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Land's End to John O' Groats on an electric Royal Enfield Bullet

Published: 12 September 2018

Madcap classic bike restorer Fred Spaven is planning to ride 900 miles from Land's End to John O' Groats on a battery-powered Royal Enfield Bullet.

Departing on October 8, he converted the 1961 Bullet after deciding that the original engine and gearbox were too far gone to restore and so adapted a stack of ex-Nissan Leaf batteries and a British-made DC motor instead.

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The result has a range of around 50 miles and a top cruising speed of 60mph, with the furthest gap between charging points being only around 35 miles in Scotland.

What's more, Spaven says that the conversion is reversible, so the Bullet could be restored to orginal condition. Despite being a 1961 machine of classic status, the bike had to pass an MOT for road use, with the engine conversion meaning it is now (unsurprisingly) considered modified.

Alongside riding the converted motorcycle, Spaven will also be creating a documentary film of the experience with his friend Finn Varney - stopping at various locations along the route to visit up-and-coming eco-friendly transport projects. You can see a trailer video below.

"Classic bikes aren't the cleanest of things" - Fred Spaven

Speaking to MCN earlier today, he said: "I work with historic racing cars and classic bikes, but I try to think of myself of an environmentally concious person. Classic bikes aren't the cleanest of things, so an electric bike seemed like the answer. I like the challenge of it, too.

"I rode a Zero and thought 'this is it.' As I like the challenge, I thought I would do it myself. On a 50-mile range, you can ride from Land's End to John O' Groats, beween charging points."

Fred and the e-Bullet will be leaving from Land's End and plans to arrive in John O' Groats about two weeks later.

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