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Friday, October 2, 2015

Unique Royal Enfield cafe racer with Trailblazer twin motor

700cc Royal Enfield twin makes an impressive cafe racer.
The remarkable custom cafe racer shown here combines an Indian Trailblazer twin-cylinder motor — built by Royal Enfield for sale in the United States in 1958 — and the frame of a Royal Enfield Interceptor.

Builder Scottie Usher calls it the "Blackhawk" and it's currently for sale on CraigsList in Aurora, Colo.

Tank honors both Royal Enfield
and Indian brands.
In his ad Scottie notes that his cafe racier is "slightly rare, 100 per cent unique!" He explained just how unique in a posting on the forum in May 2015:

"I started building this bike the winter of 2011-2012. I found it in a barn collecting dust, and it had been sitting there since 1993, when I saved it, and who knows how long it had sat before that.

"I slowly started fixing her up, finding out the magneto windings were bad and didn't run well, but later discovered that the motor had been gone through at one point, and then given up on. Over the last three years I converted the mag to a Thorspark electronic ignition, head gaskets, new Concentric carb, converted to 12-volt electrical, painted the bike twice, tires, tubes, clutch rebuild and on and on.

"This winter I decided to start converting from a bobber to a cafe racer. I custom shaped the tank myself, installed clip on bars and new controls, custom built the dual exhaust into a two-into-one exhaust, rear set controls, custom aluminum seat pan...

"The paint is black base coat with with gold and white pearl coat on top. The rear seat cowl and primary cover were dipped in hydrographics, and came out really cool.

"Finished off my primary cover... with some perforated stainless steel that I polished. I think it came out pretty good, I'm happy with it."

Custom open primary.
Perforated screen covers primary drive.
There are more details in his ad:

"When I built this bike, I was mindful not to disfigure the frame in any way so that it could be restored back to original if desired. The frame has been identified as a 1963 Series I Interceptor, and the engine as a 1958 Indian Trailblazer, which is why it is titled as a Trailblazer and not an Interceptor."
Despite the big motor, the cafe racer looks light.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

My Royal Enfield distinguishes itself at the 2015 DGR

That's my 1999 Royal Enfield on the right, serving as a clothes rack.
My Royal Enfield Bullet and I made it to my local Distinguished Gentleman's Ride through my home town this year. The Enfield didn't overheat.

I did.

Even late September in Florida is too humid for wool jacket, tie and flat cap. During a stop at a beachside pub I took off the jacket and hung it on the handlebars.

I spotted only one other Royal Enfield on the ride; a new Battle Green C5. I parked next to it, hoping to make a good impression.

You are always properly dressed on a Royal Enfield.
The rider of the new Royal Enfield rewarded me by looking over my unwashed Enfield with its duct-tape customizations. Observing this, I glowed with pride. Did them myself, I did.

Not until the rest of the riders pulled up did I realize that my Royal Enfield would be positioned at the curb essentially where the smokers would congregate. Fortunately for all, my Bullet behaved well, and did not explode.

Ever conscious that my motorcycle dislikes starting when other people are watching, I waited until the majority of riders had left before I attempted to kick my Royal Enfield to life.

Scooter sidecarists wave farewell.
To my satisfaction it started on the first kick and, then, just as I prepared to mount, died utterly.

I had forgotten to turn on the fuel tap.

One more kick and we were rolling — toward home. We abandoned the ride early, just as we had joined it late. We're anti-social, my Royal Enfield and I.

But we enjoyed seeing all the distinguished gentleman and ladies and their motorcycles. Hope you like the pictures.
Blue bike, blue glasses, red lips.

The well shod gentleman.

Ducati looking fast while standing still.

See where the rear-view mirror is? C-o-o-o-o-l.

Something about polka dots.

Are motorcycle selfies even legal?


...and coming, with class.

Proper headgear is a must.

And a fine time was had by all.

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