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, 24 August 2010

Possible change of plan

This is the 350 Bullet that I bought about 4 months ago off of DB'er Largo down in Dover. The original plan was to use this whilst work was being carried out on the Madras Marauder. The performance is uninspiring to say the least, probably not a lot slower than the 500 top end wise, as long as you've got a while to get there.
Thinking about the decision taken recently about going the black and aluminium route, it is likely that the bike will end up at least 50 pounds lighter (25 kg in new money), making for a performance increase. There is also, of course, lots of stuff in the Hitchcock's catalogue that will breath a little more fire into it's belly.
Using this as a base to start from also means that things can get under way a bit sooner. Originally I was going to get everything ready before starting, to keep the down time to a minimum. That would no longer be an issue, and work can start before the fabled hardtail becomes available.
This is really beginning to sound like a plan.

Anybody want any stock Bullet bits ??????


  1. Excellent news Mister!
    I'd have the silencer off you?

  2. Too small for your 535 I think mate, Inch and a half instead of inch and three quarter. However if it can be made to fit then you own it.

  3. Cheers Brian, I'm just curious to see what it'll sound like compared to the old torpedo one.