There’s a funny feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you first start to customise a classic bike. It must be the same kind of feeling that an architect who is asked to modify a famous building gets, or an audio engineer that has to do a ‘digital remaster’ of a classic rock album feels. The excitement that builds from creating something new and original, mixed with the heavy burden that comes from modifying a classic. But there’s a simple remedy to this that I’d never considered until I laid eyes on this, the latest build from North Carolina’s pre-eminent custom bike shop, Briton Bees. And that’s to build the bike from not one, but ten different donor vehicles… including a VW Bug and a ‘30s Peugeot. Seriously. Please read on as you enjoy the world’s most recycled, um, cycle; the amazing ‘Howlin’ Wolf’ BSA.
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The first thing that came to mind when reading about Briton Bees Motorcyclettes was, “what the heck is a Motorcyclette?” Then, like they had read my mind, I found the answer on their website: “Elementary, my dear boy. Moto: from the Latin “propulsion”, cycle: “movement by wheeled means”, and ette: from the French, “small or smallish”. Giving us a small engine-propulsed two wheeled vehicle.” Briton Bee are the latest in a swarm (sorry) of young builders using mopeds as donor bikes. These sweet handmade bikes are built in Asheville, NC using a mix of parts from Europe and the U.S.
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