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 Post subject: Non Volvo: 1959 Royal Enfield Prince project
PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2015 2:23 pm 
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Sorry for the non-Volvo content but figured some of you here may like this.

I've never owned a bike before and I was absolutely not looking for another project but I came across one I couldn't pass up. The bike is a 150CC '59 Royal Enfield Prince. All REs are made in India now, but this one was built when it was still making bikes in Britain. The Prince is a fairly rare model, about 2500 made in England. It is an upgrade of the Ensign model, which was made in greater numbers. The Ensign was based off what is known as the Flying Flea, the RE125 which was parachuted in with British troops during the Second World War.

The bike was owned by a man who lived south of Leduc. He passed away and his widow asked her neighbour to scrap it for her. The neighbour hung on to it but decided he'd never get to it and sold it to me for $50. It's pretty rough and it's missing quite a bit, but I'm looking forward to the project.

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A restored one for reference:
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I bought the '59 in October and started the hunt for parts. I found an engine which I'll hopefully have soon. Then, earlier this week, thanks to the powers of Facebook, I found another Prince. It's a 1960 model and I brought it home last night. It's even less complete but it has a few parts that are missing from the first one, so it was a good find!

Only 34 of these were shipped to Canada, and 25 came to Edmonton. I know one has been restored and is now in Red Deer or Calgary. So there are up to 22 still out there somewhere!

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 Post subject: Re: Non Volvo: 1959 Royal Enfield Prince project
PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2015 2:52 pm 
Haha, I just built a W24 Octo-Turbo, now what?!
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LOL Dave, where can I buy some of your energy? Good stuff, I can't wait to see how this turns out.


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 Post subject: Re: Non Volvo: 1959 Royal Enfield Prince project
PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 2:46 pm 
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What a fantastic project, it oozes with patina. Good luck!

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 Post subject: Re: Non Volvo: 1959 Royal Enfield Prince project
PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2015 11:05 am 
First volvo in outer space
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Not in to bikes at all, but those are very cool!! Keep us posted.

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 Post subject: Re: Non Volvo: 1959 Royal Enfield Prince project
PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 11:17 am 
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woodenshoes wrote:
Not in to bikes at all, but those are very cool!! Keep us posted.


I wasn't either. I have never been on any type of motorized bike before! But I stumbled across this one day and here we are...

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 Post subject: Re: Non Volvo: 1959 Royal Enfield Prince project
PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:53 am 
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If you find yourself bored you should check out Gord's CB160 project: https://gordsgarage.wordpress.com/tag/cb160/ I'm sure any one of you would appreciate Gord's crazy skillset.

I wanted to ride a Royal Enfield Bullet when my wife and I were in India, but the controls were reversed from what I was used to - and the last thing I wanted to do was ride a bike with unfamiliar controls in Indian traffic! Took it for a spin so I could say I rode one, but rented the Honda 150 instead... :) Curious if the controls on your RE are reversed as well? (Shifter on the right, rear brake on the left - hand controls may have been weird too?)

I love motorbikes - so this is a very cool project. I've got two of my own currently: 89' Kawasaki ZX-10 and a 78' KZ1000ST.

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 Post subject: Re: Non Volvo: 1959 Royal Enfield Prince project
PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:08 am 
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RSready wrote:
woodenshoes wrote:
Not in to bikes at all, but those are very cool!! Keep us posted.


I wasn't either. I have never been on any type of motorized bike before! But I stumbled across this one day and here we are...


LOL, good for you diving in then. With a name like Royal Enfield and the old school look of the bike you really have something there.

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