The shop. Warr’s of London, Europe’s oldest official Harley-Davidson dealership. The client, Iconic Japanese Denim Label Evisu, specialized reproducing painted vintage-style jeans on old machinery. The builder and designer, Charlie Stockwell who at Warr’s London, who loves to build classically inspired one-off Harleys. Latest work, the Kamome Springer, a darkened harmonic combination of past vintage styles with modern functionality celebrating the creativity and hand-made practices of the past.
The Evisu Warr’s Harley-Davidson Springer celebrates purity of lines, timeless elegance with each detail crafted with purpose and function. Historic influences include hand metal bending and forming, precise welding, engraving, stitching, riveting, embossing leather, etc. Pictures will never do justice to this new vintage contraption based on a 2011 Harley Softail Crossbones.
Every detail of this bike offers more than meets the eye. Look closely into the hand engraved engine covers and you will see Japanese inspired art. Nishikigoi Koi, scales, crashing waves and dragons are just some of what can be found on first glance of the beautifully and probably painstakingly hand engraved work of a local gunsmith in London. Not only is the engraving breathtaking but the overall finish of the engine is astonishing too. Everything is plated in a warm mirror like Nickel plating. The nickel plating doesn’t stop on the engine. The gas tank, hand rolled fenders and handlebars have all been polished and nickel plated. On closer examination you will notice that every nut, bolt and washer have been treated with the same care and attention.
Evisu denim has been used to wrap the brake lines and clutch cable. Adding a quirky yet vintage look. The denim is again used running along the centre of the gas tank where it meets and tidy battery cover sitting beneath a beautifully hand made sprung solo saddle finished in burnished antique brown leather. The battery cover neatly hides the ECM, battery and fuse box. It’s disguised again in Evisu denim but this time features the iconic ‘rear pocket’ with gold stitched Evisu Kamome or Seagull as its often referred to.
The wheels wrapped in Firestone rubber are finished in a rich satin black that compliments the same finish of the scallop design on the nickel plated gas tank and Springer front fork. The finished bike shows tremendous skill, knowledge, talent and vision. It made it’s debut earlier this year at the California Dreamin’ World Class Custom Motorcycle Expo in England and has since been displayed in Warr’s famous King’s Road showrooms and in the Evisu store on Savile Row in the heart of London. It has recently been purchased by one of Formula One Superstar driver and long standing customer of Warr’s. Warr’s Harley-Davidson London. (Written by Cyril with the help of Takayuki Ono. Photography copyright Marianne Logica courtesy to Cyril Huze)
Name – Kamome Sprinter. Design – Charlie Stockwell & Evisu. Donor vehicle – 2011 H-D Softail Crossbones. Engine – 96ci Twin-Cam B. Trans – H-D 6-Speed. Frame – H-D Softail. Swingarm – H-D Softail. Forks – H-D Springer. Brakes – H-D. Exhaust – Warr’s/Charlie Stockwell – Spud Shooter Exhaust. Air Cleaner – Warr’s Cali’ Air Cleaner. Handlebars – Warr’s Kamome Drop Bars Saddle – Warr’s Messinger Solo Antique Brown Tire Front – Firestone Champion 4.00 x 18 Tire Rear – Firestone Champion 5.00 x 16 Front wheel – 18 x 3.5 Rear wheel – 16 x 3.5 Fenders – Warr’s Frisco Headlamp – CSC Tail lamp – CSC Engraving – Warr’s by appointment Denim Wrap – Charlie Stockwell & Evisu Plating – London Chroming Custom Paint – Classic Cycle Work