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, 30 November 2011


All done,job's a gudden

Sunday, 27 November 2011


A bit of a tour around

IT'S ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!

THUMP THUMP.....................

Time please

ok lets get this sorted i need to hear it running
made an adaptor for the dial gauge,simples


outside to get a bit air around it

Can o worms

Started on the wires,can of worms

Got hold of some black cloth tape i think it blended them in quite nice
Not to bad up front


New sprocket arrived,bet Hitchcocks was thinking what the hell motor i am running
Fitting it did not go as to plan

Wednesday, 16 November 2011


Not a lot to see now as the bulk of the bike is together,few bits on the engine tonight,carb has been rejeted for filter and pipe.
Hard wired the headlight and moved if further down.

Got the primary side on but when i counted the teeth on the gearbox it was 16 i NEED a 20...damm damm damm...pull it off tomorrow i think the new one will be here

Monday, 14 November 2011

Rear guard

Not much time today so only a few jobs done.Brake pedal needed a s/s spacer and a s/s spacer for the brake/silencer mount were made and fitted and i decided to bolt the rear guard on.

With me not using a front guard i had cables flopping around in the wind and 2 unused guard fixing points,i was going to chop them off but not sure of the internals of the forks i decided to use them for a bar to hold the cables and fill the 2 holes up.Up on the yoke the clutch and brake cables were flopping around so a couple of s/s P clips tied them up.On the other side of the fork is a smaller bar to hold the tax disc and fill the other 2 holes up.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

So far so good

This is the state of play as i left it tonight,not much more big stuff to go on now.Got to rejet the carb build up the clutch and pop the rear mudguard on then the wires.
Backend looks like it is coming to life
Legal bits need to go on like mirror
Tax disc holder
And silencer

Thursday, 10 November 2011


My gaffa is a big fan of Orange County Choppers,he said to me today Pauly would have the primary on by now,so to days job was to stick it on for him!!

Had a bit polish of the case as well and drained the oil out,i will get all the messy bits out of the way before i start bolting on the shiny stuff.Went around with my wee paint brush painting all the nuts under the bike black and a 2 touch ups were i scratched the engine.I was a bit worried how ruff the motor looked being black as the castings are very lumpy,but as bits go on you can not realy see much of the motor anyways.
Front end looks nice and simple even with the "i switch everything" switch.Need to find a home for the hooter.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Big Bloody Lump

Got the Iron in tonight,not as bad to get in as it came out.
Off side,need to get to work with the polish on them there case's

Near side,still plenty to do here as well,got a load of bits to try and improve the clutch.

Front,rear and top stainless mounts with stainless nuts and bolts,keep the polishing work down to a min.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Rude not to

Called into work tonight to see if the paint was hard and the tank sealer had gone off.Well i could not resist had to try it on the bike "would have been rude not to"
Need to get the engine in

The back and front mounting bolts for he tank

Wanted to do summit with the oil pipe,i got this idea off Mr Qmaster from his petrol pipes,this is woven heat shrink

Saturday, 5 November 2011

The "Flipo-matick" 2000

I find when it comes to painting tanks it is a pain in the ass,you have them balanced on an old thinner tins,you cant do the bottom right and they then to fall off...

well people here is the FLIPOMATICK 2000...

I drilled a bit 25mm box then mounted it on a plate passed a bolt thru the tank mount and 25mm box and gave the bottom a good lash of paint..

Then it is just a case of flipping it over on the stud then lash!!!!!
The end result one black tank untouched by human hands................

Friday, 4 November 2011

Sky Blue Pink

No matter what i paint, bike or car,when it is in the primer stage i just wanna go nuts  with colour and patterns.......blank canvas!!!!
Its had a good few layers and is just drying off for a day to get rid of any sink age or reactions,then give it a good wet and dry then lash some black on.
While i was waiting for the primer to go off i put a few bits on that were out of the way
And here is the lightweight carbon battery with the alloy clamp

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Back in Black

Had the paint gun out tonight,time to lash some black on things

Engine got a coat as well
And the gearbox
Even had a bit polish between coats
I was not happy with a white battery stuck in the middle of the frame so i gave it to a pal of mine who had a load of carbon fibre 3M stuff.There you go the Bulllet Bobber has come into the 20century,and its black!!