1968 Royal Enfield Mk1A Interceptor
There are so many great “what if” stories when it comes to England’s waning days of motorcycle glory. What if Triumph had come out with the Trident in 1964? What if BSA never stopped making the Gold Star? What if Royal Enfield was able to make the Mk3 Interceptor? Well, they didn’t. And it’s too bad ‘cus the first big upgrade that came in 1967 (now called a Mk1A) made the bike a real peach. I’m biased, of course, because my first big Enfield twin was (still have it, actually) a ’68 Mk1A. The massive twin was given a cosmetic freshen up, a big crankcase breather (just like the race bikes!), MX-style handlebars, big “cooling discs” on the front wheel that did nothing but look cool, points ignition, skinny fenders…you know, the works. It was a hint at what was to come with the Mk2 (some would call this a “stop-gap”), but, in my mind, it’s probably the last “real” Enfield. However, bite my tongue, those new 650s are pretty damn nifty.
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