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The stern looking police officer riding the Royal Enfield built Indian Chief in the well know catalog illustration is no actor. Thanks to readers I learned that the man on the motorcycle was Officer John Barkman of the Longmeadow, Mass. Police Department. He served the department from 1951-1974. Get the full story.

How the Flying Flea invaded America. The German DKW motorcycle was popular in Holland before World War II but the Dutch importer had Jewish board members. The German Nazis pulled the concession. The Dutch importer recruited Royal Enfield to build a copy of the DKW for them. The little 125cc two-stroke would win fame in the war as the Flying Flea, parachuted into battle with British airborne forces. The same Dutch importer brought the Flying Flea to the U.S. after the war. Here's the story.
Frank Buckles was the longest-lived U.S. veteran of World War I. He served in England and France as a motorcycle courier. Thanks to a newspaper reporter, a Royal Enfield owner with a long memory, and Royal Enfield USA, we now know for sure what kind of motorcycle Buckles rode: a Royal Enfield.







Kevin Mahoney, the hard working man behind Royal Enfield motorcycles in America, made his own luck. With the same energy and risk-taking it took to create Royal Enfield USA he might have gotten richer in some other line. Yet he says he wouldn't change a thing.
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Martin Scott is the man who brought made-in-India Royal Enfields to the United States in 1995. It was a case of one man and his family against government bureaucracy and Royal Enfield's own inexperience. Scott credits others with helping but there's no doubt, this is the man who did it. Read it 

The Royal Enfield Bullet Sixty-5 updated the made-in-India Royal Enfield from a motorcycle out of the 1950s to something more typical of the 1960s. It had special features, but was it truly a limited edition? Read about it. 


Confusion over Royal Enfield models is nothing new. Royal Enfield has built a bewildering variety of motorcycles in its long history. For instance, did you know there was a Royal Enfield Bullet with a Unit Constructed Engine in 1963?


Royal Enfield workers in a secret, underground factory played an unwitting role in a Cold War experiment with germ warfare.

In a walking tour of Redditch, England, blogger Jorge Pullin talks about what's left to see of the old Royal Enfield factories and shows us what they look like today compared to when they made motorcycles. 

Royal Enfield models:
1960 VAX Interceptor
1965 Royal Enfield Turbo Twin 
1961 Royal Enfield Big Head Bullet
1959-1963 Royal Enfield Fury
1959 Royal Enfield Indian Patrol Car
1969 Royal Enfield 800cc Interceptor prototype


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