This Indian Chief Vintage Cafe Racer Is Dominating The European Custom Motorcycle Show Scene

Engina, the custom Scout that’s winning shows left and right

In September of last year, the Engina custom build—which, believe it or not, is based on an Indian Chief Vintage—was unveiled at the Glemseck 101 event and immediately blew away its competition. Stunt girl and model Mai-Lin Senf rode the café racer-style custom in the “Clash of Legends” race. But that was just the beginning. Since then Engina has cleaned house at various sprint and design contests; it also just achieved a landmark accomplishment—winning at the Custom Show Emirates in Abu Dhabi.

Engina’s Abu Dhabi victory is a big deal because a lot of its other conquests took place in Europe. In Germany, it picked up the winning trophy at the Custom Show in Dortmund and won Best Streetbike at the Berliner Motorrad Tage motorcycle show in Berlin.

Elsewhere in Europe, the café racer also caused a ruckus, winning the prestigious Ferro dell’Anno award at the Motor Bike Expo in Verona, Italy, in the Best Professional category. At the Swiss Custom Show in Zürich, Engina secured first prize—giving it a ticket for the internationally acclaimed Custom Show Emirates in Abu Dhabi. On this world stage last weekend, Engina competed in the V2 Custom Class—with a sensational result, taking second place.

All of this adds up to a kill streak across the pond. Hopefully it’s enough to bring the bike Stateside so we Yankee folk can see it in action locally.

1.8-liter V-twin

The powerful 1.8-liter V-twin is a combination of the classic Indian look and state-of-the-art technology.

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Brembo braking system

A Brembo braking system delivers the stopping power to the custom-made Kineo rims.

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Engina Indian cafe racer

Danny Schramm from Schrammwerk was responsible for the striking headdress paint job in red and white, taking on the colors of the Indian and Louis brands.

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UNO lightweight frame

It all fits into a new UNO lightweight frame, and the high-performance chassis now has a new upside-down fork.

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engina indian cafe racer exhaust

A new header from STparts with a Shark silencer makes sure the 125-hp power package also has the sound to match.

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custom gas tank

For the headlight bezel, seat, and tank, Louis called in Michael Naumann. The customizing specialist has already picked up numerous awards for his custom creations and enhanced the minimalist design from Louis gearhead crew member Kay Blanke.

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Engina indian cafe racer back wheel

The bike’s overall build was undertaken by Detlef Stüdemann and Martin Struckmann from the Louis gearhead crew.

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Wilbers rear shock absorber

Up close with the Wilbers rear shock absorber.

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Gilles stub handlebar

How you get a grip on the Gilles stub handlebar.

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