Thursday, March 26, 2015


Great Portland Street seems to have been a hotbed of motorcycling in the 1910's. In number 173 was Rey's, where you could buy a Royal Enfield. In 208 was Godfrey's, in 100-136 was Maude's (also sold Enfields). Today 173 is a pharmacy and there are no motorcycle shops in the street anymore. Perhaps as a tribute, parking in front of it is for motorcycles only.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Gaekwad of Baroda

His grandson becomes acquainted with a motorcycle on a Harley-Davidson. He should have chosen a Royal Enfield. From "The Motor Cycle" June 15th 1916. Interesting comment about motorcycling in India at that time. And the caption probably meant the grandson of the Maharaja Gaekwad of Baroda.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

Dual sidecar

David Blasco at has a post about "Royal Enfield sidecar ideas you never thought of". And although indeed I had never thought of the idea of a dual sidecar, someone else had. In fact the article claims that as early as 1903 there was an article about one in The Motor Cycle. This particular one was attached to a Royal Enfield 6hp, for which as we all know, nothing was impossible. Alas, the article claims that having four wheels means the vehicle will be taxed as a car, which detracted from one of the main advantages of a sidecar rig, at least at that time in the UK.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Our Guy in India in Rider Mania

We had mentioned that the UK TV show "Our Guy in India" was going to Rider Mania. Here is the video.


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