Get your dream bike ‘Bullet’ customized!

A near fatal accident about a decade back made him redo his bike. Ever since then, he has been customizing Royal Enfield bullets; one of his recent bikes has been declared as one of the best three custom-made bikes in the country.

Get your dream bike customized by Ricardo Periera Photograph: Nishal LamaGet your dream bike customized by Ricardo Periera Photograph: Nishal Lama

Owning a Royal Enfield might be an ultimate dream for many, but for some getting it customized is what adds to the whole appeal. Customizing bikes has caught on big time in the city and Bangalore-based Ricardo Pereira is a pro at what he does. With a diploma in Mechanical Engineering, Ricardo’s first stint with bullet customization began with his own bike. Being a rider himself, he took to customizing bikes after meeting with an accident in 2001. “I have been riding bikes since I was 11-years-old. For sometime, I was into racing too and thats how I met with an accident. On that fateful day I was riding a bullet and that's when I felt the need to customize certain parts of bike to make it stand the gaff. What started as a mere interest soon became my passion. Today, I life revolves around it,” says Ricardo as he sits down with his new project. 

A Proud owner of three Bullets, Ricardo specializes not only in designs, but also customization of the engines. The meticulous renovation of his own bike made him discover Street Rods – the modification he specializes in. Ricardo specializes in three forms of customization: Street Rods (Complete built), Retro built, Classic built. He explains, “Street Rods are not really chopper. They have a bit of retro look, but at the same time cannot be classified as one. Retro built is 70 percent customization and Classic is mainly the outer body customization,”

Customised BulletCustomised Bullet

Whilst most part of the customization is done by Ricardo himself, he makes sure that everything is precision made. “For me, it's not just about customizing but changing the over all look-and-feel factor about the bike. Sometimes, I even go back to the drawing board to start all over again. My mechanical books help me sometimes, but most of it I decide while working on the bike,” says Ricardo 

A complete renovation for a Street Rod will take about 90 days, Ricardo makes sure that the client knows what they are asking for. “Street Rods are just not about designs, but also the power. It’s a complete make over of the bike. I don’t believe in cosmetic modifications. It’s for a short term, which is what I like to do in Classic built,” explains Ricardo. Ask him about his favorite models by Royal Enfield, he answers, “I love the 80’s. There is something nice about these bikes.”

He continues, “I’ve owned three bikes so far. Two of it was 84 models - Gaso and Rolling Stones. I got the other one from my Dad.” Royal Enfield has rated one of his Street Rods as the top-three custom bikes in the country, and has offered him the opportunity to display the bike in Rider Mania. “Recently, I got a call from Royal Enfield to display one of my bikes in Goa, but the client I have sold my bike to is in Nagaland; too far a place for me to bring the bike here (laughs).” He calls himself a one-man-army, but hopes to expand. “Except Khan, my assistant, I don’t have anybody who works with me. It’s all done by me – right from sketching the design to assembling”. “I want to make bikes that has got universal appeal – give the respect that Royal Enfield Bullets deserve. In the long run, I want to have workshops organized that will give an insight to bike customization,” adds Ricardo.

It all starts from the drawing board. To renovate the bike, Ricardo can strip it back to the bare frame, then repaint it in the colour of your choice and completely rebuild it. Original Parts are then fitted, which can be also be customized according to the specifications. Some of the basic modifications include customizing the fairing, open chain cover and new alignment to accommodate broader tyres. “The customization depends a lot on the specifications. Just increasing the BHP of the bike doesn’t make it a Harley, nay, that’s not my intention. I want my bike to look very personal and not like something else,” said Ricardo. 
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Tags: royal enfield bullet, custom made bikes, rider mania, street rods


ajay Jul 28th, 2011 02:30 PM

whts ur address dude nd whts the cost of the uppr bullet

Rajeev Singh Jul 02nd, 2011 07:57 PM

I am looking for twin cylinder, twin exhaust old model Bullet, can you suggest, if you have any one of those.. what would it cost to me...?
Rajeev Singh

Mohammed Ali May 04th, 2011 05:35 AM

Ricardo your the best....

vijay Mar 21st, 2011 01:21 AM

i want to get my bike customized from the scratch in real cheap ....please help me out as i m new bie..

taminder Feb 27th, 2011 02:57 AM

i want to get my bullet customized tell me how

mohankrishnadurgam Jan 27th, 2011 07:28 AM

let me help u. next time run ur article by sumone else. it will help to understand better. any way, i'm there in feb 11. second week. need to meet u.

sri Jan 10th, 2011 06:03 PM

its very nice..........

rakesh Dec 29th, 2010 11:25 AM

the is sooooooo good.its fantastic than the other bikes

Sudhir Anand Nov 26th, 2010 11:59 PM

Stunning, the write-up, the photos and of course the customizations. Though into cars now, looking at the amazing set of bullets has made me think again...

Jiby Charles Nov 26th, 2010 09:51 PM

Wow!! truly Amazing  :)  Keep it up Mr.Ricardo 

Leonie Nov 26th, 2010 07:21 PM

Superb ! Ricardo

me Nov 26th, 2010 04:40 PM

dear nishal lama, love the topic and the bikes more. but your article almost killed it. if you look up the meaning of the words "fatal accident" you'd know why. let me help you a bit: accident 
run your article by someone the next time... coz a badly written article spoils the content for most readers. 

Rishika Nov 26th, 2010 04:14 PM

Wow... Great Stuff !!!

Shiv Nov 26th, 2010 03:38 PM

JJ, may be of interest to you, Cheers.

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