The bike kinda builds itself,
all I do is put it together.

The contents of this blog is a record of work carried out by the author and other third party information and pictures gleaned from various sources on the internet. It is published for academic interest and entertainment only. It is neither suggested or intended that any work or modifications shown here are to be carried out by any party reading the blog.

The Hitchcock Rigid Conversion

Mission Statement

This blog has been set up as a record of my attempt to build a cool Bobber style bike out of the Royal Enfield Bullet. With the cost of genuine early British and American bikes and parts spiralling upwards in the face of the current global economic climate, building a retro style custom is rapidly becoming cost prohibitive. Initially, there will be a period of accruing parts and information as the bike I intend to re-create is my daily rider.
I have heard so many horror stories about the Indian made Bullet from people who's mate used to have one, that I have lost count. All I can say is that I have covered over 20,000 miles on mine in the last three and a half years, and feel happy that it is quite capable of doing another 20.
So if you like the idea or just curious, you are welcome to come along for the ride.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

........and then there's the other way.

Peter gave me the heads up on this bike listed on the bay. Starting price of one thousand pounds, surprisingly no bids at the moment. It's listed as a Bobber, now that will raise a few eyebrows in parts of this parish that's for sure. I'm not knocking the guy's efforts here, beauty in the eye of the beholder and all that, but this bike represents the very antithesis of we're trying to achieve here.

A recurring theme that seems to run through virtually every custom Enfield on here so far, is that people don't want to change major components and are prepared to live with the standard offerings. This is reminiscent of the 70's when loads of Trumpets and Beezers suffered the indignity of slugged forks, high bars and a seat with a backrest, all in the name of Chopperdom.
It's almost as though the Bullet is not generally regarded as a contender for customisation, this will be changed.


  1. a fantastic example of what not to do.....

    and dont start me on the 'Bobber' label... ;)

  2. I get the impression that people think if you put a solo seat on, it makes your bike, regardless of what it is, into a 'bobber'.. a bit like that t-shirt that reads "instant arsehole - just add alcohol". I'm just wondering why the grips and pegs aren't dayglo orange as well!