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.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

.....and the crowd yelled out for more

Well Rowan did any way. Seeing as the front end has got to come out to offer up the Triumph 3HW girders when I get them, I figured that they might as well come out this morning allowing the opportunity to check out the alloy yokes that have been slumbering in The Bullet Bank for long enough now.

Pretty straightforward job although the drive side leg was pretty tight to unscrew from the casquette.

The new yokes are made as well as they look, and assembled real easy, with all dimensions seeming to be spot on. Amazing the difference removing that iconic casquette makes to the look of the bike already.

Before the front wheel was put back in the single sided hub was offered up to check for fit. Everything seemed OK other than the brake anchor slot being a smidgeon tight on the leg. Maybe a millimetre out of the slot, maybe kiss the tab on the leg with a file.

Front wheel back in, and an old set of bars on to enable the plot to be moved about. Looking reasonable at this stage.

Back on the deck with an old Bantam tank thrown on for appearance sake. Ground clearance looks somewhat excessive, which is hardly surprising as they are made for trials conversions. Overall though it's not looking too desperate, albeit in a Street Scrambler stylee.



  1. come on mate... tear that arse end off.. hahaha... will it sit lower with the hardtail ??

    last time i had the front wheel out of one it looked like i needed to shave the brake hub tab to re-fit it !! , its very deceptive !!!

  2. Dunno Rowan, I think Hitchcock's worked the back end geometry around the standard axle position.
    Them Girders will dump the mofo though.