1912 Royal Enfield 6hp
Registration no. KT 9492
Frame no. 3345
Engine no. 16318
The origins of the Royal Enfield marque can be traced back to a small light engineering firm - George Townsend & Company - founded in Redditch, Worcestershire, in mid Victorian times. The firm moved into bicycle manufacture and by the turn of the Century had been reorganised as the Enfield Cycle Company, makers of the Royal Enfield. Manufacture of De Dion-engined tri-cars, quadricycles and motorcycles had commenced by 1900, though production of the latter was dropped in 1904, resuming in 1910. The new Royal Enfield was a Motosacoche-engined lightweight v-twin of 2¼hp, a similar 2¾hp machine equipped with a two-speed gear and all-chain drive being introduced soon after. Two years later came the successful 6hp motorcycle combination, with 770cc JAP v-twin engine, two-speed gear and all chain drive. Enfields characteristic cush drive rear hub appeared for the first time on this model. The firm continued the v-twin theme with a new 3hp solo for 1913. Of 425cc, the latters engine featured inlet-over-exhaust valvegear and proper dry-sump lubrication, and in scaled-down 347cc form achieved a measure of success at Brooklands and at the Isle of Man TT. When motorcycle production resumed after WWI, the Enfield combination reappeared with an 8hp JAP engine, though this was soon superseded by one of Enfields own design, manufactured for them by Vickers.
This Royal Enfield 6hp solo has been in the vendors possession for the past 50-plus years and comes with a letter from The Enfield Cycle Company Limited (dated 24th September 1953) confirming correct frame/engine numbers and the original supply date of 21st June 1912. We are advised that the machine is to factory specification with the exception of the handlebars, new valve springs and a replacement brake rim (fitted 1954, original available) while recent work has included remanufacture of missing valve lifter components and a duplicate filler cap to match the surviving original. An ideal Pioneer or Banbury bike, KT 9492 is offered with old-style logbook and Swansea V5 registration document.