Built as a tribute to RD fans with inspiration fueled by the work and ideology of Khalil Gibran this outstanding RD350 Cafe Racer took the proud first place at Bike Build Off during India Bike Week 2017. The builder and the author of the concept is Mohit Chawda from 36 Moto workshop (former Deccan Custom Motorcycles).
In 2016 Mohit also exhibited his then-build at the same event but only for the show. However, in 2017 he leveled up his ambitions and participated in Bike Build Off Challenge. Arrow (that took 23 days and most surely sleepless nights to finish) won the competition giving the builder recognition and appreciation he deserves.
The name 'Arrow' comes from the philosophy that your creations are like arrows you shoot to be your extension in the world. Well, it's an art and I believe every artist feels this way.
23 days isn't that much time to start a new ground-up project and it wasn't necessary - a few minor modifications to the stock Yamaha RD350 frame were enough to set the bike for intended stance and farther refinement.
Naming bike Arrow, Mohit also has recreated what the build symbolizes in its design. Take a look at the top end - joint tank and fairing along with handcrafted wooden cafe seat - it's a clear arrow-shaped construction finished with appropriate painting.
RD350 "Arrow" Cafe Racer retains its authentic kickstarter. Beautiful emotions come from that process, says the builder, and he likes it this way. Mohit also prefers to have fewer switches on a bike. This one's got only one - the kill switch.
Check out some other characteristics below.
Headlight and tail-light: Single LED projector lamp and LED fitted under the seat tail
Suspension: Inverted forks and mono suspension at the rear
Tyres: Ceat Vertigo
Brake: 300mm front, 240mm rear
Battery: battery box located underneath the tail
Air filter: UNI Performance Air Filter
Exhaust: custom-made out of 36 pieces of different sizes welded together, giving the bike a very special and unique feature
Paint: Retro two-tone silver and gold
Pictures by Arsh Mehdi.