There is nothing standard about the Royal Enfield Bullet “Standard 500″ apart from the engine. Marco Moller has poured his heart out in dressing the magnificent lady with jewellery fit for a queen. Hind Ki Rani it truly is.
Royal Enfield Bullet Standard 500 | Hind Ki Rani
Arnab : Marco, this is by far one of the most detailed personal touch I have seen on any bike. Please tell us about the bike and what made you come up with the Indian theme.
Marco : Thanks a lot, Arnab! I’m taking this as a huge compliment! To be honest, I didn’t really plan buying a bike back then, especially not restoring nor customizing one! This bike came into my life out of no where. I just saw her ailing in my former bosses’ front yard one day, and I wanted to have her, I wanted her real bad. I guess it was just like finding a starving puppy on the streets, taking it to your house with the intention of giving it a chance for a better life. So I took her home, and I’ve started working on her the very next day. She’s a ’94 Royal Enfield, Standard Bullet 500 made in India. I’ve been studying about Enfields’ on the net for many nights, and I’ve learned that I was owning a bike with a whole great history. I saw men worshiping their Enfields’ like I’ve never seen it before, so I simply had to treasure and keep it what it was… An Indian Legend!
Arnab : How do you decide on the them, what was the inspiration?
Marco : I just wanted something personal, something that would connect me with the bike more than it already did. So I chose to copy a few of my own tattoos, and now there is my story written all over her! Since I respectfully named her ”Hind Ki Rani” (Queen of India), the “Indian touch” came along while getting my hands dirty on her all by itself. But I guess, the fact that I’ve been traveling to India quite a lot, could have been a little bit of an influence as well.
Arnab : Since all the artwork was done by hand, why don’t you tell us about it. It was not outsourced but done by you in your garage. How did you do that?
Marco : I wouldn’t call it art work, I’m just a guy who’s trying to change the look of some things so they would fit into my world better. In fact it all started with just polishing up a few after market parts which I got in Delhi. Looking at a better finish now, I thought why not spend a little more time and give it a unique appearance, so no-one else at all would have something similar on their bikes. At that point I remembered seeing a documentary about an almost extinct craftsmanship, metal hand engraving. That’s when I decided getting the tools that I thought I’d need, and I gave it a shot. While trying on my very first piece I got totally exited and kind of carried away. I’ve worked and practiced till late night hours every day. I figured out how to work with hammer and chisel instantly, but that was not the end of it. It had to be more than just engraving patterns into a surface. It had to be something more alive. Alive like something in 3D. I haven’t mastered it yet, but I’m working hard on it.
Arnab : What has been the reactions from others when they saw your bike?
Marco : Thankfully, most of the reactions have been very positive and very motivating too. I think that it’s because engraved bikes are not that common in Dubai. Yet!
Arnab : You did tell me that the bike is like a lady and quite temperamental, does she give you trouble?
Marco : Trouble is such a harsh word. Let’s say my Bullet and I have disagreements some times. I want to go on a ride, she doesn’t. I want to ride home; she’d rather be on the back of a recovery truck. You never know when and what changes her mind. My Bullet for sure has a female soul, Royal, but female. She is pretty, but moody. Today you’re having the ride of your life with her, tomorrow she’ll stall, and you won’t know why. But every thing will be just fine again the next day. Always!
Arnab : Any more plans on her or any other bike on the works?
Marco : There will always be something to do and improve on the Bullet. My next project is a Triumph Bonneville which I purchased recently, followed by a friend’s Sportster. Wish me luck!
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