APR 17th 2014

Two‑wheels as an art form

British custom motorcycle builder Shaw Harley-Davidson has something of a reputation as a producer of spectacular and highly-desirable bespoke two-wheeled machines. In recent years they’ve produced a steady stream of top-notch custom bikes, and their latest creation – the superbly named B-Rocket – is the latest to cause bike fans to do a double-take when they first clap eyes upon it.

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Shaw worked with French watchmaker Bell and Ross a few years ago to produce the celebrated ‘Nascafe Racer’ which, as the name suggests, was built in the ‘café racer’ style, with a thumping 1690cc Harley Davidson V-twin at its heart and aggressive, hunkered-down styling. The bike drew international acclaim, but neither Bell and Ross nor Shaw was finished…

Shaw B-rocket 2014 0004The two got together once again, but this time with more of a ‘streamlined Bonneville racer’ look in mind which would also reflect the French company’s aeronautical background and serve to promote their high-end timepieces. Shaw’s Dealer Principal, Steve Willis, says “We’ve had loads of people wanting to sneak a peek at this new motorcycle but its design was kept a complete secret. I don’t think anyone expected what was unveiled; it’s one of our proudest creations yet. The B-Rocket’s look was inspired by speed-bikes and ’60s experimental aviation…”

Perhaps a tad more challenging on the eye than Shaw’s previous offerings, the B-Rocket nonetheless displays exquisite attention to detail. We want a go quite badly, but alas the 1600cc motor is unlikely ever to be used on the blacktop, never mind the densely-packed salt of Bonneville since the bike has been built ‘for promotion purposes only.’

Such a shame, but then again the riding position does look borderline-torturous, so perhaps it is better just to look at. But wouldn’t it look out-of-this-world going up the hill at the Festival of Speed?

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