1948 supercharged vincent black lightning at the Bonneville salt flats.

1948 supercharged vincent black lightning at the Bonneville salt flats.
Roland "Rollie" Free at 150mph on his record breaking run.


Monster dog parked on the highway on test run no 1

taking a break

removing the cover

Drag bike??

engine complete!

Khardung la one of the world's highest motorable passes.

Khardung la one of the world's highest motorable passes.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

2010 monster dog's fastest year yet?

2009 the year that taught me a lot! Not necessarily about motorcycles , but life in general.

I haven't posted anything for sometime,but far from being at a stand still the "monster Dog Project" as it has been christened by the autocar India "Car and bike show" has been slowly but steadily progressing.

I know there might be some among you, who will say.. OK mate! but where is the supercharger and how fast does it go?All in good time guy's!

So will 2010 be Monster dog's fastest year yet? only time will tell...

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Death of the cast iron engine!

Well not really,but off late this does seem to divide most bikers in the Indian Royal enfield community and get them all riled up!

I have just replaced my Cast iron block with a aluminium one.

There are a couple of reasons for doing this.

First of all it happens to be much lighter than the stock block ,about 3.5 kg lighter in fact!

Since the supercharger weighs in at 7.7kg it will negate some of the weight added to the bike.

Secondly the heat dissipation will be better than stock.
This is beneficial especially when supercharging, as for every Psi of boost used there is a increase in heat generated within the engine proportional to the efficiency of the supercharging system.

So in my case I haven't killed the old CI block, I have merely retired it for a bit.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Nothing Beats Getting Blown!

Before you guy's start getting any idea's....

Remember in my earlier post's I said I would use every trick in the book to make this bike really bite!

Enter the supercharger!!!

I have just procured a supercharger or "blower" with the generous help of a English gentleman.

Now starts the tedious and maybe hazardous process of incorporating it on a outdated British single.

No believe me...supercharging a single cylinder bike is technically quite difficult.

Even if it is successfully incorporated, whether it will actually boost power or be more of a parasitic load is any one's guess.

I will post some pictures as soon as i start work on mating the superchcrger to the engine and chassis.

Holiday over back to the grind!

Just got back from the Ladakh ride...awesome yet again!The glorious monsoon rains have started in Poona.

I have a lot of pending business at the shop but I will start work on monster dog soon.

New plans for the dog, have it salivating at the mouth!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

motorcycle ride around and over the greatest mountain range on earth.

Work on monster dog is suspended for the next few months, too many work commitments.

Plus we are in the process of preparing for our annual motorcycle ride to Ladakh the roof of India.

Four friends Two royal enfield 535cc motorcycles and one army spec mahindra 550, leave behind our routine life for our annual "get out onto the road" trip for 20 days from the 30th of may 2009.

Ride start :

30th of may delhi.
31st chandigarh to manali
1st of june manali
2nd manali to malana and hopefully kheerganga.
3rd manali
the main ride starts now( manali to leh)
4th manali to jispa
5th jispa to pang
6th pang to tso mori lake
7th tso mori
8th tso mori to leh via mahe bridge and chumthang
9th leh
19th leave leh via air

1oth to the 18th are open for discussion in leh but khardungla , marsimek la, nubra valley and the various monasteries around leh are on the cards.


Saturday, February 28, 2009

speed run 2009

Things have been a little busy, so I have not had any time for my project.I hear the 2009 speed run is scheduled for the 20th of march...but i will definately not be partcipating this year.

when the bendpipe decides to fly off on a run,I think it's time to rebuild!

I will be redoing the electricals and Crankshaft and will also do the final finisihing touches, no rat bike from now on!

The fuel tank with a capacity of 3 litres will be shifted behind the seat.the electricals will be where the tank once was in a sleek housing.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Veypor Debate.

Recently a friend of mine told me that there was some debate on how accurate the veypor really is and if it was incorrectly calibrated, could give incorrect velocity readings.

The fact is, if configured incorrectly, it could give you lower velocity readings,or higher depending on the wheel circumference fed into the veypor.

The veypor is very accurate, the actual tolerences or error factor can be checked online,this is not debatable.

Wwhat is debatable, is human error, either deliberate or by mistake.

I have never really bothered with what people think of me, those who know me know what I stand for, so in my case the former is out of the question.I am not building this bike as poser value, to boast or impress anybody.

The latter- human error is also not possible when you consider the method used to measure the circumference of the tyre, a stout wire inner cable wrapped around the centre of the front tyre and measured in mm to give the correct circumference.(this was rechecked several times to be sure).

I initially had the stock speedo mounted with the veypor to see the error factor on a brand new(just done 3000km)Tbird speedo.At 50kmh on the veypor the stock speedo registered around 60kmh, so with the correct ca liberation the veypor actually registered a slower velocity than the stock speedo.

"In the end the race is only with yourself"

Sunday, January 25, 2009

TheBeach Recce.

January the 24th 2009

I decided to check out a beach we had visited a year ago, to see how suitable it would be to run the bike,so me, my wife and a friend rode down to the Konkan on our motorcycles.

The beach was good:Flat,long and realtively hard , allthough our bikes did tend to weave a little on the sand.

The local village poppulation might be another story,for some reason they did not seem too happy to hear or see us.

Anyway the hunt for a suitable place to test continues.

If anybody knows a suitable road around Pune in a 50km radius, I would be grateful for any information.Just remember it has to be a straight, fairly long (1km or >) ,flat road with a good surface and no people, dogs,buildings or traffic.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

2009 ooty rider mania!

No i will not be going for Rm but it sure has kept me busy these last few days tending customers bikes and last minute repairs.

In affect i was not even able to look at monster dog, let alone get some work done or ride.I was finally able to get the correct cable to download from my veypor, so i will now concentrate on gathering as much data form each run and using that information to better tune the bike.

The next thing is to look for a suitable place to test.The roads around here are too dangerous.the closest place to test is talegaon , but that was last year who knows what that road will be like now!

we are now thinking of testing on the beaches of the konkan, this would mean looking for a suitable hard packed,long,deserted beach.

Lets hope for the best.

Thursday, January 15, 2009


It's official! At 12 noon on the 14th of Jan 2009 on a test run to see how the Veypor functioned we clocked a 100mph or 161.8kmph on the veypor motorcycle computer.

The run started off slowly, i was'nt planning to open the throttle.I still had the stock speedo bolted on to see how inaccurate it is.I revved monster dog up past 3000rpm and suddenly decided to push the bike a little.The acceleration was instantanious and fast, before i knew it was blasting down the road. So used to the older albion 4 speed gearbox,i changed into 5th only after i began to slow down.

The run was fast but for the short distance and slow start i was not expecting the bike to hit a 100mph so easily.

I Dont have the correct cable to attach the veypor to my laptop and download the data as yet, so i have taken a picture of the screen.

The future looks bright for Monster Dog.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Veypor vr2

Since I am dedicating a lot of time and effort into this project, the next logical step was to have a some sort of accurate data logging device to see how the motorcycle is running in real time.

The OE speedos are notoriously inaccurate and really tuning monster dog without any data would pose a problem in the long run.

The veypor VR2 is very ideal for someone like me, who has no access to a dyno and had to earlier rely on feel.This way any change made to the setup whether it is jetting, fuels,timing,gearing,tyres,riding posture etc would show up immediately on the veypor.

The veypor VR2 Features are:

Full Instrumentation
Portable Dynamometer with plots
Full and Pro Tree 1/4 Mile Runs
0-60Mph and Braking Test Timing
Roll-on timing for any speeds
Graph results for all Runs
Save up to 8 runs
Calculate Fuel Mileage and fuel level
Separate Fuel Odometer
Odometer and Resettable Tripmeter
Metric or Imperial units
Two maintenance hour meters
Gear Indicator
Lap Timer and Course Analyzer
Full featured Rally Computer
Store 4 separate vehicle setups
Super bright dual-level shiftlight
Programmable speed light
Download all Run data to a PC
Drag Coefficient Calculation
Rolling Resistance Calculation
Full-time datalogging for up to 24h
Programmable sampling rate
View all logging sessions on a PC
Time and Date with battery backup

Alluminium block.

Alluminium block.
Block being bored out to size.

Alluminium block.

Alluminium block.
The final honing process.

the finished right shift gearbox

Right shift conversion

Right shift conversion
the standard 5 speed