A Rare Find: 1948 Royal Enfield

1948 Royal Enfield

1948 Royal Enfield

In my search of a more modern, reliable bike, I found myself out at a dealership in Mineola (Long Island), looking at a trade in.  Imagine my surprise, at seeing this 1948 Royal Enfield up on a ledge behind the salesman’s desk….

This is the first time I have really looked around a motorcycle showroom, and you can picture the floor littered with modern superbikes, all gleaming with power and speed.  Then high above the rest, with a natural patina, left in it’s aged form, a gorgeous vintage bike.

If I’m not mistaken, this model is called a “Flying Flea,” and may be a 125cc bike designed to drop by parachute behind enemy lines, for the British army in WWII.  If anyone has any more info, please let us know.

A pleasant reminder of simpler days gone by (the bike, not the war), in a world of 160mph rockets…

3 Replies to “A Rare Find: 1948 Royal Enfield”

  1. Thank you so much for this picture. I had one of these “Fleas” in
    1959.The picture brought back many good mem.

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