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Commemorating the brand’s very first motor-bicycle from 1901

The missing piece of Royal Enfield’s iconic 120-year history is brought to life…

Royal Enfield is showcasing a major centre-piece of their 120-anniversary celebration projects with the upcoming display of ‘Project Origin’, a faithful working replica of the brand’s very first ‘motor-bicycle’. This was the very machine that built the foundations upon which Royal Enfield has based their enduring legacy of ‘Pure Motorcycling’.

The brand’s famous tagline, ‘Since 1901’ pays testament to just how important the concept of heritage and embracing the richness of the past is to Royal Enfield, and ‘Project Origin’ embodies this sentiment wholeheartedly. The year 1901 also carries considerable weight within the motorcycling world, as it consequently makes Royal Enfield the oldest motorcycle manufacturer in production to this day.

The conception of ‘Project Origin’ came about after a challenge was laid down to the Royal Enfield design and engineering teams by Gordon May, Royal Enfield’s in-house historian, during a historical presentation to celebrate the brand’s 120th anniversary. Part of the presentation focused on the very first prototype Royal Enfield motor-bicycle that was developed back in 1901 by Frenchman Jules Gobiet, working hand-in-hand with Royal Enfield’s co-founder and chief designer, Bob Walker Smith. As the infant motorcycle industry was not sufficiently well established to have its dedicated exhibition, the prototype was consequently displayed at the Stanley Cycle Show in London, in November 1901. This was the very first time any two-wheeled engine-powered Royal Enfield had ever been displayed to the public.


‘Project Origin’ represents yet another seminal chapter in Royal Enfield’s illustrious story; marked by decades of creativity, development, ingenuity and resilience. What started way back in 1901, with that charming, slow-revving, doof – doof – doof engine of the very first motor-bicycle, set the foundations for what would become an extraordinary and ongoing 120-year adventure.

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Project Origin Tour


‘Project Origin,’ Royal Enfield’s faithful replica of its first motor-bicycle from 1901, will embark on a historic tour from February 10th to 17th to selected dealerships on the East Coast of Australia. Motorcycle enthusiasts will have the unique opportunity to witness this iconic piece of Royal Enfield’s heritage, commemorating 120 years of ‘Pure Motorcycling.’



Project Origin Tour Dates

Saturday, February 10thFast Fuel Motorcycles389 Wagga Rd, Lavington NSW 264110am – 1pm
Monday, February 12thTeamMoto Euro Springwood59 Moss St, Slacks Creek QLD 41272pm – 5pm
Tuesday, February 13thSalt Creek Motorcycles39 Southern Cross Dr, Ballina NSW 24785pm – 8pm
Wednesday, February 14thNorth Coast V-Twins191 Orlando St, Coffs Harbour NSW 24503pm – 6pm
Thursday, February 15thBrisans Motorcycles250 Maitland Rd, Islington NSW 229611am – 4pm
Friday, February 16thMoto Machine1/10 James Ruse Dr, Clyde NSW 21425pm – 8pm
Saturday, February 17thTeamMoto Canberra30 Ipswich St, Fyshwick ACT 26099am – 12pm