Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Shiny Royal Enfield is reward for Patience

Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. I spotted the photo of the satiny Royal Enfield Bullet above on and had to write the owner to ask how he did it. D.B. Owen of Bakersfield, Calif., was kind enough to respond:

"It took hundreds and hundreds of hours of good old-fashioned elbow grease, and being an obsessive compulsive, anal retentive crazy person also helps."

The beautiful 2001 kick-start Deluxe 500 is appropriately named Patience, Owen said, and he has owned Patience since new.

"She has been my obsession since I laid my eyes on her, and we have had over 28,000 miles of pleasure together.

"She has been lovingly customized from the frame out by myself over a 3 1/2 year period, and I think she has turned out absolutely beautiful. All the aluminum was hand worked and polished. I did all the paint except for the gas tank. Every nut and bolt was hand fabricated, and polished by myself from stainless steel. I fabricated the seat mounts, horn mount, coil mount, tool bag mount, mudflaps, and the list goes on and on."
Owen describes himself as an ex-trucker and says motorcycles are his passion: "The rest passes time." It shows.

Truly a labor of love. Suppose Royal Enfield Bullets came from the factory looking like this: what would they cost?!


  1. well done !!
    I always love to read your post !
    Please keep going !
    When would we find something about Royal Enfield vs Ex Girlfriend ??
    I just found an Email of confirmation for an airplane ticket.... My (former since now) GF is going to Casablanca for Xmas with her ( supposed ) Ex BF.

    If I had some doubt about buying a Royal Enfield, I don't have any anymore !!

    A brokenhart.

  2. aww poor enrico. I bet her ex doesn't have such a great bike.

    And dad, I love the personal stories of enfeild owners. Its like you are compiling a collection of personal narratives or histories about a specific, neiche culture. Says I whilst researching for my ethnography.

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