Wakan Motorcycles. Coming To The US

wakanmotorcycleroadsterYou probably noticed that during the last couple of months I talked a lot about the European Motorcycle Scene. And the only reason, in addition to the fact that you love to see what’s going on beyond our borders, is that the Old Continent is more vibrant than ever. More and more custom motorcycles are being built, especially in East Europe countries, and new companies pop up with new interesting concept or limited édition production motorcycles. Here a perfect example coming (just coïncidence) from my native country of France. The gestation of the Wakan Brand of motorcycles (in Sioux language it means Sacred) was a well kept secret until the first tests of the prototype Roadster in 2007. Now the newly Euro-3 compliant bikes are being sold by distributors and importers around Europe, and to put you in the confidence the US is logically the next targeted market for 2010.

wakanmotorcyclesroadsterbisThe Roadster is the fruit of Frenchman Joël Domergue’s dream of building a two-wheeled AC Cobra, by mixing the best of American engine technology with the best of European châssis design. The result is an exclusive cocktail where the grunt, character, and aesthetics of the motor remain the dominent features of this light-weight (408 pounds), innovative and great-handling motorcycle (yes, I know people who tested it and I am on the short list). No wonder some industry movers-and-shakers in the US are already courting the French parent company Egineering & More in France to assemble and distribute it hère next year. « We will be ready with a turn-key US assembly plant as soon as the right partner emerges » told me over the phone President Joel Domergue. But American dealers and individuals can already order a Roadster (euros 28.000  plus any local taxes) direct from thé South of France factory.

The Roadster is not a catalog/low cost driven assembly of parts. Components are completely unique, designed and produced exclusively for the Wakan brand. The overall ingredient/components origin split is 40% from the US, 58% from Europe, and 2% from Japan For example, engine is a spécial 1640 cc V-twin SB100 coming from S&S. Belt primary drive, 5-speed close-ratio transmission and clutch are all designs that are specific to Wakan and manufactured exclusively in the US. The Roadster features an oil-bearing spine-frame with a roto-molded nylon fuel-tank under the seat, Air flows through a 1960’s style butterfly-controlled air-scoop, routed into the Keihin flat-slide carburettor sitting centrally under an air-box that occupies the place of a conventional gas tank. Direct orders and more info on the US expansion plan in the US by contacting Rory Simpson at rsimpson@engmore.com. 011 -33 686 67 58 02. Wakan Motorcycles.

17 Responses to “Wakan Motorcycles. Coming To The US”

  1. 1 Dave Blevins Jun 8th, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Did I read that correctly, a 1640cc “Sportster” type S&S engine?
    WOW! I bet this thing is a real elbow straightener.
    Good looking bike too, much like the early Buells before they got so puffy and awkward looking.
    Good job guys, this might just be a big hit.

  2. 2 A 1 cycles Jun 8th, 2009 at 7:31 am

    saw this bike in cinci…it was very clean and engineered well, and the motor is awesome. just pricy i think they wanted 40k and thats alot of money right now

  3. 3 GG Chopper63 Jun 8th, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Longue vie et réussite à cette superbe et ingénieuse machine !


  4. 4 J Jun 8th, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Cycle World had an article on this awhile back- weren’t they looking at a joint venture with S&S? Plant in Wisconsin? Sweet lines!

  5. 5 bigalyts Jun 8th, 2009 at 11:06 am

    It is about $40 Grand you are right. It looks like they got a lot of Ideas from Confederate. It also is a very, very small Bike. It is for the Little French Doods!

  6. 6 Jeff Nicklus Jun 8th, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Several years ago we built a bike called the “Street Screamer” that was very similar to this bike. It sold for $24,950.00 and I couldn’t give the bike away. In fact we only built the one and I ended up selling it for less that the material cost on the bike. It now looks like I may have been ahead of the curve ….. maybe I need to resurrect the “Screamer” and bump the price to $40K …… NOT! At least it would be American Made!

    Over & out,


  7. 7 bob Jun 8th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    looks good.

    i like that you can actually ‘see’ the motor.

    the buells are all covered up by the frame.

    40 G is pretty steep. especially right now.

    i like it though.

  8. 8 nicker Jun 9th, 2009 at 12:09 am


    “…Several years ago we built a bike called the “Street Screamer” that was very similar to this bike…… and I couldn’t give the bike away….”

    Could-a been the wrong time.
    May be the Cafe-racer style is back in again…. ???
    Give it another go.

    Loved the Rocker look in high school.
    Love the new version.
    But then, i’ve kept all my button-down shirts too……. 🙂


  9. 9 jatinder pal Jun 9th, 2009 at 2:38 am

    Nice machine…

  10. 10 Ben Jun 9th, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Outstanding, but expensive. A Ducati Monster or Streetfighter can do the job at a fraction of the cost and there are dealers everywhere to service it.



    I still think it’s very sexy though. Bravo!

  11. 11 Fred P. Jun 9th, 2009 at 10:13 am

    HMMMM, a Ducati MonsterS 1100cc for 15k or a Wakan for 40k?? Decisions, decisions

  12. 12 js Jun 9th, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Are people still buying 40K motorcycles in the US??? I wonder if I could apply for some stimulus (KY) money since motorcycles leave such a small “carbon footprint”. By the way, how come we don’t get some tax relief for riding motorcycles?? I mean we’re getting 40 plus miles to the gallon, polluting the environment very little if any, only using two tires (less oil required for tire production), come on let’s lobby someone!!


  13. 13 nicker Jun 9th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    “… how come we don’t get some tax relief for riding motorcycles??…”

    Simple really.
    The new political power structure wants to eliminate internal combustion recreation.
    It’s all about control policies, not environmental policies.

    Bikes with peddles are far more politically correct (for any Metro-Sexual).

    IMHO anyway.

  14. 14 Kenny Price Jun 10th, 2009 at 10:09 am

    this bike looks like a sport bike. i wonder hoow that big engine compares to comperable kawasaki zx14r or suzuki hayabusa? 3rd gear wheelie at 100 mph would be cool, but i dont think so. good luck to them.

  15. 15 Kenny Price Jun 10th, 2009 at 10:11 am

    one more thing, the jap bikes are just a little over 12,000 bucks.

  16. 16 Mike Greenwald Jun 10th, 2009 at 10:59 am


    Low seat and ape hangers are bolt ons.

    12000 dollar bikes are just that …12000 dollar bikes.

  17. 17 hoyt Jun 10th, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Kenny –

    There is more to a “sportbike” than an in-line 4 engine and 13,500 rpm (even though those are fun at times too).

    Low end torque accompanied by the right chassis geometry & suspension bits make a great combination for the roads that matter the most.

    Jeff – any pictures of that bike you mentioned?

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