Saturday, June 20, 2009

For Sale: Royal Enfield Big Head Bullet

A 1961 Big Head Bullet is back up for sale on eBay in Spokane, Wash. I first saw this bike on eBay last October. No Buy It Now price is listed this time, but in October it was given as $8,500.

The seller describes the motorcycle this way:

"When did you last see one of these? Enfield in England produced a very small number ( just a few dozen) of this highly desirable model right at the end of production. It differs significantly from the standard Bullet model. It is considerably faster with a very special cylinder head with all the valve gear built into the head instead of the old type leak prone separate rocker boxes...

"Valves, piston and cams were all improved for performance. It also benefits from the special Lucas competition magneto and AC generator. The engine is better known in the States as the Fury desert racer model but the Big Head road version was only available in UK."

The seller, Roger, told me last year that he "searched for four years before finding the Bullet in England. Imported it and enjoyed it as my main ride on summer club runs and rallies."

Motorcycling magazines of the day found the Big Head Bullet would do 91 mph, according to Roger Bacon's book Royal Enfield, The Postwar Models.

In his ad, the seller says: "The performance of this bike is most remarkable, Tall gearing, complete lack of vibration, excellent handling and the four shoe front brake make it my usual choice for club runs where the bike is perfectly capable of holding its own with more modern and larger size machines. The bike is completely original and unmolested. It even still has the original selling dealer's name on the rear mudguard. Sadly, my collection has to be thinned out..."

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