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, 11 September 2010

.....and so it begins

Well, good people, the time has come. A few hours this morning has seen the 350 go from a clean, gentleman's commuter to an instant Brat style contender. Because of the long period these bikes have been in production it seems that any problems in assembly have been ironed out, as the tear down was a breeze. It really underlines the fact that a rigid conversion could be carried out over a weekend if the parts were to hand.
Still undecided what to do with the gearbox post, the angle always seems incongruous to me and matches no other line of the bike, it's pretty damn structural so cutting it out is a non-starter, mayhap a wraparound dummy oiltank/battery box, maybe not ????.
Some of the bits that have come off will be refurbished and go onto The Marauder for next year's pre-summer tart up. If anybody wants any of the bits give me a shout and we'll come to some sort of arrangement.


  1. hell yeah c'mon QM... the weekend aint over yet... more... more

  2. good luck, have fun

  3. That strip was such a tease... you dirty bastard!

  4. Looking back over the picture sequence I think the best bit was when the tax disc came off.