One of our supporters and co-founder of LA’s Falcon Motorcycles recently shared his all time favorite two-wheeled machines with Architectural Digest. We guessed some of you might not be reading Architectural Digest every day, so for those that missed it, enjoy. Words by Ian Barry himself.
1923 Brough Superior SS80 “Old Bill”
Nicknamed “Old Bill” after a cartoon character popular during World War I, this was the personal sprint bike of George Brough, the founder of Brough Superior in Nottingham, England. Brough was a consummate showman who dubbed his handiwork “the Rolls-Royce of motorcycles,” and in this modified version of his SS80, he put his machine where his mouth was. This bike will be an influence in the creation of the Vespertine Falcon.
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The more eagle-eyed of you may have noticed a new banner on Pipeburn over the last few hours. No, your eyes don’t deceive you – we are now proudly sponsored by the world’s finest bespoke custom bike builders, Falcon Motorcycles of Los Angeles, California. In case you have been in suspended animation for the last few years and haven’t heard about Ian Barry and his visionary team at Falcon Motorcycles, they are generally acknowledged as the best custom bike builders in the world. They also have an amazing range of factory parts, tees, gear and limited edition prints for sale in their online store. If you like what you’re hearing then support us and try clicking on the banner below, visit the store and pick yourself up some goodies in between drooling like a fool over their work.
Here’s to Falcon – many thanks from us to them for their support.
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We came across this beautifully shot video on Falcon Motorcycle’s blog. Directed and filmed by Iñigo Oleaga, it shows the Kestrel being fabricated and built. Just like the stunning one-of-a-kind bike, this film is also mesmorising, full of artisanship, and rather cool to behold. Hope you like it.
(If you want to read more about the Kestrel build, click here.)