Evance and I go way back and it would suffice to say that we spent our puberty hit years together. Although extremely quiet, he happens to be one of the more eccentric people I’ve met in my life. His Hero Impulse justifies that rightly so. He came to us with a tight budget and zero creative constraint. I’d take that any day over the other way around.
Dirt trackers were a style of motorcycles that evolved out of a style of racing where motorcycles mostly went sideways. The Impulse, although essentially a Splendor, shows true promise and character of being a proper off-roader. So the mission was simple: 1) Strip everything. 2) Slap an ultra lean tank on. 3) Voila, time to jump a few ramps. I wish.
We followed steps one and two on point. As we did that, we started to uncover the clutter under the layers and layer of plastic. As we set out to rearrange the electronics, filter we started getting a little crazy with the sub-frame. In the middle of a week long dilemma of wether we needed a tubing bender, Rameshbhai decided to go at the old-school way. And boy did he succeed. Also, the only part I CAD-ed was this funky little fender.
This was an easy bike to disassemble for paint because of the minimum of components. The black came out brilliant and the green even better. Minimalistic chrome and buffed aluminium provides for subtle yet strong accentuates to completing the package.
Evance’s instagram helped with putting in the personalisation touches and we finished the project in record time. The mechanic did have to have to take a last look at the carb and clutch but except for that the bike ran great, the custom made exhaust pipe and muffler providing a warm fuzzy 150cc braaaap.
Some motorcycles make you want to go faster. Some make you go fast. Even with it’s ultra shiny bits, this one makes you want to drive off the road. And you wouldn’t care if the paint gets dirty. I can say this without even ever getting the chance to drive it.