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Author Topic: Great Historical article  (Read 584 times)

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Great Historical article
« on: December 07, 2012, 04:07:38 AM »
I am on the Motorcycle Classics email list and just found this article;
http://www.motorcycleclassics.com/classic-british-motorcycles/1968-royal-enfield-interceptor.aspx  Sorry, I'm not sure how to make it live, but it worked for me with copy and paste. The title is Twin using modern methods....
1968 Royal Enfield Interceptor: England's Forgotten Twin. It includes a really nice history of Royal Enfield and the variations on the Interceptor. Give it a read and I would love to here what you think. I dare you to click the link below and not read the entire article  ;)

http://www.motorcycleclassics.com/uploadedImages/Articles/Issues/2008-05-01/Enfield3.jpg
« Last Edit: December 07, 2012, 04:13:37 AM by iowarider »
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Re: Great Historical article
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2012, 04:32:30 PM »
What a beauty. Such a nice looking engine.  Good article!  Like this bit:

"It’s a common misconception that Royal Enfield made guns as well as motorcycles, including the Lee-Enfield rifle. It’s a reasonable assumption, given the company’s “made like a gun” slogan.

Many also suppose the company earned its regal prefix by supplying cycles to sovereigns. Neither is correct — though they make for a good story. Royal Enfield got its trademark through good old-fashioned snake-oil salesmanship, and the salesman in question was one Albert Eadie. In 1890, he purchased George Townsend and Co., near Redditch, Worcestershire, in England’s “Black Country.”

Originally a manufacturer of sewing needles, Townsend had turned to making bicycle parts and supplanted its income with sub-contract work, including making gun parts for the Royal Ordnance Factory in Enfield, Middlesex. Eadie appropriated “Royal” and “Enfield” to create the company’s brand name."


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Re: Great Historical article
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2012, 05:40:51 PM »
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Re: Great Historical article
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2012, 06:59:23 PM »
RE: Would you start making this bike again. Put your dang EFI on it and a faux carb to cover it up.

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Re: Great Historical article
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2012, 07:37:05 PM »
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Put your dang EFI on it and a faux carb to cover it up.

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As for the stories linked to up top, I read the Hodaka one. It was very interesting to me as I had a Yamaguchi 50 and a Rickman Hodaka. I also worked in a Hodaka shop, along with the the Triumphs, BSAs and Nortons that were our bread and butter. We also sold CZs, MZs, Huskies and some Puch dirt bikes. I bought several of them myself.
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Re: Great Historical article
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2012, 07:43:09 PM »
RE: Would you start making this bike again. Put your dang EFI on it and a faux carb to cover it up.

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And keep it under 450 lbs... New Bonnies are a hundred pounds heavier than the 410 lb interceptor.
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Re: Great Historical article
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2012, 05:22:12 AM »
RE: Would you start making this bike again. Put your dang EFI on it and a faux carb to cover it up.
It's a nice thought but RE India never made this bike.
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Re: Great Historical article
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2012, 06:30:07 AM »
Works for Triumph!
As for the stories linked to up top, I read the Hodaka one. It was very interesting to me as I had a Yamaguchi 50 and a Rickman Hodaka. I also worked in a Hodaka shop, along with the the Triumphs, BSAs and Nortons that were our bread and butter. We also sold CZs, MZs, Huskies and some Puch dirt bikes. I bought several of them myself.
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