|Here's a Royal Enfield Bullet with a difference: a big twin motor.|
Of course not.
One solution — a 1993 Bullet fitted with a 700cc Royal Enfield Meteor motor — turned up on eBay in the UK in 2010. It put the power of England's big twin of the 1950s into the frame of India's ubiquitous Bullet.
"I don't want somebody saying that it's not original," the seller noted, "because I already know it's not original, thanks."
The motorcycle found a buyer, who contacted me recently to say how much he's enjoying it.
|Meteor motor of the 1950s in a 1993 Bullet.|
"It now has parts starting from 1953 right through to 2015 (60 years)!" David wrote. Let him tell it:
"It all started many years ago with two postcards, one of a Sunbeam S8 (my late father's bike) and a Royal Enfield Meteor (the bike I wanted). Sixteen years later I have that bike and I still have those postcards!
|Postcards purchased back in 1997 provided the inspiration.|
"The original carb that was fitted was junk so a brand new Amal 389 carburettor was fitted. This carb is the largest Amal that will fit in the area due to the frame design and it is a tight fit!
"Wheels replaced for standard Bullet type and a new set of Dunlop K81 tires fitted.
"Cosmetics changes include mudguards, tank and seat. The look of a Meteor that could have been rolling off the production line a couple of weeks ago was what I wanted.
|The look is of a more muscular Bullet.|
"Performance is not an issue; smooth acceleration and gear change at the right time makes a pleasant ride and a good turn of speed....
"Overall this Meteor is built to my own personal taste and I think the 1950s style with that modern touch works well.
"Would I take on another project like this? Yes, it's already in the planning stage and 2017 may see another twin Royal Enfield back on the road."
|The same motorcycle as it looked in 2010.|