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.

Monday, 31 October 2011

Game on

Started putting the bike back together,put this brace in while i am doing the engine,last time i rebuilt it the frame moved,it was a sod to get the motor back in

I settled with these adjusters for the rear wheel
This is were most of the welding took place,tank mount/seat mount/ign key and the new frame

Front end bling
Rear end bling
Looking very black....
It would not be complete without the key fob...

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Pick a card

Called in at work today to get a bit paint on while the place was empty
Rear wheel done,just a bit paint on drum and sprocket then get it back in the frame so i can move it about
Frame with a layer of etch primer ready for primer
Primed and black slapped on
Did a few other bits as well with the paint left in the gun

Friday, 28 October 2011

Million bits

Took the bike to bits today to finish off the welding on the frame and i think it is time to start thinking about paint
All ready for a rub down and a bit panel wipe then i can get some primer on it
Mr Qmaster mentioned  the worst thing about the number plate is you keep tripping over it,it was the same with the trike,so i decided to hang it as far back as i could
I made a stand for the engine,going to be better to work on and paint

Thursday, 27 October 2011


Been putting off doing the rear brake for reason,anyway had a spare hour tonight so i just got stuck into it,lump of 30mm x 8mm steel should do the job.Had to cut and bend the upkick and two little bends along the lenght of it to clear the engine and it fits just nice.The holes are the same size and space as the torque bar on the other side,i still need to find a home for the brake light switch then i think that is just about it,
Just need to pull the engine out again and turn the frame upside down to finish the welding off,fit the number plate a dry build then thats about it i think.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011


Had to make a clip to hold the coil,like this it looked massive but when i got the tank on you could not see it,temp mount the flasher unit , it just clears the tank may or may not leave it there.
Had a bit of a stock take tonight and there does not seem to be much left to do

Monday, 24 October 2011

Few more bits

Got the stops welded in place and the two holes for the battery clamp,this wont move about now.
brake cable in place.
Hidden nicely with the silencer.

The foot side of the brake welded in place just need to make a lever now.
Was not sure how to fix the silencer,did not want more brakets welding to the frame so i made a small bar the same as the torsion bar for the brake and used the same lug to mount it,Turned out quite good as you can not see it.
And there we go all just about hidden.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Billy Bullet

Had a kwick search on Google and this is Billy Bullet,there's a thing!!!


while i was at work this morning doing the brake i decided to make a few bling bits to tidy her up.
Before horrible pitted forks...................
And after,two ally shrouds to cover them up plus it makes them 10mm bigger diameter so adds a bit meat to the front end.
And this battery "holder downer" ,two 6mm studs will be welded into the fame and this ally cover/clamp will hold it in place.This is the front so the wires will be next to the frame were i hope to feed them thru.

Change of plan Again

Decided to try a cable rear brake before i totally dismissed the idea,this is the easy bit.Clevis pin to hold the cable then thru the aduster and nicely hidden behind the exhaust when it goes on.
Made this pin to hold the brake paedal and lever,it will be fully welded in place.

A bracket to feed the cable to the lever.
The cable is fed thru a 3.5mm hole and underneath the lever are 4 5mm grub screws to hold the cable,i had it in a vice and could not shift the cable so looks like it has a good hold.
Last but not least the brake lever will be welded on joining to the levr at the back with a tube with 2 lead teflon bush.The cable flows around the bottom of the engine so you should not see it.Now to find a place for that horrible brake light switch.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Few bits of welding

Here we have the team of welders on hand...seeing i can only use one!
ignition switch in place,sits here just nice and miss's my legs and i hope to feed the wires into the frame
Torsion bar for the brake in position,i don't think you will see much of it as the silencer will be in front of it.the position is so i can use the lever in the upright or down position depending on what i use for the brake,cable or rod?
Mock up of rear light and number plate in vertical position,a tube is welded to the rear of it which i will weld to the frame to run the wires thru.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Bloody hell man

Great start to the day Mr makita bit me.................
CNC  a bracket for the ignition switch,hard to find somewhere to put it,the front looks ok but what to do with the wires out of the back of it?

Made the first number plate holder,this one is for a vertical plate and i will make a horizontal one try them both and see what i like the best
These came today,CNC chain adj for £4.99 and chain tensioner for £5.99.Not sure if i will use them but for that price you cant go wrong!!

Thursday, 20 October 2011

More stop

I have been putting off doing the rear brake cos i new it was going to be a pain in the ass.The enfield is on near side and the jap wheel is on off side...My mate sent me up some old hand brake cables to mess with,tossed a few ideas about but what ever it was going to look a mess so ive gone for a rod.How am i going to get it over other side?lever on top or bottom?how do i lock the drum up?
The bar in the top of the pik is my lock bar,i like the look of this this very light bobber look.
I am going to put the brake drum lever on top like the old british bike look.
The bar on the bottom pik is how i am going to get it across the frame and the lever is connected to the rear arm,This is going to bolt to the frame as i am going to weld the foot lever and the brake lever in place for safety,plus it a nightmare machining splines
Better work and look clean after all this

Wednesday, 19 October 2011


I was sick of hitting the tank with the handle bars so the next step was to make this stop,can move the bars now with out putting more dints in the tank.
Well i have my Vincent look speedo on now,the drive is from the front wheel so i am limited to what i could use.
Lets see if i can get it off the clock............

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Seat on

Made the spring brackets today for the seat,i had to extend the seat mountings forward 2" they had far to much angle in there original position
The seat looks a bit wide but it is nice to sit on,mounted the black box for the ignition in side the frame and you can just see the corner poking out,good job it is black.Going to have to make the tank stops tomorrow i keep hitting the tank with the bars.