|Eyes left! What are these Royal Enfield C5s doing in a parade ground line-up?|
"I’m a member of the Moslah Shrine Motor Corps of Fort Worth, Texas; the guys in the funny hats; the Shriners," seller Dan Hill replied to my inquiry.
"In addition to raising awareness for our 23 non-profit children’s hospitals around the country as you may have heard we also like to have fun. We have 13 Shrine temples in Texas and each year we get together the first weekend in June and compete against each other.
"My unit was founded in 1959 and we compete in motorcycle precision drill and agility competitions against other Shriners. The unit originally rode 1958 Cushman Eagle scooters, but for the last 30 years the team has been riding 1981 Kawasaki KZ440s. The unit bought 24 matched bikes in 1981 and after 30 years many still have less than 5,000 miles.
|Shriners perform precision drill on Royal Enfield C5s.|
|Red C5s match Moslah Motor Corps colors.|
"While the Royal Enfields were a big hit in parades and straight visual appeal they unfortunately didn't suit our needs."
If you've seen the Shriners perform in parades you know they do their maneuvers in seemingly impossibly small spaces, sometimes within inches of crowds overflowing from the sidewalks. Obviously, this is a game of inches.
You probably don't need quite this level of maneuverability.
|Group found that counter clockwise turns allowed more lean.|
|Second from left and far right are still available.|