John’s Enfield Meteor Minor 500
This is an update on an earlier post. I’ve been building this Enfield on and off for eight years, to salute my friend John Robinson, who died in 2001. John was technical editor on Performance Bikes magazine. He owned the Enfield in the late 1960s and used it as a despatch bike in London. But it last ran in 1967, and sat in his garage until I wheeled it out in 2011.
And here it is finished at the 2019 Bike Shed Show in Tobacco Dock, London. John’s wife Liz came along to see the bike, and she loves it.
Using John’s philosophy I’ve modified the bike to have a decent riding position, and reasonable brakes, tyres and suspension. I’ve also tried to get rid of all the clutter which spoils so many old British bikes. And obviously it needed to have nice electrics. The colour scheme and graphics were done by Freddie Paul, my son. Maybe I should say thanks to everyone who helped: Steve Baker, Dave Bent, Peter Boast, Scott Campbell, Ian Davis, Enid, Gareth Evans, Rupe Farnsworth, Bill Gysin, Jim Gysin, Simon Hargreaves, Bill Higginson, Jim Hodges, Gary Inman, Robin Moorshead, Lydia Otulakowski, Freddie Paul, Gary Pinchin, Ben Purdy, Mark Revelle, Liz Robinson, Alan Seeley, Colin Taylor, Olly Willimont, Olly Winbolt and Hugo Wilson.
Some people at the show recognised the bike from its many appearances in Classic Bike magazine. Others seemed to think it was a production bike. If only they knew. Building a custom motorcycle as ambitious as this is totally draining. Anyway, next job is running it in.