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1903 Royal Enfield

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1903 Royal Enfield pioneer motorcycle

We have for sale one of the oldest Royal Enfield motorcycles, certainly the oldest in running order.

1903 Royal Enfield 277cc very early pioneer motorcycle.

This is possibly the earliest surviving Royal Enfield.

In wonderful condition with Current UK registration document and new Mot & tax, and ready to ride home.

The present owner acquired this bike in 1979, and restored it to its current excellent condition in the 90's. He has traced the first 5 owners, all in the Lincolnshire area in the UK, and it appears to have then been laid up since 1920, until it was found hidden away in the 1970’s, the ultimate barn find.

The Minerva 277cc engine has a mechanical inlet valve, starts readily and sounds a treat. A new aluminium piston and Clupet piston rings, and new valves, were fitted at the time of the rebuild

Still on the original trembler coil, we understand the modern solid state battery is good for many miles of fun.

It has a later Amal carburettor fitted, which works very well, and the original Longmeure carb is included.

There are 2 thick files of research and restoration notes and a few photos.

Old Mot certificates back to 1995, show regular use, including 10 Pioneer Runs and several Banbury entries. Pioneer certificate is present.

The owner is keen to see his pride and joy go to a good home, where it will continue to be ridden, and he is offering advice and tips, and even riding lessons, to the lucky buyer.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, you won’t find another.


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