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.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Thinking about tanks

Been thinking about potential petrol tanks over the last couple of days. Staying with the mantra "Light is right" it's definitely going to be made from aluminium. This trials tank is in the Hitchcock's catalogue, certainly a nice narrow affair, but I am not totally convinced by the overall shape.
I have always liked the shape of the early Bantam tank, as shown in the last picture in the fork yoke sequence. I have spoken to John at The Tank Shop and it wouldn't be a problem to make something along those lines, the problem lays in the time he is quoting.
Of course the Hitchcock's one will bolt straight on and is available, wish I could get my hands on one to look at properly.

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