Friday, June 11, 2010

Third Royal Enfield Bullet joins collection,
but that's nothing compared to his guitars

Not every Royal Enfield motorcycle sells quickly. Some used motorcycles stay listed on this blog so long they seem like old friends. It's always exciting to hear one of the nice looking bikes has found a home.

Matt Law, of Panama City, Fla., was nice enough to write to say he'd bought one of my favorites:

"Hey, David, I just wanted to thank you for a couple of things. No. 1, thanks for the great blog. I check it out every day, for interesting stories, pix, tips, sales, info, etc. Always informative and entertaining. No. 2, thanks for listing the Peacock Blue Enfield Deluxe, from CraigsList in New Orleans.

"I watched the price go down $500 at a time, from $3,500, $3,000, $2,500, $2,000, then $1,800. I called him, he sent me some pix, and I pulled the trigger.

"She needs a little work, but she starts on the first kick, most days."

Intriguingly, Matt added: "I'll send you some pix of my Enfields soon." Plural? He has more than one?

Sure enough, a picture of three Royal Enfield Bullets, including the Peacock Blue number, arrived in my email.

Matt didn't explain why he decided to collect Royal Enfields, so I turned to his MySpace page for enlightenment. Here's part of his self-introduction:

"My name is Matt Law... I LOVE music... playing it on guitar, bass, drums, lapsteel, mandolin, banjo, ukulele or just the stereo... writing songs... performing music with my wife, my band (Retro-matic), my other band (Turtlefoot), my NEW band (STRANGE THINGS), my OTHER other band (Rancho-DeLuxe), my part-time band (Plastic Cactus), Steve Wilkerson and the All-Volunteer Flying Dog Band, ALL of the OTHER Flying Dogs, John Gross & the Sled Creek Troubadors, my friends, or total strangers...

"I run ANYTHING, ANYTHING guitar repair from my home shop, fixing anything with strings (except pianos), as well as some amplifier repairs, and I'm Senior Guitar Tech at Leitz Music in Panama City, where I've been repairing instruments since the early '90s... I collect guitars (acoustic, electric, basses, lapsteels, banjos, mandolins, anything old and/or interesting), and currently have more than 70...

"Lately I've rekindled my love of British motorcycles. After growing up with BSA, Triumph and Norton bikes in the '60s and '70s, and having owned a '73 Harley-Davidson Sprint Single, I've found the motorcycles that I never knew that I always wanted: The Royal Enfield Bullet, the longest running, continually produced motorcycle in the world, in business since 1893, 10 years before Harley-Davidson. My three Bullets were designed in 1939, upgraded in 1955, and virtually untouched by technology."

Matt posted a photo of himself playing, from the Bay County Bullet newspaper (yes, there really is a newspaper named the Bay County Bullet).

Matt also wrote his own caption: "What the well dressed bass player is wearing these days: 1976 Rickenbacker 4001 Fretless bass, trusty Royal Enfield shirt and West German Fallschirmjäger (paratrooper, literally "fall-fight-hunter") beret, with a badge from Her Majesty's (Elizabeth the Second) Royal Corps Of Transport."

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous6/11/2010

    Thanks,David! I'm also on FACEBOOK...check it out...and...Happy Motoring,fellow Bulleteers!


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