Royal Enfield Books publisher Gordon May has been involved with classic motorcycles for around 35 years. He toured India and Nepal for six months on a Bullet in 1988 and has since owned many other Royal Enfields. His current collection can be viewed on our Gordon's Royal Enfields page.
Gordon's passion for Royal Enfields led him to create The Bullet-In (TBI) magazine in 2001. This small but sought-after publication quickly became the magazine for all Royal Enfield Bullet enthusiasts. The Bullet-In magazine encapsulated everything that is special about the Royal Enfield Bullet. With in-depth reviews, stunning photography, a full restoration guide and useful question and answer sections it proved invaluable to readers.
The magazine's success led Gordon to write the first ever book on the Royal Enfield Indian Bullet. It's title? Made in India. This was rapidly followed by Made in Redditch, a pictorial archive of Royal Enfield in Britain.
By Miles The Best was next. This reference book features every Royal Enfield, illustrated year by year, from 1930 to 1970. Then, in 2005, he wrote the lavish coffee table book, Royal Enfield - The Legend Rides On, to celebrate 50 years of Bullet productioin in India. Sadly this title is currently out of print.
In 2008 Gordon rode his 1953 500cc Bullet from his home near Manchester in the UK to the Royal Enfield factory in Chennai, India, a distance of 8400 miles. This adventure was the subject of his first travel book,
Overland To India. Two more travel books followed, to Egypt on a BSA Bantam and to Vietnam on a Matchless G3L. However, his next overland journey book project will be back on a Royal Enfield, his 1952 500 Twin, which will take him from Nordkapp, 600 miles by road north of the Arctic Circle, to Cape Town, South Africa. See Nordkapptocapoetown.com