|Nothing retro about my Royal Enfield's handlebar controls.|
But it's not perfect. Specifically, the handlebar controls are combined in a 1990s style plastic lump incorporating headlight, turn signals, horn and decompressor controls. There's nothing circa-1955 about this.
Vintage-style controls are available on the aftermarket but fitting them is a little bigger project than I'm anxious to tackle. In line with my usual procedure, I'll wait to fit those until the ones I've got break.
And besides, what I want, really, is something more.
I want the controls Buck Rogers would have had on his space motorcycle. Childish, I know, but it's a childhood fascination that has me on a Royal Enfield in the first place.
|1953 Mercury dashboard with aircraft-style levers behind wheel.|
Growing up, the neighbor had one of these cars. I was fascinated by the lever stalks behind the steering wheel. Even as a kid I knew they probably did nothing more than turn on the heater. But they looked as though they would control a supercharger, or, maybe, torpedoes.
The photos here are of a 1953 Mercury for sale on CraigsList in Ohio.
These are the kinds of levers I want on my motorcycle, ideally in a streamlined pod someplace visible yet unobtrusive.
What could they possibly control? That I don't know...
|1953 Mercury looked best from the back.|
|...but the front hood scoop looked flight approved.|