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Vroom with a view

Want a super-bike but can’t afford it? Modifying a basic model can make it look just as good.

autos Updated: Aug 19, 2010 02:27 IST
Debjeet Kundu

Always dreamt of a Hayabusa, but ended up buying a 100CC motorbike? That’s the case with most of us, for the simple reason that the pocket doesn’t permit it. But that doesn’t mean the world can’t see you riding one. Thanks to affordable custom modifications, even your four year-old bike can be turned into a gleaming Ducati. The good news — most workshops that offer these services are just round the corner.

Ride your dream
“Anything you want,” is how Ali of Gupta Auto Deal in Karol Bagh likes to put it. “R 10,000 se leke R 50,000 tak ke design hote hai [From R 10,000 to R 50,000 — you’ll get all kinds of designs],” adds his partner Sunder, proudly presenting 12-15 pictures of different designs that they have created — full-bodied Yamaha R1s, Honda CBRs... and more.

While you decide what you want your ‘new’ bike look like, experts here will not cheat you. “If you have a three year-old Caliber [the one this scribe enquired about], why should you waste money creating a robust bike?” advises Lucky of Lucky Auto Accessories. “The best is to go for a dirt-track racing bike look, and will cost you just R 7,000.”

The pictures are not the only aids for you to determine your bike model; some even have miniature 3D toys! “Not every one of these can be made, but a few of them are available with us,” says Sunny of New Friends Accessories, showing an Aprilia RSV miniature. “Models like this, or a Hayabusa will cost around R 25,000,” he says, adding that the trend of modifying bikes picked up after the Bollywood blockbuster Dhoom. One can also go in for filter and exhaust changes to enhance the performance. And not only bikes, even your cars can be re-done. “Sedans are particularly good to work upon, but we modify small cars, too,” informs Kunwar of Janx Car World.