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.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Oh Hell Yeah Baby

It was an early finish at work today, so it was a good opportunity to get down and dirty with Mr Makita, it was getting obvious that the time was right to do that thing.

The bike was hauled up onto a paddock stand and strapped down. Exhaust, chain and back wheel came off in pretty sharp order. I was going to whip the swinging arm out as well but the spindle seemed to be pretty happy where it was. I will have to get it out as it will be handy to use when setting up the single sided rear hub, as there are one or two differences between that and the later full width unit.

The welds holding the back end assembly on at the top tube were ground through using a thin cutting disc on the angle grinder. Two through studs were removed along with the footrest support bar. The rear section was then lifted clear.

After cleaning up the tube around the cut area the hardtail was offered up. This lined up with little effort, allowing the through studs to be refitted.This in turn aligns the top bracket for drilling, this was duly done and the whole plot tightened up.

This is what we're talking about, a long way to go but the foundations have been laid, Oh hell yeah baby


  1. Nae messing Brian! Looks compact and tidy. Are the top bolts through a solid bit?

  2. Yeah, there's a machined collar that sits around the top tube and the tabs of the chainstay are set into it. Still might weld the mofo though.

  3. lookin good mate... def the way to go..

  4. looks well with the bantam tank just needs a tweek or two i do like the simpler idea of the extended swing arm on the farm bike earlier in the blog 500 quid for the ridgid back end makes a 800 quid bike expensive? g