AHMEDABAD: Combining his passion for bikes and designing, city-based Ajay Kandre, a mechanical engineer, has turned a rugged 350 cc bike into a lightweight stylized cruiser. With the help of Wahid chacha, a custom motorcycle fabricator in Shahpur, and two of his friends in National Institute of Design (NID) Gandhinagar Deepak Nathan and Krishna Govekar – Kandre achieved his dream of having a bike of his own style inspired by a German dragster.
“Right from early days I was inclined towards motorcycle customization. I decided to leave my job and start building motorcycles. My parents motivated me to achieve my goal. For six months I learnt all that there was to know about motorcycle customization.Then, I decided to customize my own bike,” says Kandre, who designed the bike in a year’s time.
Kandre, the son of a police sub-inspector in Kalupur further said, “My aim was to make it as light as possible, and keep the weight close to the source bike and improve the seating position, thus making it more comfortable for long rides. Almost 80% parts were manufactured in-house.”
To achieve his goal, Kandre used a 200 mm width rear broad tyre with single side support swing-arm, and put in front and rear disk brakes, increased rack angle, besides getting a low seating position.”For many bike parts I had to make virtual models using CAD (computer-aided design). I then got them computer numerical controlled (CNC) milled,” adds Kandre.
He later designed the final transmission belt drive, triple tree, forward gear and brake controls system.