16 May 2009

Home-brewed 700cc Royal Enfield 'Musket'

This is just amazing. Me want!

From BikeAdvice.in

What you see here is a 700cc Royal Enfield V-Twin constructed using two 350cc top ends. The whole bike appears to have come from the factory, or maybe the “special vehicle operations” section, instead of the mind and work of a creative and determined owner.

When you read the story of the build, take note of the process, …he had an idea and over many years kept at it, continued learning, continued working, he just kept going until the idea became real and he was riding this bike down the road.

From Aniket Vardhan

I was born in and lived in Delhi, India till 1999 when I came to the USA - ostensibly for a Masters in Industrial Design, but here’s the dirty truth- I came because of the sound of a Harley Davidson. Saw one once in Delhi, long ago, belonged to some filthy rich type, heard it start up and rumble away, wet myself publicly and resolved that one day, I would visit their homeland.

Yeah, them hawgs'll reach all the way to the other side of the world ta fuck ya up...

By all means go read about how he did it, but first watch this:

Damn nice job, Mr. Vardhan!

Thanks to BikeAdvice, India.


I couldn't resist...

This one shows that Mr. Vardhan knows that when you are demonstrating a completed exhaust installation, always point it at a brick wall for maximum effect.

And the all-important road test:

Thanks to winsomniac.

Also see bench testing the completed engine. Read the sidebar.

[...] If you all know about the Norcroft and Carberry Enfields and are wondering why I did this anyway, well, too much time, effort and dreaming had been done when I heard of them, so inspite of some major discouragement that the enfield V twin had already been done by professionals, I decided to plough ahead anyway. NO REGRETS! Watch out for some more videos from me with info on the motor, test rides etc. coming soon!
Thanks for watching!

I thank him for documenting this so well. Inquiring gearheads want to know...

Final thoughts

What Mr. Vardhan did was take the rotating and reciprocating elements from two pretty nondescript Royal Enfield single-cylinder engines and make his own crankshaft assembly and crankcase to graft them together and then get the resulting lump to fit between the wheels. It's been done before, so it's not unique in that way.

What is unique is that he did it at all. That is a tremendous amount of work. He obviously paid a lot of attention to detail and it shows. He ended up with a very nice 1930s-looking motorcycle that is his and his alone.

I think he should make me one.

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