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Friday, April 26, 2013

1968 Interceptor chopper was best of the best

This 1968 Royal Enfield Interceptor chopper takes you back
The Royal Enfield Interceptor motor powering a grizzled hard-tail chopper also propels a lot of memories for the owner. The motorcycle is for sale now on CraigsList in New York State.

"I love it and am saddened to put her up for sale. I always said I never would. But my body is starting to get a little too old to ride a hard tail anymore. And she deserves to be ridden by someone who will appreciate her as much as I have," the seller wrote.

His ad reads:

"1968 Royal Enfield 750 Interceptor, Old School Cool, hard tail springer chopper. Runs and rides like an old British chopper should. Better than all the Triumphs I've had over the years, and I loved my old Triumph's, but not like this one.

"To me, This ol' girl just outshined 'em all. With her unique looks. She turns heads everywhere she goes."

Asking price is $3,900.

I don't personally have enough arm hair to ride a motorcycle that looks like this. But if I did I would leave it just as  it is. It is the most perfect reminder I've seen of how long it has been since I was 18.

Was 1968 really so long ago?

3 comments:

  1. This old chop is in the Albany, N.Y. craigslist. Listed @ $3900.00 or best offer. Potential buyers, Call (518)469-6978 to make an offer. Just like the New York lottery...'Hey, You Never Know'...

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  2. I am the owner of the Enfield chopper featured above. First, I would like to say 'Thank You' for liking my ol' bike enough to show her off on your blog. :) Second, If anyone has a few minutes, I would like to bore you all with the story of my history with this fantastic machine. The thing that makes it at all interesting is that I have owned her 'Twice'! That's right! Twice!!! I originally purchased her from an older gentleman in Cooperstown, N.Y. about 12 or 13 years ago. He too loved this bike, but had become a little too 'worse for ware' to be riding a hardtail. He said he purchased the bike in the early '80's, as it still is, from a friend of his who was a mechanic/chopper builder, & who was responsible for making this beauty back around the mid '70's. So when I got her, I brought her home & she shared the garage with my '63 Triumph Bonneville 650 & '67 GTO. And I rode them both equally for about 2 or 3 years. But always seemed to have problems with that Bonneville. And kept having to bring it back to the local 'Triumph Guy' to get tweaked, but he must not have been a very good mechanic, because just like a Trident I brought there many times in the past, he still, just couldn't get it right. He had no problems charging top dollar though. Anyway, frustrated with British Iron in general because of it, I decided to sell both bikes & get a Harley. So I did. I even sold the '67 Goat to get a '69. Well, that was that. Or so I thought. But only after about a year or so, I started thinking about the old Enfield chopper. I thought: "It ran great"! "Started right up"! "Was sooo powerfull"! "Was a total blast to ride"! "Why did I sell It"? And I didn't have a good answer! Now I was sorry I sold it, & I wanted it back! And I have 'Never' wanted anything back, that I had sold before. So the search was on. I searched & I searched. I made calls all over the place. For about 3 or 4 years I looked everywhere. To no avail. It was gone. Period. Then one day in June of 2006, I just so happened to look on ebay as I often do, just to poke around & see whats out there. I usually only go through a page or two before logging off. Mostly because I have a short attention span & get bored. But not that day. For some reason, I pressed on. And there, halfway down the middle of the third page, my eyes were instantly drawn to this tiny pic. Could it be? Nooooo! Clicked on the ad. Yessss! There it was in all it's glory! I yelled to my wife..."It'ssss Baaaaaaaack"! Because I knew I was winning that auction no matter what. It turns out, it was only 3 hours away the whole time, down it Brooklyn, N.Y.. So, I made the trek down there from Albany & brought her 'Home'. And swore i'd never sell her again. Well, fast forward to present day. And now, i'm that older gentleman, who realizes he's a getting little too 'worse for ware' to be riding a hardtail. So here she is again. Searching for that person who will care for her as much as I have for many years to come. Thanks for reading my story. Anyone interested in purchasing this great old piece of history, Call Keith @ (518)469-6978 & please leave a message. I can't always answer my phone because of my work. And feel free to make an offer. She has to go, & deserves to be ridden.

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    1. Thank you, Keith, for sharing a great story!

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