Friday, February 3, 2012

His Royal Enfield Indians are 'a bit' different

1960 Indian Chief, made by Royal Enfield.

I asked readers to recommend their "favorite photos that represent Royal Enfields to you." Roger Chrystie of Massachusetts responded with beautiful pictures of two of his Royal Enfield Indians. Things got interesting when he explained what they are.

"The red Indian Chief is almost all original. It's a 1960 that was shipped over when Matchless took over the Indian line and they still used Royal Enfields for this model," Roger wrote.

Red frame really sets off this custom Enfield Indian.
"The red-framed Apache is a mix of parts that I put together. Frame is '57 Apache; the motor is out of a '57 Trailblazer. The tank and fenders are actually made new for a Bullet.

"I also have a matching numbers '57 Apache and a '57 Trailblazer, that at the moment, are in pieces.

"This winter I'm putting a '57 Trailblazer motor in a 1965 Interceptor frame. I'm sure the purists will hate me for this.

"I also own a 2004 Bullet Sixty-5 that I bought new — then promptly changed everything on it.

This started as a 2004 Bullet Sixty-5!
"Its picture isn't as pretty as the others because I took it in my shop. I'm a marine mechanic still working; will turn 69 this year. Hope I can still keep kickstarting these things."


  1. Matt Law2/03/2012

    I'm restoring a '59/'60 Indian Chief,like the top picture,and pictures of Roger's bike have been a GREAT help to me...can't wait to see the Trailblazer engine in the Interceptor frame...I'm sure that it'll look proper!

  2. When you can no longer kickstart you can always get an Enfield Electra X - that's what I did at 71, after a prostate op. The electric foot keeps me going on the road.

  3. John S..2/05/2012

    I like them, and it keeps old bikes (or parts of bikes!) on the road...

  4. Anonymous2/05/2012

    Red frame that looks really cool but I think the fuel tank should be black. Anyways, it is excellent. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Anonymous2/05/2012

    Superb styling...I'm a fan!! Faith

  6. Anonymous2/06/2012

    Great photos...these bikes rock...

  7. Anonymous10/12/2012

    looks great I have a 59 royal enfield chief... Might you have a battery box Vinny 931-788-1337


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