Thursday, July 24, 2014

At Powderham Church

From "The Motor Cycle" September 13th 1917, in a story about touring in Southern Devon, a stop at Powderham Church
The yews are still there, somewhat bigger, but the hedgerow seems gone,

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

More on Colombia

At first I didn't understand what the fuss was all about with the new distributor in Colombia. After all, Royal Enfield has been in Colombia since 2010. But during those years they imported bikes from India. Now they are planning to import completely knocked down (CKD) kits. Readers may remember that this is how manufacture of Royal Enfields in India started. Later, more and more components were built locally until complete bikes were built. Is history about to repeat itself in Latin America? Colombia has recently surpassed Argentina as the second largest economy in South America. Now, I don't know all the details, but Colombia is a member of the Pacific Alliance, a trade bloc that includes, Chile, Mexico and Peru. Colombia also has a free trade agreement with the US so that may position it as an ideal place to produce bikes for export in the Americas.  Is that the Enfield strategy behind this move?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

42 Guineas

According to this, a Pound of 1917 would be worth 37.50 Pounds of today, and given that a Guinea was 1.05 Pounds, that would make your 2.5 hp Enfield worth about US$2596. Not a bad price!

Friday, July 18, 2014

New distributor in Colombia

It was announced that the Corbeta Group will now distribute Royal Enfield motorcycles in Colombia. The news has spread wildly. If you google "Corbeta Group" today you get nothing but five pages of links to news articles announcing the Enfield deal

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


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