Royal Enfield Motorcycles: September 2008

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Royal Enfield Bullet Electra X AVL

Monday, September 29, 2008

Dan released from hospital

Dan has been released from the to go home, according to Bonneville teammate Phil Myers. He this message on the RoyalEnfieldSpeedRecord message board:

Royal calm voice from

Lawrence Read and the island that led him to buy a Bullet.

A gentle from far away found its way to Enfield forums on the Internet year. Lawrence Read, an living on an unhurried island in the Pacific, began subtly that Royal Enfield slow down and appreciate the they’ve taken.

Read from the Kingdom of Tonga, a of islands visited by Captain They’re also called the Islands because of the welcome received.

A typical Read is the one entitled Good Enough on the Motorworks Community Forum:

Let me put a log on the fire and give you a little of my of life in general and RE in particular, he He weaves a tale of island with his Tongan wife She declines to upgrade the ceiling of her which she had covered with saved from bags of

Cement bags are good she tells him.

And so we return to the bike called a Royal — doesn’t really go fast, is a bit quirky with a single cylinder and rather low We can fancy it up a little with modifications but underneath it is the same old — simply put — it is enough, Read concludes.

But patronize him. Tonga has the problems of places associated Eden, including the high of imported goods, creeping and the frustration of getting parts.

to me that people find my here interesting — one RE member called my life — but to me it is just life as And it has been a long life of 66 most of it spent overseas or in Tonga, Read explains. His and its relationship to Royal Enfield comes through as he tells the

I grew up in Southern California which was a big biking area then. My first ‘bike’ was a motor scooter and I recall even in junior high many were driving on Cushmans and such. Nice to grow up back then, but far too now.

My profession started out as a university down in New Zealand where I from the highly political of academia in the U.S. I was then a with a Ph.D. from the of Washington. My specialty was shark

I also worked in the chemical in the U.S. as V.P. of a chemical but, again, the stress got to me and I out to work in my garage making specialty items for people on a basis. Quite a career but I’ve never really it (except for the lost income!).

I met my while doing a small project concerned with in the South Pacific. I had caught a copra boat, intending to here to Vava’u (Tonga has main groups of islands, is the northern one). But through I ended up for a month on my wife’s and met her within minutes of arrival. She was out a field trip for her school

I was smitten!

(We) married nearly 27 ago after a two-year courtship in the Tongan manner of complete (frustrating to have all of one’s in-laws always around!). My is from a small atoll in the group of Tonga and is quite in her outlook, enjoying pursuits mat weaving.

After marriage we back to Morro Bay, and I can well remember the time she ladies from our church by out her Tongan finery, like a decorated mat on the floor. They thought her ‘quaint’. We have two and Malia is currently living in the helping out as backup for our kids as attend university there.

a dozen or so years in the U.S. I saw while I could very live in Tonga, it was a bit difficult for to live in the U.S. without her around, so we gradually made the down here. I can say I’ve had a regret either in my marriage or in here, although life is different than it was in the United

Lawrence Read’s Bayviewtonga on Vava’u.

Royal Enfield Bullet Electra X AVL

Internet has eased things a lot and it is much easier getting ordered and sent down. …it was almost impossible, so one learned to do

My first real bike was a Enfield twin (an early which I only owned for a while in the U.S. When our bridge looked like it was to meet its demise through I saw that I would need transportation on the longish road the lagoon and into town. So, I … looking into Royal which I soon found was manufactured in India.

The first RE used from India in very good shape so it is becoming the basis for a trike-rickshaw. The a 2002 Machismo, was purchased new the U.S. after a Custom’s (I was able to get it cheap!).

In addition to the two I have put in a fair supply of and enjoy tinkering with No RE dealership here! I think the only RE owner in Tonga, and the here seem to get a kick out of this old man cruise by with a … on his face!

My Enfields’ DIY simplicity, low-cost and size (mine are both AVLs) seem about for here. My island is only 25 miles north to south and to west, so even a smaller would suffice, but I like just a bit more size and the of a 350. Our roads are narrow and a rough, but, in general, perfect for the type of riding REs designed for.

My rickshaw is gradually taking shape is entirely of wood — strong and corrosion free but. like most of my is only, design-wise, in my mind, a few rough sketches on paper. I to work this way because prone to make changes as I go The nice thing I am finding is how everything is as the rickshaw takes I can then sell my rusty gas guzzling SUV and free my life up by much.

Fuel is expensive and the rate of travel slow speed limit below 40 so the rickshaw should fit right in.

the bridge out, my small apartments are pretty much out of for the next year giving financial resources, but also up some time for the many that need finishing.

What I have here was built with my own two hands a nearly 15-year struggle. in paradise has been anything but a rest, but I like that I for myself and family. I also getting up each morning and deciding what to do with the

Unstructured time, I call it, and the fits right in!

Can you identify Read’s island of Vava’u? Of not. But try process of elimination. The three are Oahu, Bermuda and the of Man, in no particular order.

are very roughly shown in the scale.

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