|A Royal Enfield Clubman takes its place in a living room it never leaves.|
Wojtek Turyk was not complaining, just explaining how this could happen.
"Got it from Midlands Royal Enfield, England," he wrote. "It was built from a Bullet Electra into a Clubman cafe racer by Watsonian Squire, a British manufacturer of motorcycle sidecars and trailers since 1912 and the (then) UK Royal Enfield distributor...
|Cafe racer conversion was done by Watsonian Squire in the UK.|
|Clubman keeps the nacelle but adds ace bars and bar end mirrors.|
"In effect, for the first time since over 30 years I have stopped riding motorcycles. Yet, each spring I think I must take it out this time. However, at this point I am reluctant to ever start using it."
Wojtek explained in a subsequent email that his first "real motorcycle" was a 1957 BSA, a 500cc A7 twin.
|Fender looks like it's on there to stay.|
Later, nostalgia for a classic British motorcycle led him to get the reborn Triumph Bonneville, but this modern motorcycle turned out to be a "make believe classic. Besides the looks there was nothing classic about it, the engine modern, with a short stroke, and no thump to speak of."
He realized he wanted to go back to a motorcycle like the BSA. He spotted the Royal Enfield Clubman on the Internet and ordered it sight unseen.
|Shiny tank is the core of the Clubman look.|
"I had never owned a Royal Enfield in the past. As far as cafe racers, It was always on my mind since my youth. My buddies and I in the '80s were dressing up like the Rockers in the '50s-'60s. Thus, the BSA...
"I was born in 1965, so not that old. Stopped riding because I was happy with the bike with me in the apartment and with the motorcycling all inside me, I think."
|Who wouldn't be proud of this look?|
My own Royal Enfield Bullet doesn't get the exercise it used to when I was a commuter. I miss putting on miles but I enjoy just knowing it's waiting there (in the garage!) whenever I want it.