Monday, November 18, 2013

Watsonian Meteor sidecar inspired by RAF Mosquito

The Watsonian Meteor sidecar appeals to the aviator in you.
There's a new champion in the universe of cool accessories for your Royal Enfield motorcycle.

The Watsonian Motorcycle & Sidecar Company will re-launch its Meteor sidecar, 60 years after production of the original ceased.

The Meteor was sleek and rare — only 601 originals were made, between 1946 and 1949.

Mosquito bomber fuel tank inspired the new Meteor.
But here's what makes them cool. According to the November Watsonian Newsletter, they were made from a "a batch of RAF Mosquito bomber reserve fuel tanks (ringed in red on the above photo) that they had bought from the Air Ministry shortly after the end of the Second World War."

Mosquito bomber reserve tanks being on the rare side these days, the body of the modern Meteor is fibreglass, from a mold of one of the originals.

According to the Newsletter, "It sits on a tubular steel chassis, which is uprated from the 1940s' design with addition of a shock absorber."

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