Anyone know what this bike is?

Discussion in 'The Women of WW2' started by adam180, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. adam180

    adam180 Senior Member

    Hello All
    Can anyone tell me what this motobike my nans on please (she was a Dispatch Rider in the ATS)
    All her letters had DR Skinner on them and i thought she was a doctor for a while, a bit confusing, especially as when i remember her as i was a kid she was a sister in the local hospital.
    thanks Adam
     
  2. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Adam,

    A photo would help.
     
  3. adam180

    adam180 Senior Member

  4. adam180

    adam180 Senior Member

    Can i take it you dont know Peter?
     
  5. Elven6

    Elven6 Discharged

    On modern vehicles, the VIN number can determine make, year, etc. Perhaps the serial number on the gas tank (?) can do the same?

    Do you have a clearer picture?

    Edit: Try looking for a database like this,

    Indian Motorcycle Serial Numbers Unraveled
     
  6. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hi Adam,

    There a couple of Bike nuts on here that will hopefully be able to answer your Q. Its a bit to old for me ;)

    I'm sure there'll be along soon :)

    Cheers
    Andy
     
  7. Elven6

    Elven6 Discharged

  8. rewdco

    rewdco Senior Member

    Hi Adam,

    Your nan is sitting on a Royal Enfield WD/CO. The census number on the petrol tank is C5163524, and means that the frame number of this bike was # 21184, and that this bike was the 1357th motorcycle of the C/S1546 contract for 5000 WD/CO's. This contract was delivered to the forces from June 21st 1944 until February 8th 1945. The first half of this contract was effectively used by the forces, the second half was put into storage and sold / given (?) to the French Army shortly after the war. The French have kept these WD/CO's until halfway the 1950's. Hope this helps...

    By the way, have you got any other pictures of your nan on this bike? I'm doing a major research job on the war time and early post war history of the WD Royal Enfields, and any additional information is always welcome!

    Cheers,
    Jan
     
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  9. rewdco

    rewdco Senior Member

    Here's another war time WD/CO picture...

    Jan

    [​IMG]
     
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  10. adam180

    adam180 Senior Member

    thanks Drew and Elven6
    I must say Elven6 they do look nearly the same , apart from the tank (other amages of that model of indian have what looks like 3 petrol caps?), and the engine in my picture looks like its a lot smaller, maybe not even a twin cylinder?, (there is much more space in the frame, around the engine do they use other engines in that model?).
    I am going to do a better scan and put it on photobucket to see if the quality is better.
    thanks Adam
    http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss193/benadams/NanonamotorbikeATS.jpg
    PS Elven6 that number on the tank is C5163524
     
  11. adam180

    adam180 Senior Member

    Sorry Rewdco
    I was posting my last message before i noticed your imput and you have nailed it thats exactly the same
    cheers mate
    Adam
     
  12. MyOldDad

    MyOldDad Senior Member

    Hi Adam,

    Your nan is sitting on a Royal Enfield WD/CO. The census number on the petrol tank is C5163524, and means that the frame number of this bike was # 21184, and that this bike was the 1357th motorcycle of the C/S1546 contract for 5000 WD/CO's. This contract was delivered to the forces from June 21st 1944 until February 8th 1945. The first half of this contract was effectively used by the forces, the second half was put into storage and sold / given (?) to the French Army shortly after the war. The French have kept these WD/CO's until halfway the 1950's. Hope this helps...

    By the way, have you got any other pictures of your nan on this bike? I'm doing a major research job on the war time and early post war history of the WD Royal Enfields, and any additional information is always welcome!

    Cheers,
    Jan

    Hi Jan,
    Very impressive, authoritative, identification - good luck with your research.
    Tom.
     
  13. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Hi Adam,

    Your nan is sitting on a Royal Enfield WD/CO. The census number on the petrol tank is C5163524, and means that the frame number of this bike was # 21184, and that this bike was the 1357th motorcycle of the C/S1546 contract for 5000 WD/CO's. This contract was delivered to the forces from June 21st 1944 until February 8th 1945. The first half of this contract was effectively used by the forces, the second half was put into storage and sold / given (?) to the French Army shortly after the war. The French have kept these WD/CO's until halfway the 1950's. Hope this helps...

    By the way, have you got any other pictures of your nan on this bike? I'm doing a major research job on the war time and early post war history of the WD Royal Enfields, and any additional information is always welcome!

    Cheers,
    Jan

    An excellent identification and post deserved of a rep.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  14. BulgarianSoldier

    BulgarianSoldier Senior Member

    This is Royal Einfield 350 motor from 1941.
    And im sure about that.

    EDIT: Ah hell somebody said it before me..
     
  15. adam180

    adam180 Senior Member

    Thanks for confirming it bulgarian soldier i know a hell of a lot more about this machine because of the help of jan
    adam
     

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