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, 3 October 2010

The Next Step

Well, it was always gonna be a test of the hardtail's accuracy in manufacture. The time has/had come to whip the lump out. Luckily enough Craig chose this weekend to come for a check on progress.

All oil was drained from the various plugs underneath, in the handy cat litter tray, along with the primary oil. Two things worthy of mention here; firstly, the Enfield primary case has gotta be the best ever made!!! Single bolt fixing and it don't leak....period! Secondly, I might skank it for The Marauder as the black primary cover is kinda nice.

Alternator and clutch were removed, 'fess up here, I bought a couple of tools here to make life easier. The pleasure and ease is appreciated long after the price is forgotten. Luckily Craig had a trolley jack that replaced Chennai's stout wooden block in the scheme of things, taking the weight of the motor as the front engine plates were removed.

The rest of the engine studs were removed, basically tapped with a small rubber mallet to get things moving, and then extracted by hand. All in all, the hardtail is a well developed and nicely made piece of kit!

Within no time the motor and the frame were individual entities, and soon separated, I shit you not people, it really is like working on a Honda. The next part of the story is in place but not firm, it will be worth it.

Cheers Craig, The job's a good 'un!

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