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These Cool Custom Royal Enfield Interceptor Bikes are Built to Race

The retro-styled Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is one of the coolest British heritage-inspired motorbikes around. With history dating back to 1901, Royal Enfield boasts of being the oldest motorcycle brand in the world still in production. These days their bikes are built in India, where British Colonial nostalgia runs high, and have a strong following all over the world.

Among its many initiatives Stateside is Build Train Race, a grassroots racing program developed to "empower, inspire and unite female motorcyclists everywhere." Under its auspices four women were selected to develop Royal Enfield Interceptors into flat track racers in just three short months. 

While the racing dates have been delayed due to current events, the badass bikes, ranging in style from classic café racer to something a bit groovier, are more than ready to roll. The goal, the brand says, was to "give them the same starting point (an Interceptor 650) and the same endpoint and let them develop their own interpretations of what a flat tracker should look and perform like." 

Our favorite is #31, built by Jillian Deschenes, an amateur flat track racer from Minnesota who also happens to be a nurse. Her bike blends Royal Enfield's British pedigree with the sleek lines of a traditional flat track racer.

#88, built by photographer Lanakila MacNaughton of Portland, Oregon, is likewise classic in spirit but a bit more modern and menacing, bridging the gap between street and track. MacNaughton is the founder of the Women's Moto Exhibit.

And #23, by Toronto-based garage owner and artist Andrea Lothrop takes its inspiration from the 1968 Interceptor, with an era-appropriate paintjob. And this one has a name as well—aptly enough, "Dopesmoker."