Are urban motorcycles, factory or custom, with a number of cc’s under 1000 the new rage among youngsters, both male and female? Waiting for the Harley Street 750 to debut in the US before this second quarter of 2014 ends, many young builders around the world have no difficulty in finding clients going the bespoke route with used low cc machines, usually Japanese or British, not destined to be tarmac rippers but to become their basic way of transportation while at the same time having fun on 2 wheels.
In his website at Old Empire Motorcycles, Raphael Pugh claims British pride, but this doesn’t prevent him to work on all types of machines of different nationalities. The reason being that he is among the very few builders I know who is continuously proposing an online series of drawings of bikes he likes and would like to build. The visitor to his website picks one of the sketches, answers a few questions, and if the donor bike is compatible with the chosen design, Pugh will customize it, whatever the factory brand. See this web page at Old Empire Concepts
The “Merlin” is Old empire Motorcycles first attempt at a custom parallel Twin and the first Kawasaki W650 They have worked on. The shop was approached by a customer based in Amsterdam after he saw a few of their previous builds. After a few back and forth by phone (Skype) and email Pugh had a good idea on where he wanted to go with this new creation. Although much of the project stance and basic components were listed in the web concepts page, complete freedom was left to the shop to turn this Kawasaki W650 in a very unique retro custom. Continue reading ‘Youngsters Prefer Under 1000 CC Retro Styled Custom Motorcycles’