You 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.
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 011 -33 686 67 58 02. Wakan Motorcycles.