Beautiful customs don’t have to cost the earth or spend their life stood still, according to Norfolk-based Old Empire Motorcycles (OEM) who have stripped back one of the new Enfield twins to create one of the cleanest creations we’ve seen.
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OEM co-founder Alec Sharp says Enfield approached them last year with the idea of enhancing their new 650 Interceptor by making the engine the focal point "without going too mad".
The result is a beautifully minimalist, pared-down vision with a number of striking features. The handlebars have no visible controls with the throttle cable routed internally and it’s the same with the clutch, which also operates from a twistgrip on the left-hand bar.
There’s no switchgear, no clocks and the front brake runs off the rear stopper’s pedal through a proportioning valve along with the rear brake.
The standard wire wheels wear a set of fresh Metzeler Racetecs while the forks have been shaved down and slammed for a tougher stance and OEM have fitted a set of their own rearsets, a flush-fit petrol cap and a set of custom exhausts complete with internal baffles that maintain gas flow without blowing your eardrums to pieces.
And despite OEM’s initial apprehension after working on other modern bikes, there were no gremlins in the electrics.
"We were originally concerned having worked with a number of modern motorcycles with very complicated CANBUS wiring systems, which don’t allow much modification," Alec told MCN.
"But what we found with the Enfield was that it is hands down the nicest bike to work on electrically. We removed everything, and I mean everything, and it still ran!"
The result is a bike that not only goes like the clappers but also doesn’t cost £10,000 before you’ve even picked up a spanner.