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Old 05-22-2013, 05:21 AM   #1
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Military "style"

Suppose one was to mock up a bike in military garb (circa 1937-45). Would you get as close as possible to the source (Royal Enfield Bullet or Ural)
Or take a modern classic like a Scrambler and farkle away?
Reason im asking is I saw a neat Bonnie done up in a WWII style despatch bike, but with a R75 twist. Wish I could post pick here but alas....
If it were me, Id go with the Bullet and keep it as close to the BSA M20 as possible (with blackouts etc)
If going along the German lines, the closest thing is the Ural (Im thinking solo- not outfit) or small bore 2 smoker a la DKW but whats close to that?
Anyhow just thinking aloud.....
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Old 05-22-2013, 05:25 AM   #2
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The Bullet would be very cool looking and not so expensive as other options.
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:32 AM   #3
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The Bullet would be very cool looking and not so expensive as other options.
Yeah, and closest to what they would have been like.. albeit a bit bigger cc wise.
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:35 PM   #4
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You can get either one of them in military editions, and the gear to go with that.

Ural's even have machine gun mounts. Go figure.
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Old 10-02-2014, 01:12 PM   #5
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You can get either one of them in military editions, and the gear to go with that.

Ural's even have machine gun mounts. Go figure.
Got the Ural. Im trolling around for an iron barrel RE bullet now. Well will be when I get a certain R65 thats been sitting around my shed for too long
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Old 10-02-2014, 01:41 PM   #6
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Some military bikes are cheap enough as is....

...especially the two strokes.
However, you could try an RE Bullet with the rigid rear end conversion as here http://www.hitchcocksmotorcycles.com...ory-kits-rigid and replace the front forks with girders.
A Chang Jiang would be closer to the period you seek than a Ural, historically speaking (that suspension thing again).

In my defence, I will confess to be just a tad pedantic when it comes to period detail.... ;-)
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Old 10-02-2014, 01:58 PM   #7
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Iron barrel Bullets came right from the factory in a military version, in a semi-flat OD color. I had a choice of a chrome DeLuxe, or the military one when I got my RE in 2007. I already had two WW2 M20s, so I went with the chrome one, but that military Bullet was pretty sharp-looking.
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Old 10-02-2014, 03:34 PM   #8
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Iron barrel Bullets came right from the factory in a military version, in a semi-flat OD color. I had a choice of a chrome DeLuxe, or the military one when I got my RE in 2007. I already had two WW2 M20s, so I went with the chrome one, but that military Bullet was pretty sharp-looking.
Yeah it is!
but if I could get my hands on a real M20
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...especially the two strokes.
However, you could try an RE Bullet with the rigid rear end conversion as here http://www.hitchcocksmotorcycles.com...ory-kits-rigid and replace the front forks with girders.
A Chang Jiang would be closer to the period you seek than a Ural, historically speaking (that suspension thing again).

In my defence, I will confess to be just a tad pedantic when it comes to period detail.... ;-)
Interesting thought.. I love the Ural for what it is... My kids love it and its been hugely reliable
Id keep some boing though... These bones need some suspension
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http://www.changjiangunlimited.com/Jeff%20P.htm

:-) Start from the bottom and work up....
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Old 10-02-2014, 07:19 PM   #11
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an acquaintance of mine on his budget "military" bike:

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Old 10-02-2014, 08:40 PM   #12
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Suppose one was to mock up a bike in military garb (circa 1937-45). Would you get as close as possible to the source (Royal Enfield Bullet or Ural)
Or take a modern classic like a Scrambler and farkle away?
I'd probably just get the real thing and restore it
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Old 10-05-2014, 07:18 PM   #13
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Ive thought than many times but everytime I do sticker shock sends me scurrying back to my shed!
I guess ya gotta pay to play and these things arent getting any cheaper.
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Old 10-05-2014, 08:50 PM   #14
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I've seen M20s and Peugeot tc4s for reasonable prices. Don't remember if the latter were in wwii but they were in french indochina.
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