Turning 50


The bike clocked 50,000 km today. Not a massive achievement given the longevity of modern motorcycles and engines, however it’s still worthy of note. This particular model was designed over 20 years ago and remains unchanged.

My other bike is a Royal Enfield, made as a copy of a 1950s commuter. Made in India that is, by Indians using machinery left behind from the days of the Raj. It was knackered back then, which is why it got left there! Add to that poor quality local metals and you can see why they’re a source of great frustration to many!

Given that the average distance to terminal failure for a brand new Enfield in Australia was 8000km (As recorded by the owners club for 11 new bikes), you can see why I’m impressed at 50,000 from the big kwak.

Anyway, she’s still banging along nicely!

About Sophie Whiptank - aka Bart

I'm just a bloke doing some stuff, the more interesting bits I post on my blog. Scroll down far enough and you'll see me riding from Melbourne Australia to Birmingham, England in 2014. But now I'm working on another project, a single cylinder motorbike engine at 2750cc!

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