Category Archives: motorcycles

Enfield Musket

The Enfield Musket is the product of Aniket Vardhan’s brain.  It’s a sickness he acquired growing up in India.  Most motorcycles there were little 100 or 200cc scooters, but the Indian Royal Enfield Bullet and a WW2 Harley v-twin changed his life.  His passion was now to build a v-twin version of the Enfield Bullet, and to that end he has succeeded.

Royal Enfield logo
Aniket was not the only one with that dream.  Early attempts were the Carberry Enfield, a 1000cc project that hasn’t been heard from since 2010, and the Norwich Enfield, which may be entering production in India soon.  These two bikes look like standard production Enfields, although with big motors.  Aniket’s Musket has more of an earlier 50’s feel to it, the looks of a vintage machine.

picture of Musket 998
The Musket 998

The engine has been developed by Aniket the old fashioned way, using carved wood to make castings of the cylinders and side covers. Being an architectural and design major, he had to teach himself machining, but looks like he has mastered that skill. His first machine was built from an Enfield 350, and was delivered in 2014.

picture of Musket engine
The Musket V-Twin

The next progression was to build one from a 500, making a 998cc twin. The Musket is available from the Columbus Ohio manufacturer for roughly 12 grand, plus a Bullet donor that should be in pretty good shape.  You might have to wait a while, this company is still only one guy!

The Musket featured on Jay Leno’s Garage


Lotus Motorcycles

The first motorcycles to wear the Lotus logo have hit the streets at the end of 2014.  To say the design is stunning  is quite an understatement, the designer used to work for Bugatti.  His aim was brutal power with elegance and style.  What a combination.

picture of Lotus C-01
Lotus C-01

The Lotus C-01 will be powered by KTM’s RC8 R superbike engine pushing 200 horsepower, and will be built in Germany by Kodewa, who already builds Lotus’ LMP racer.

picture of Lotus C-01This machine will be pretty expensive, but such is life.  If Lawrence of Arabia was alive today, he would have to have one.

Official Website for Lotus Motorcycles