In 2002 the concept of motorcycle customisation graced our shores with a popular reality series that featured bike builders like Indian Larry, Billy Lane, Arlen Ness, Matt Hotch, Shinya Kimura and many more. This show had got a lot of us kids exited but made a hell of an impression on the mind of Nikesh Rajan. Hailing from Gods own country, Kerala, his home state didn't offer too many great options for customization, so, Nikesh decided to do it himself. He transformed his Harley-Davidson® Sportster 48 into a Bobber and was awarded the best customized Sportster of the year at India Bike Week 2014. At that event he shared a room with a fellow HOG rider Neel Urumese and very soon they realized that they had a common Vision to "Build Bikes that can Be Ridden". Partnering with him was instant and rest is history, that was the birth of GODSPEED CUSTOMS in 2014.
His first build that won him the best customized Sportster of the year at India Bike Week 2014 and the build was done on the ride itself. The next project this time done together with Neel was a Harley-Davidson® Fatboy Bagger which won the Best Custom Bike at Southern HOG Rally 2014 and they also won the best customized bike of the year with a Harley-Davidson® Superlow at India Bike Week 2015.
Bike building is still a passion for them as it is still not their main profession, so these guys don't do it for money. They say they want to be known for "hand-fabbed, hard-ridden, real-world motorcycles, all show-winning bikes are festooned with trinkets and farkles, but often one wonders if a little less would have made it a little more "Motorcycle". The restraint required to critique one's own work with a realistic eye and say, "That's enough" or, "That's just too much" is usually the difference between a bike that looks like a Christmas tree and one that is a work of art."
Their favorite motorcycle for customization is the Harley-Davidson® Sportster as it provides a perfect canvas for their style.