BAAK Motocyclettes Builds A Righteous Royal Enfield Custom

Based on an Interceptor 650, Gallinella melds old and new.

That’s a Royal Enfield? Yup. The neo-retro (and retro-neo) _Gallinella_ is based on an Interceptor 650.
That's a Royal Enfield? Yup. The neo-retro (and retro-neo) Gallinella is based on an Interceptor 650.Courtesy BAAK Motocyclettes

One of Europe's iconic summer motorcycle festivals, Wheels and Waves is centered around classic and custom bikes and the eighth edition had more than its share of radical builds—including the one you're looking at here. A joint effort between Royal Enfield and BAAK Motocyclettes, the bike dubbed Gallinella is a refined throwback with elegant, handcrafted lines ladled onto a factory-ready platform.

Signature feature on this build? The swoopy, handcrafted so-called bathtub rear fairing, a version of which was popular on 1950s-era European Triumphs and BSAs (but not so much in the US market).
Signature feature on this build? The swoopy, handcrafted so-called bathtub rear fairing, a version of which was popular on 1950s-era European Triumphs and BSAs (but not so much in the US market).Courtesy BAAK Motocyclettes

BAAK Motocyclettes has been at this for a while now—the Lyon, France-based shop has cranked out multiple builds over the last few years that inject modern OE bikes with a classic sensibility, but with a prototype-level of execution. The builds we’ve seen are seamless, meticulously crafted works, some even featuring plug-and-play parts that can be adapted to the stock bikes, and this INT650 is no exception.

Sans rear fender: Founder Remi Reguin admires the shop’s handiwork before the final defining piece gets slotted into place.
Sans rear fender: Founder Remi Reguin admires the shop’s handiwork before the final defining piece gets slotted into place.Courtesy BAAK Motocyclettes

Gallinella is undeniably retro yet somehow contemporary, and it's BAAK's first bike based on the Royal Enfield 650 Interceptor twin. The flared, skirted rear fender strikes an unusual profile no matter how you squint at it, riffing on a trend that was popular in 1950s-and-'60s-era Triumphs and BSAs in Europe, which often had fully enclosed rear ends called "bathtubs."

That rear piece was entirely shaped by hand in house from aluminum to give this Royal Enfield a truly unique style.
That rear piece was entirely shaped by hand in house from aluminum to give this Royal Enfield a truly unique style.Courtesy BAAK Motocyclettes

Those metal-heavy rears—some totally covered, others less conspicuous (called "bikinis")—never caught on in the US, probably because they made it a real pain to service the bikes. But in Gallinella's case, the rear fender concept is trimmer in execution than the original, going for more modern proportions. This mash-up of old and new is a hallmark of BAAK builds, and the approach feels like a great fit for the back-to-basics vibe of the Interceptor 650 platform, though the folks at BAAK say the actual aluminum "bathtub" bodywork (as well as other parts) took some time to create and shape.

BAAK is a full-service shop that creates bespoke pieces for bikes (including this flat black leather seat), sometimes working directly with manufacturers to create bolt-on pieces for current models.
BAAK is a full-service shop that creates bespoke pieces for bikes (including this flat black leather seat), sometimes working directly with manufacturers to create bolt-on pieces for current models.Courtesy BAAK Motocyclettes

That funky rear fairing, it turns out, was the masterpiece of the project, into which the team put all kinds of design and manufacturing effort. It's also notable for the fact that it goes in the opposite direction of the current trend of stripping down motorcycles, but that's a whole other story.

BAAK’s own prototype stainless bars made the cut, with levers provided by Kustom Tech and Biltwell’s Renegade grips at the end. The headlight brackets hold built-in LED indicators.
BAAK’s own prototype stainless bars made the cut, with levers provided by Kustom Tech and Biltwell’s Renegade grips at the end. The headlight brackets hold built-in LED indicators.Courtesy BAAK Motocyclettes

Staying true to form, the entire build mixes classic parts as well as current custom pieces, with bits like a retro-flavored Lucas P700 headlamp and a modern Motogadget speedo, both nestled in the headlight shell. The custom-made aluminum rear fairing also holds a classic round taillight, while BAAK’s own N°1 brushed stainless steel handlebars with aluminum clamps make an appearance too, serving as a mount for Kustom Tech clutch and front brake levers.

The classic headlamp case gets retro Lucas P700 optics up front and a modern Motogadget speedometer built into the top; the ignition switch got moved under the fuel tank.
The classic headlamp case gets retro Lucas P700 optics up front and a modern Motogadget speedometer built into the top; the ignition switch got moved under the fuel tank.Courtesy BAAK Motocyclettes

Gallinella might as well be a rolling preview of plug-and-play parts BAAK is designing for the stock Royal Enfield Interceptor/Continental GT 650 machines too, such as those wide stainless steel handlebars, the leather seat, classic headlight, and custom controls. The goal, BAAK says, was for a complete, harmonious build rather than just a parts-bin bolt-on of other manufacturers' parts, so the team specifically designed and created many of the components just for this project.

The custom-painted red and white classic rolls on Dunlop Roadmaster 18-inch tires, with Big Body shock absorbers courtesy of the Shock Factory.
The custom-painted red and white classic rolls on Dunlop Roadmaster 18-inch tires, with Big Body shock absorbers courtesy of the Shock Factory.Courtesy BAAK Motocyclettes

These guys are French, so of course there was a movie featuring this particular build filmed during the Wheels and Waves Festival in case you'd like to see the thing in action. In fact, I found something like three or four movies, all Truffaut-quality, each endowed with top-shelf edits and gorgeous orchestration, included on the press kit too. So we waded through them all and picked the shortest one here; enjoy…

For more information, visit baakmotocyclettes.com.

Royal Enfield’s 650cc twin is framed by that funky bathtub fender and a pair of shorty custom exhausts.
Royal Enfield’s 650cc twin is framed by that funky bathtub fender and a pair of shorty custom exhausts.Courtesy BAAK Motocyclettes
This flat leather seat is just one of the custom pieces BAAK made in-house just for the project. It offers kits on its site for several OEM models.
This flat leather seat is just one of the custom pieces BAAK made in-house just for the project. It offers kits on its site for several OEM models.Courtesy BAAK Motocyclettes
Gallinella sitting pretty in a French (we’re assuming) field.
Gallinella sitting pretty in a French (we're assuming) field.Courtesy BAAK Motocyclettes