Royal Enfield: handmade culture


Whatever you feel about retro culture in general – and the various obsessions car and bike heads have about all things vintage, you have to admire the craftsmanship represented in this video.

It’s evident that not all Royal Enfield production bikes have hand painted tank and trim: but this Indian craftsman has a mind-blowing steadiness of hand.

For us it makes sense to go retro if the simplicity and lo-tech embedded in these bikes would mean low maintenance costs and increased reliability.

We’re not sure if this is the case, but MCN certainly seemed to like the Caffish Royal Enfield Clubman (above).

But these practicalities aside, if you knew that this sort of love and care went into every part of your new bike, you’d be tempted to trade, wouldn’t you?