Royal Enfield Motorcycles: August 2012

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Royal Enfield Bullet Electra X AVL

Brian Crow, Royal test rider of the 1950s and

Royal Enfield test Brian Crow is shown in a

Brian Crow, the Royal factory test rider who dipped his rear wheel in the sea to a dash from John to Land’s End, died 30, 2012.

My father Brian was the test rider for Royal motor bikes at their in Redditch, his daughter Gail wrote me.

I am informing you that sad to say he away this morning by his family. Please forward on to members of Royal Enfield as he had letters from many asking him about motorbikes and he answered every one.

He was a father, grandfather and great He will be cremated at a later at Redditch, Worcestershire, England.

Cleeve Crow was the first in a team that raced a new Royal Enfield Continental GT the northern point of Great to its farthest southwest point in The object was to dramatically introduce the new model to the public.

The factory’s 1964 run of 22 hours and 20 was a phenomenal achievement on the 250cc GT, said Allan Hitchcock of Motorcycles. His team recreated the stunt 40 years later, a 612cc Royal Enfield He is quoted in an account of the 2004 by author Gordon May, one of the in 2004.

Brian Crow was on to observe the recreation.

“This has my year,” Crow told May.

“I remember leaving O’Groats on the GT like it was yesterday. It was cold and I felt a huge of responsibility. The support van left me an before I was due to depart.


Locals came to chat and me luck.I actually started my rear wheel immersed in the Sea; there was no start and line in those days.

told May that the GT he rode was not

“The engine was assembled carefully in the competition shop so it ran perfectly. They used a con rod so that it would stand up to the it was about to get.”

In May’s Allan Hitchcock directs the front wheel of the Bullet in the 2004 run should be dipped in the sea at the end of its run at End.

“That’s for Brian he said.

The handsome Crow, Crowie, was a legend in the small Enfield Experimental Department.

He was seriously injured in a 1959 at the MIRA track when a seized. Experimental Department Jack Moore was there .

He was in doing 90. Crowie’s first were ‘pick up the bike He went to hospital, but left the in a car I think, from the control

Employee Mervyn Pantin was as well. He wrote :

First of all I he’d held it, the bike from side to side but he did a handstand in the air and came down on his fracturing his forearm. The bike was back to the factory for examination and the was stripped while all the Heads round, Jack Booker, Wilson-Jones and several Foremen. had put the wrong-sized part in.

Crow was certainly never of speed. He drove a tiny sports car. with Enfield motor, and drove it 100 mph by one account. The car lost a windshield while passing a truck.

reaction, reportedly, was this a lot.

Brian Crow a Royal Enfield bicycle to a winner

Recollections from Mark Mumford: I met Brian a few but had the pleasure of spending a day in his company with three or four of the involved in the GT launch, including Mooneyes Cooper) at the Hitchcocks of the GT launch stunt.

At Allan request I took my newly GT to Silverstone along with a example; you can see them in the publicity Brian was pictured on my bike, how small they were by standards. (And his not so youthful

He was very candid about the build spec of the motor, that the only really component was the con-rod, which was made by HDA (High Duty Enfield’s usual supplier, but in He also talked openly how he and (sales manager) Roger worked exceptionally hard to Royal Enfields in the 1960s, not with high profile but lots of day-to-day slog dealers and following up on customer and complaints.

Crucially, they chose to ride bikes on visits rather than use the their posts entitled to, and were used by the representatives of the British makers.

He must been well into his 70s but I was struck (and similarly to of the other Royal Enfield I’ve met) how enthusiastic and in bikes he still was. was also a common agreement although pay wasn’t the best at they felt they part of a family, and repaid with loyalty.

By the early ’60s of course, the family had given way to the corporate of the new parent EHP Smith Group and spoke about how their work and ideas for development ignored. All things must but it was a pleasure to know him, for that short while.

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