Musket No. 7 for John Johnson of Portland Oregon. Smooth curved 2x2 pipes were pretty tricky to make. First build with left side shift with the 5 speed box. This was a *Royal PIA* but done and works great.
Great ride video of No. 7, watch till the end!
Finally a Musket with something I'd been dreaming of, a vintage girder fork! Client Greg Stroube of St. Louis wanted a truly vintage and thoroughly functional machine which celebrates mechanicalness. Girder by Jake Robbins in the UK. Handmade mudguards by Cooper Smithing Co. USA. www.coopersmithingco.com Handmade leather saddle by Betsey Williamson www.betson-bags.com
Walk around and start up video!
Hullo! This is on Ebay right now...the *very last iron barrel Bullet 500* to roll off the assembly line, still in the original crate! Kevin Mahoney, the original importer and distributor of Royal Enfields in the USA procured it in 2008 and kept it untouched and is offering it up for bids. It is the 5 speed version. A great candidate for a V twin...or just keep it stock and enjoy having it. Have to admit, it makes me sad but there it is.
Phew. That's ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY separate machining setups. Yup. Each set of castings goes through fifteen setups. Not including various doodads that I'm making right now such as oil filler necks and filter covers and ignition covers and cam shafts and whatnots. Alongside this, builds number 6 and 7 are nearing completion, pics of those coming soon.
MUSKET 998 NO. 4 OWNER DAN GRIFFITH, INDIANAPOLIS IN.
Dan drove down from Indiana last fall. He liked what he saw and decided to go ahead with a build true to the spirit of Royal Enfield's KX V twin. He was keen to help and contribute to the build and was ever ready to drive all the way down to Ohio to pick up and drop off parts, cleaned, degreased, dis-assembled. He looked all over for fittings and accessories that are true to the aesthetic of that age.
The gorgeous and richly glossy paintwork is thanks to my friends Taylor Duncan and Kiel Mohrman.
The bike is a tribute to Dan's father who is in his 80s! The vintage pedestrian slicer number plate is Mr. Griffith senior's initials and date of birth...what a wonderful finishing touch to a machine true to the spirit of the times that his father was in his youth. I hope this machine gives him much joy for years to come. Congratulations Dan Griffith!
December 10/2016, Dan posted a short clip of his Musket and the following message:
"Happy Holidays all. Short video of Musket 998 No. 4 running in below freezing temps. Have just over 750mi on it. Had a guy stop and ask me if I was selling the bike when shooting the video, LOL."
Here's the clip:
MUSKET 998 NO.5 OWNER PHIL HUFF, ATLANTA GEORGIA.
Phil *flew down* from Atlanta last fall to take a look at the bikes. I still remember the manner he took his test-ride...it was the absolutely effortless ease of someone who has ridden his whole life. He is a genuine gearhead and his collection is over *50 bikes*, including vintage and late model Harleys, classic British, Japanese, European machines, all in perfect running order and he recently restored a Knucklehead! He found a very clean olive green 5spd Bullet 500 and sent it to me and chose to leave it bone stock. The gearbox has been converted to right side shift and it is shifting great. I hope this machine makes its home in Phil's amazing collection and gives him much pleasure.
Note...not one drop of oil under the motor after several days
What a wonderful gift came today - a picture from Alex Schubert in Germany! He has the motor installed, fired up, running well, getting fine tuned while breaking-in. His bike with the 2x1 looks lovely and the smile on his face says it all. This is what keeps the heart warm on a cold rainy day.
These long playing records will happily spin true at 200 times 33rpm to produce a satisfying bass soundtrack.
Working on these to provide an upgrade over stock cast flywheels that vary quite a bit in counterweight and need tedious individual weighing, balancing and calculations. They are also getting very difficult to find new. These custom wheels will be extremely precise and consistent, will have a significantly deeper crankpin hole for a more rigid and secure assembly.
As you can see, our blackened turkey has been baked innumerable times at 300F. This has caused it to become a bit hard. 20w-50 gravy will help. Thankfully, it comes neatly pre-sliced.
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Four complete builds in progress over the last couple months. Bikes completely dismantled, motors split, cranks apart, machining on! Very busy winter ahead! Wish it wasn't getting cold, brrrrr!
Hullo folks! This one has reached its amazing, excited new owner-builder...in Germany! The first one to leave these shores and land in a different continent.
For all those who were keen to see a 2x1 pipe setup, here it is! Took a lot of figuring out but think this works.
The best part is, there is no clamp joint needed to connect the rear branch to the main pipe, the whole thing is one single unit, while allowing the individual headers to enter each exhaust port simultaneously. Pipes are secured extremely well through 6061 clamp rings held to studs installed in the heads, a detail that every Musket engine has had.