While two-stoke based ap­peared on the Ger­man nearly 10 DKW, years Royal be­fore Enfield’s the BSA 125cc Ban­tam. Al­legedly, pro­duc­tion was pro­moted by a Jewish-owned com­pany in the Nether­lands, whose DKW fran­chise was re­moved by the Nazis. Seek­ing a sim­i­lar bike to sell they asked Royal Enfield to copy the RT98, cheek­ily spec­i­fy­ing a 125cc en­gine so their bike would be the more pow­er­ful. The outbreak of war cur­tailed the or­der, but the light­weight de­sign was adopted for mil­i­tary pur­poses. Deemed suit­able for para­chute drops to meet ad­vanc­ing troops, the lit­tle bike earned the nick­name ‘Fly­ing Flea’. Post war, it be­came the civil­ian Model RE which, with up­dates such as a re­designed en­gine and tele­scopic forks, be­came the RE2.

“Th­ese com­mand a sur­pris­ing value now,” says Al­lan. “They ap­peal to clas­sic bike and mil­i­tary en­thu­si­asts so there’s a de­mand for bits, mak­ing re-man­u­fac­ture vi­able for items like chain­guards, tool­boxes, num­ber­plates and hand change bits. Miller electrics are an is­sue but we’ve made con­tact breaker points for them.”

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