|Girder forks, tin chaincase and forward slanted motor distinguish this Royal Enfield.|
Jamie Kos of the UK wanted to know what he'd bought.
"I recently purchased what I believe is a 1930 350cc SV Sport. I have tried to look around at what model this bike could be but I’m struggling and wondered if you could help me?" he wrote.
|...but identifying it precisely takes a sharper eye.|
The Royal Enfield Owners Club of the UK has the factory records from Royal Enfield when it was in Britain. Graham has made a further study of the motor and frame numbers used by Royal Enfield of India, and can often decipher those, as well.
(Need help identifying your old Royal Enfield? Here's my blog post on how Graham can help you.)
|Magneto drive is on the right, not the left.|
"I have spoken to Jamie on the phone a few minutes ago, advising that his bike is a 1931 Model C," Graham informed me in an email. He went on to explain how he knew:
"1930 version had magneto drive on the left and 1932 had a crankcase incorporating the oil compartment.
"1931 is the only year that the engine looks like the one in his bike — external oil pump and the oil (still) in a separate compartment in the petrol tank."
|Crankcase does not incorporate an oil tank.|
Jamie was appreciative.
" It was brilliant to speak to Graham and to find out much more info about the bike and about Royal Enfields in general. I'm looking forward to joining the Royal Enfield Owners Club," he wrote.
I asked what more he could tell me about his motorcycle.
|Tank has separate caps for oil and gas.|
(And a hole for the speedometer?)
So there are miles ahead. But isn't it nice, knowing where the journey started?