Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Mr. Bartlett's Royal Enfield

 Bill Green is an automotive photographer and we took my Enfield out for a road photo shoot recently. He really has an eye and the post production talent for making the vehicles look larger than life.

 Turned out slick, I think! My bike is a 2003 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Classic. I replaced the stock tires with bigger 4.00x19 Duro #308 Universal last summer. Not only do they look cool, but they're a lot more forgiving on uneven pavement. I ride 50 miles round trip to and from work every day it's not freezing and raining. The Enfield rides very smooth and I love the rumble of this single thumper. It has the old iron barrel which remained consistent (along with virtually everything else) from 1955-2008. It's easy to change the oil, replace clutch plates, adjust timing and make all the adjustments necessary for regular maintenance. When there's something I can't fix, I turn to Rex Floyd - my favorite British bike mechanic - a guy who's become a good friend.



  1. it's gorgeous!!

  2. it's the best Royal I ever saw, I'll do the same tire modification on the c5 when I'll get it !!!! ( I already thought at that before ;-) )

  3. Outstanding bike, outstanding photos, Chris! They really do justice to your modifications. Thanks for sharing them.

  4. Hi, I have only discovered your blog today. By chance, I just saw the pics of your bike on Flickr yesterday and I found the shots so nice that I immediately posted them on my blog.
    I strongly hope that it's ok for you.
    In the meantime, I post a refence to your (cool!)blog.
    The internet is becoming smaller and smaller.
    Luke from Italy

  5. Hi

    I love your bike and your shop!
    I have your "Floyds Garage" t-shirt, and I'm looking forward to buy your latest Royal Enfield design...

    I Ride a 1999 500 Bullet myself, and I was inspired by the larger tires on your bike.

    I was wondering if you did any modification to fit them?

    Kjetil from Norway

  6. Thanks Kjetil! No modification needed for those Duro tires..