Friday, June 5, 2020

Royal Enfield Owners' Manual isn't boring

We don't usually turn to our motorcycle owners' manual for humor.

Maybe riders would pay better attention to the fine points of maintenance if the owners' manuals were more entertaining.

I was a little surprised when I spotted an example of just this sort of fun, in the owners' manual for a vintage Royal Enfield motorcycle.

For sale on eBay recently was the Fifth Edition (May, 1950) of the "Instruction Book for the Royal Enfield 125cc Model R.E. Motor Cycle."

In his ad, the seller posted photos of several pages of the booklet.

These included a page of "DO'S AND DON'TS FOR DRIVERS".

Among the bits of advice:

"DON'T run your tyres too soft; they cost money, air does not."


"DO use the lower gear ratios when necessary — that is why they are provided."

No one will bust their sides reading these. But the evident light touch does make an otherwise boring list more memorable.

List of Do's and Don'ts for Drivers from Royal Enfield manual.
Not terribly funny but at least they tried.

1 comment:

  1. They are interesting, I got into collecting them years ago.


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