Royal Enfield Electra Pup
This might not be the first time you've seen the Pup by UK based workshop, Old Empire Motorcycles. It was on Pipeburn a few months back and has been popping up all over the place ever since. Alec Sharp of OEM shared his inspiration behind the build with me along with their new video…
“Everything seems overwhelming and complicated these days. We wanted to take a fresh, back to basics approach at designing and making a completely rideable, reliable, but very different motorcycle. One that blended the best aesthetics from bygone days, in this instance board tracker with a hint of bobber and a little vintage bicycle chucked in there for good measure.”
The Pupsname is a hat tip to the World War One biplane, the Sopwith Pup. The Sopwith Pup was the plane of choice for RAF pilots due to it’s size and manoeuvrability which were the two main design considerations for OEM’s Pup motorcycle. The list of modifications OEM made to the Enfield to create the Pup is extensive to say the least so I’ve pulled together a condensed list of highlights below.
• 19”wheels w/ Avon roadrunners
Old Empire Motorcycles also have a range of bikes they call “Origin”, a series of one off customs based on rebuilt road bikes and “Genus” which will be their premiere selection of ground up builds. I’m intrigued!
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