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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Bartlett's

Another motorcycle store of the 1910's in Great Portland Street. Today it is a vacant storefront.

Friday, May 26, 2017

BOBMC 2017

The Brotherhood Of Bulleteers Motorcycling Consortium rode this month.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The 1896 restructuring

"The Enfield Manufacturing Company was formed in 1893 for the sale of the Enfield and Royal Enfield Cycles in the British Isles, while on the Continent of Europe and other parts of the Globe the sale of these cycles remained the exclusive property of the Eadie Manufacturing Company Limitied... The New Enfield Cycle Company Limited is formed with the object of separating the manufacture and sale of Enfield Cycles from that of Eadie Fittings and Cycle Components." From The Glasgow Herald, July 6th, 1896.





The first Sport Enfield

"When a firm that hitherto has devoted its energies mainly to the production of utility machines turns its attention to the designing of a sporting mount, one is naturally interested to observe the manner in which the problem has been tackled."

It was tackled with a 350cc OHV single with a bore and stroke of 70x90mm. Essentially, a modern Bullet was being born in 1923!

Monday, May 22, 2017

1977, USA.

We have chronicled the history of Royal Enfield in the USA. After the closure of the factory in the UK in 1970 we thought that not much more (apart from used sales) happened in the US till 1997, when Marty and Debbie Scott decided to import Enfields from India. It was a big undertaking, as approvals of the Department and Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency were needed and these are complex and expensive.

But now we unearth this November 1977 issue of Cycle World. In it, a piece about an Enfield India 350, available through a distributor in California! We have not been able to unearth further information. The article is a bit too full of cliches about India in it, starting from the title (and with someone dressed up as Sherlock Holmes riding), but apart from that it is a quite positive and decent article about the bike. Sorry for the rather distorted pictures of the pages, if you click to enlarge they can be read.
There seems to be no trace left of "Ricky Racer" in Pomona and 444A East Monterey seems to be a parking lot today. How he got the bikes DOT and EPA approved for sale in the US is another Enfield mystery!



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