Customization of two-wheelers is fast catching up in India. And I am not just talking about simple bolt-on mods like the one you saw on the Bajaj Dominar 400 but proper transformation jobs that give the bike an all-new meaning. One such craftsmanship comes from AfterLife. Based out of Gurgaon and the brain child of Nikhil Verma, Nikhil Sharma and Nitin Sharma, these chaps gave a new lease of life to the good old Hero Honda Karizma.
Its called the Vendatta and bears no resemblance with the bike it is based on. The aim was to come up with a relatively light weight scrambler with enough power on tap for most users. The bike had to shed a lot of weight and this along with replacement of other parts meant Vendatta, once made, would share just the engine and a part of the original chassis with the Karizma.
Don’t believe me? Here is what all got replaced
- Front suspension : from KTM (inverted)
- Headlamp : Yamaha RX 100
- Front brake calliper : KTM front brake calliper
- Front wheel rim : Impulse 150 rear wheel rim
- Front wheel hub : From the Bajaj Avenger 220
- Front disc : Disc was built to specification from china
- Fuel Tank : Old Yamaha RD 350 (1984) tank, restored and created new
- Air filter : K&N RC 1060 series
- Seat: Hand built with embedded silicone gel.
- Tail Lamp : Aftermarket (China)
- Exhaust assembly : Hand Built in Aluminium and Steel
- Foot rest frames : Hand built in Aluminium Al 6061
- Rear Wheel Rim : Built in steel ( From our product range)
- Rear disc: Karizma
- Rear brake calliper : Nissin callipers
- Front and rear fender: Hand built in steel.
- Rear Wheel Hub : Royal Enfield thunderbird
- Side panels : Hand built in steel
- Battery space : Created in the old air filter box
- Engine protection plate : Hand built in steel
- Rear Suspension : Bajaj Pulsar 135
- Handle bar : Honda Impulse 150
Phew, that is a lot work gone in there. AfterLife made sure that not only did the parts look great, they were functional and made with the highest accuracy. For example, the cone for the handle T was made in steel of the highest grade by using the lathe machine and getting the data from the chassis of the original motorcycle itself.
A good looking bike is supposed to sound great. Thankfully, Vendatta will turn heads even before people see it! A lot of time was spent making sure the sound was perfect without being too loud and overall performance far better than the original bike. Every kilogram lost is performance gained and the Karizma did manage to shed a lot of weight. This coupled with a K&N filter and specially made free flow exhaust (made from 36 different pieces) with a DB killer means Vendatta is quick on her toes.
I will the images do the talking. Sweet!