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Sunday, April 30, 2017

1952?

Reader Nigel brings another Enfield mystery. One of the RE Facebook group members owns a Bullet that the Royal Enfield Owner's Club in the UK certifies as being from 1952 and claims it is part of the contingent of 800 that went to India with the Government order. The problem is that all reports claim the order came in 1953 or 1954 and the bikes were delivered in 1955. Maybe this was a one-off export and not part of the Government order of 800 Bullets? As we have established, there were already Royal Enfields (probably bicycles) sold in India in 1911. And Madras Motors was importing them since 1942. Here is the document:
And here is the bike (incidentally confirming that they were badged "Royal Enfield" even when sold in India, rekindling the mystery of when did they transition to "Enfield India").
I scanned the "REVS" magazine (the internal Royal Enfield employee's magazine) and in spite of plenty of mentions of overseas dealers, the only mention of India appears in Spring 1954 (see below). It is strange, given the magnitude of the bike order placed, that it would not get covered. So perhaps the order did happen later in 1954? So many Enfield mysteries, so little time!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Cross

Cross Manufacturing is a precision mechanical company based in Bath. Currently it provides valves and rings for the aerospace industry, but has a long history stretching over 70 years. It developed a rotary valve in the 1930's that heavily taxed the rings on the pistons, leading them to develop their own rings, which were used for years on Royal Enfields. A Crusader was used as a test machine and is currently kept in its museum together with an HRD Vincent. More here and here.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017

Captain America

Captain America on a Royal Enfield? Sure, why not?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Royal Enfield Brazil

Royal Enfield opens its second directly owned subsidiary outside of India in Brazil. This seems to be the chosen place for the showroom in 2070 Av. República del Líbano, Sao Paulo.

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