After putting a basket case Bullet 500 back together and riding a number of British twins I decided I wanted a true antique motorcycle to fiddle with. Despite owning a couple of modern Triumphs I just wasn't keen on picking up the ubiquitous Bonneville or Tr6. While I like the old Triumphs they didn't really tug at me like a Norton Commando. The problem with the Norton choice (aside from the usual Norton quality concerns) was the price of entry was steep. BSAs, the other obvious offering, just didn't do it for me. A couple years ago I picked up an Indian made Bullet off FB Marketplace with the engine half apart. I was looking for a project and always liked the style and history of the British/India thumper. The bike was so delightfully easy and rewarding to work on I quickly became a fan. Royal Enfield was a surprisingly innovative company and you can thank them for both cush drive in the rear hub and rear swing arm suspension. They were not as successful in the American market as the 'big three' brands mentioned above. Brought in for a time in the 1950s rebadged as Indians RE never really found a market. RE in the 1960s found the company sold and the inevitable slide towards oblivion began. During this time, however, the company introduced the Interceptor. A 750cc twin at a time when Triumph and BSA could only boast of 650s, the Interceptor was reportedly the fastest machine of it's time. Though I'd been half-heartedly searching for a RE twin I really hadn't found much. An old acquaintance who dabbled in vintage bike dealing recently contacted me about one he was taking in a multi-bike trade. Photos were exchanged and when it arrived at his shop I went for a look. Yesterday it got dropped off at my place. It's a very tidy machine and I plan to do a video series about bringing it back to life. I'm a self-taught mechanic and have mostly worked on cars and trucks. The Bullet was my first real foray into motorcycles and the Interceptor will represent the graduate level I suppose. I don't even own any Whitworth wrenches yet!