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Now THIS is what we want to have a go on next – this absolutely gorgeous mash-up between a KTM Duke 390 and a Yamaha RD350.

This special has been built in India by Aseem Singh Pawar and is officially called the RD-Duke.

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Pawar (pictured below) lovingly calls his bike the ‘Flying Sikh’ and has done all of the work himself as part of his company, Inline3.

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The frame has had to be modified to take the 45bhp, USA-spec RD screamer and there’s been a lot of neat updating to the bodywork (all made out of hand-beaten metal), it took Pawar two years to build. He said: “It’s been a very stressful journey at times because I have had to learn so much as I am going along. It took me three months to fabricate the engine mounts alone and the bodywork was all new to me because I have never worked with metal like this before.”

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We love this bike. Made by a kid who learnt how to do it as he went along and the end result is a screamer two-stroke in a great chassis that looks stunning. We need more of this sort of thing in the motorcycle universe. There, we said it.

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What do you think?

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Tony Carter

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