He is the manager at Kawasaki Hyderabad in Kachiguda. He takes at least two months to work on a bike.
Here are a few beauties modified by Mohit.

Shaheen
At the very first look, no one would believe that this beauty is made out of an Avenger 180 cc. Shaheen is Mohit’s bike which was made for the IBW in Goa. The bike is transparent and has all wires concealed unlike other bikes. The engine is kept intact without much modifications, but the rest of the chassis is completely handmade by Mohit. Shaheen’s handlebar has teak wood grips and the exhaust is fit with the tail lamp which is very unusual. The tail lamp is made out of nothing else but a gas burner.

Shadow
This was Mohit’s first official project. Keeping his principles of designing the bike according to personality intact, Mohit designed this Avenger 220cc bike into a black beauty. “Only the engine was kept the same way. The rest of the chassis from dual headlights to 80 spoke rims everything was designed,” says the 23-year-old. The single-seater ride has twin head exhaust with a matte finish black fuel tank. The tires look unchanged, but the shock ups gives the rider an amazingly comfortable ride.

Rudra
The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 cc #Rudra is named after the owner’s devotion towards Lord Shiva. This bike has the engine of Royal Enfield, but the handles, mud guards, tires and footpad are all handcrafted by Mohit. The key looks like Lord Shiva’s trident. This single-seater has a digital mud guard which reads #Rudra when ignited.

Vaayu
Vaayu, yet another encounter with Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 cc, has a smoked head lamp upfront and apart from the projector LED corona ring head lamps that comes with a Thunderbird 500 cc. With twin LED focus lights, it also has blacked out turn indicators with hazard light switch. The rear tire becomes the front wheel and vice-versa to give it a more muscular look.

Shadow
This was Mohit’s first official project. Keeping his principles of designing the bike according to personality intact, Mohit designed this Avenger 220cc bike into a black beauty. “Only the engine was kept the same way. The rest of the chassis from dual headlights to 80 spoke rims everything was designed,” says the 23-year-old. The single-seater ride has twin head exhaust with a matte finish black fuel tank. The tires look unchanged, but the shock ups gives the rider an amazingly comfortable ride.

­—Nishad Neelambaran

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