Bobbee Singh's little restoration shop, specializing in the timeless Royal Enfield Bullet introduced by the British but still in production in India as a sort of post-colonial afterlife, doesn't look like much at first. Some dirt floors, parts piled high, very young and very old craftsmen swearing colorfully, and hand-forming gas tanks out of metal stock with hammers and know-how. Perhaps it's either a prototypical contemporary Indian scene or a timeless one.
But instead of Bijaj scooters and ubiquitous Honda motorcycles, the object they are restoring and obsessing over isn't a cheap commodity. It's something that has invoked passion ever since his grandfather, inspired by stolen rides on his uncle's Bullet, finally managed to buy one years ago. Since then, the family have been hooked deeply by the Enfield bug and have dedicated their shop (the eponymous ) to preserving, sharing, and enjoying these vintage singles and the unique culture they have inspired in modern-day India.
Watch "Old Delhi Motorcycles" below for around 18 minutes of Bobbee's unique and colorful perspective on the motorcycle that has shaped his family's destiny. Like some of the best motorcycle stories, there is some NSFW language.