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.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

I have seen the light............

Going through some back issues of GK the other morning, when, somewhere in the middle of issue 8 I experienced an epiphany. The overall style of the Bullet has been flying 'round in my head for some months now, things come and go but nothing firm. Then I saw Andy Salt's Ironhead Sporty and that's nailed it. A big thumbs up to Guy for mailing me these two pix.

I've always had a thing for early dirt bikes, particularly trials bikes and flat trackers from the immediate post war period. So the blending of these forms with the custom twist on top should sit quite well. Polished aluminium and liquid black paint, bloody timeless that is.

This M33 defines one edge of the styling window frame, beautiful bike but too competition orientated. Although the valanced alloy rims and the purposeful simplicity are great styling cues.

This early "Colonial Style" Triumph sets the other edge of the design possibilities. The high pipe is definitely going on, and we're going to be rollin' on alloy rims, 16 back with a 21 pointing the way, as well as trying to maintain a restorer's eye for detail.


  1. Now that's what I call a tank - the one on the sporty, and it would grace any Bullet. What kind of bike was it off?

  2. Off road Beezer at a guess mate, B44 something like that.