Steady Hands
April 18, 2014 8:41 AM   Subscribe

Royal Enfield motorcycles are built in Chennai, where they are painted by by hand.
posted by Sokka shot first (16 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Now that's what YouTube is for.
posted by cribcage at 8:55 AM on April 18, 2014 [2 favorites]

That's craft right there.
posted by Mary Ellen Carter at 9:09 AM on April 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

If my hands were that steady I probably wouldn't hate inking comics with a brush so much.

posted by Narrative Priorities at 9:12 AM on April 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

OMG He's doing it even with the handwaving narrator in face...

Bullet meri jaan. Bullet meri jaan.
posted by infini at 9:15 AM on April 18, 2014 [3 favorites]

This must have been filmed on casual Friday since he isn't wearing a tie.
posted by Daddy-O at 9:28 AM on April 18, 2014 [3 favorites]

I can watch pinstriping all day.
posted by SkinnerSan at 9:38 AM on April 18, 2014

The Bullet is such a beautiful bike - the US import models were at one point "re-engineered" (they updated some of the powertrain and suspension components with modern equivalents for safety and reliability reasons), but I believe the new ones are straight from India with significant mechanical improvements across their product line - in any event, the gorgeous sheet metal remains the same.

Very reasonably priced, too - it's not going to shutdown a Ducati or eat highway miles like a Harley, but for a lovely afternoon puttering about the countryside at a reasonable pace, it's hard to beat.
posted by Slap*Happy at 9:42 AM on April 18, 2014 [2 favorites]

I used to compare it to sitting on a moving sofa.
posted by infini at 10:34 AM on April 18, 2014

Another great look at it here (including side panel striping) from 2:50 to 4:50
posted by blackfly at 10:38 AM on April 18, 2014 [2 favorites]

When I did the tank on my BSA, I used a tool called the Beugler, and I still did a craptastic job. I am deeply envious of anyone with any painting skills whatsoever, and hand pin-striping is just so satisfying to watch.
posted by maxwelton at 10:41 AM on April 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

I wonder how often he dreams about pinstriping.
posted by gottabefunky at 11:23 AM on April 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

I considered getting a Royal Enfield classic, but the tricky part would have been getting the appropriate riding gear.
posted by George_Spiggott at 3:51 PM on April 18, 2014

Wow, this requires a lot of patience.
posted by adambrady at 6:46 AM on April 19, 2014

this fills me with both a cringing feeling suspense lest he make a mistake and awe-tinged envy. i've used a paint brush every day for the past 26 years and i can't even begin to do that.
posted by Conrad-Casserole at 9:20 AM on April 19, 2014

These are so pretty.
posted by you must supply a verb at 10:01 AM on April 20, 2014

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