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Kingston’s Royal Enfield 500 – “No.5”


Posted on September 29th, by Andrew in Bobber. 17 comments

Things Germans have created. Kraftwerk. Sausages. Beer. BMW. Autobahns. Rockets. Rotary engines. Jet fighters. Printing presses. Diesel engines. Boxer engines. Cocaine. Amphetamines. Morphine. Asprin. MP3s. Record players. Tape recorders. The pill. Toothpaste. X-ray machines. Krautrock. Geiger counters. Zeppelins. VWs. Helicopters. Television. The theory of relativity. Computers. Gliders. Cars. Motorbikes. Oh – and this bobber. OK guys. Enough’s enough. Now you’re just showing off.

Here’s Kingston’s, um, King – Dirk Oehlerking. “The Question whether or not the Enfield has actually seen the maharaja in Udaipur, cannot be answered. But she certainly has experienced the magic of India and she has seen the Lake Palace Hotel in Lake Pichola in Rajasthan/India, my Royal Enfield.”

“A couple of months ago I met an extraordinary lady in Berlin. Mrs. Fee Myrnalini Tara. She is a jewellery designer, she was born in Germany and has lived in India for 25 years at Lake Pichola. Through her assistance and intercession I gained a Royal Enfield. At the first encounter I already knew: this is a bike with character and legend!”

“After I had spent days and nights with her, observing her and changing her over and over again in my head I decided that she is to be transformed into a delicate beauty. I have been moto-cross races successfully for 35 years and I have always reconstructed my bikes individually, so the first thing the Enfield became was moto-cross tyres 90/90-20, Excel rims 21×1.60. Subsequently I tried the Simson tank, which I found at a Christmas market at Chopper’s World. Perfect! The new shape was born.”

“I built the seat and the fenders myself, just like a lot of other details. I love this kind of hand-made work. My experience from the metalworking industry and the motorcycle area ( moto racing sport ) has made me a specialist for the herewith related abilities and skills. It is all the individual and creative details like the tank cap, the rear light retainer the special rear light, the saddle, made out of one piece of leather from an old English flight jacket, which turn such a hand-made bike into an object to which you loose yourself in contemplation, over and over again.”

(Photos by Raphael Lutterkort/Generation Bobber)





  • arnold

    Yes, he is right. I will loose myself in contemplation.

  • http://canberrariders.org.au Lurch

    That is sensationally good, right up to the seat. :/

  • Singletracker

    Love it, Enfields certainly grow on you and lend themselves to constant changing. Front fender length looks great, you have confirmed where I’m headed with mine. Quick question, does it have a duckbill breather? It,s one of the reasons I have decided to keep the side tool boxes on, so bloody oily on the rear fender!

  • revdub

    Very different and very cool.

  • Ecosse

    the wrong tires but otherwise a very nice machine!

  • http://ridedualsport.com/ Manxman

    It has a Speedway bike vibe to it. I can’t say why I like it but I can’t help but look at it admiring the off-the-wall details like the spark plug in the upper clamp.

  • itsmefool

    Motorized bicycle. Dirt bike. Chopper. Cafe racer. Enough is enough.

    See, you also can apply the Wikipedia method of writing story leads to comments!

    • http://www.pipeburn.com Andrew@Pipeburn

      You think the Wikipedia page on Germany has Kraftwerk and Krautrock as its first two entries?

  • Oldnbroken

    Nice. I love the look of those knobby tires and front disk clashing with that cool old frame and motor. It reminds me of a bleached white cattle skeleton in the middle of the desert but this one can just get up and ride off, screaming into the distance.

    Jim

  • Gribble70

    I also think speed way vibe, frame and fork angles with those wheels and knobblies give it this . love it !!

  • Surfite77

    I love the bike, the only thing I would change( and this applies to ALL custom bikes I see with this phenomenon ) is i would lose the upside down handlebars. I still haven’t seen a bike that looks good with upside down bars.

  • Scotty

    Drop bars and knobbies….?

  • rennie61

    Highly Original, love the big wheels. I agree re the upside down handlebars. A real head-turner.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tony-Stark/100003079960619 Tony Stark

    “Things Germans have created. Kraftwerk. Sausages. Beer. BMW. Autobahns.
    Rockets. Rotary engines. Jet fighters. Printing presses. Diesel engines.
    Boxer engines. Cocaine. Amphetamines. Morphine. Asprin. MP3s. Record
    players. Tape recorders. The pill. Toothpaste. X-ray machines.
    Krautrock. Geiger counters. Zeppelins. VWs. Helicopters. Television. The
    theory of relativity. Computers. Gliders. Cars. Motorbikes.”

    Is that the order? I think they started with beer and coke and the rest just fell into place. Speaking of falling into place, the bike is cute. Only gripe is that superslide saddle that may plant one’s posterior on the rear fender.

  • UncleB

    beautiful engine!

  • Kritish Shenoy

    May i know what’s a spark plug doing up there next to the meters???

  • BlackC5

    nice one!