Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Shiny Royal Enfield is reward for Patience

Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. I spotted the photo of the satiny Royal Enfield Bullet above on Motorcycle-Journal.com and had to write the owner to ask how he did it. D.B. Owen of Bakersfield, Calif., was kind enough to respond:

"It took hundreds and hundreds of hours of good old-fashioned elbow grease, and being an obsessive compulsive, anal retentive crazy person also helps."

The beautiful 2001 kick-start Deluxe 500 is appropriately named Patience, Owen said, and he has owned Patience since new.

"She has been my obsession since I laid my eyes on her, and we have had over 28,000 miles of pleasure together.

"She has been lovingly customized from the frame out by myself over a 3 1/2 year period, and I think she has turned out absolutely beautiful. All the aluminum was hand worked and polished. I did all the paint except for the gas tank. Every nut and bolt was hand fabricated, and polished by myself from stainless steel. I fabricated the seat mounts, horn mount, coil mount, tool bag mount, mudflaps, and the list goes on and on."
Owen describes himself as an ex-trucker and says motorcycles are his passion: "The rest passes time." It shows.

Truly a labor of love. Suppose Royal Enfield Bullets came from the factory looking like this: what would they cost?!


  1. well done !!
    I always love to read your post !
    Please keep going !
    When would we find something about Royal Enfield vs Ex Girlfriend ??
    I just found an Email of confirmation for an airplane ticket.... My (former since now) GF is going to Casablanca for Xmas with her ( supposed ) Ex BF.

    If I had some doubt about buying a Royal Enfield, I don't have any anymore !!

    A brokenhart.

  2. aww poor enrico. I bet her ex doesn't have such a great bike.

    And dad, I love the personal stories of enfeild owners. Its like you are compiling a collection of personal narratives or histories about a specific, neiche culture. Says I whilst researching for my ethnography.

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