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Devitt MCN Ally Pally Show & Supersprint: See Millyard’s home-made ‘Honda Six’

Published: 23 September 2018

Updated: 25 July 2018


Mechanical master and custom bike builder Allen Millyard has brought both his huge brain and a few of his stunning creations along to this weekend’s Devitt MCN Ally Pally Bike Show and Supersprint, including his newest build: a tribute to the fabled Honda RC174.

Based on the GP racer Mike Hailwood rode to the 1967 350cc world championship, the original bike won seven out of eight races that season.

With the first talk taking place at 10.45am this morning, Allen condensed his usually two-hour long presentation into a digestable 45 minute talk about building this to-scale replica by hand and the parts and labour that went into it.

Speaking at the event, he said: "The idea to build a six-cylinder actually came from a chat with Guy Martin at Castle Combe last year. I wanted a Honda Six, but couldn't afford one - they're about half a million quid - so I thought I would build my own!"

After that conversation, the mad-cap engineer began purchasing parts from existing motorcycles for the build the very next day, before stripping them down and re-developing them for his needs. 

Starting with the crank (which began life in a four-cylinder Yamaha FZR250) Allen produced pretty much everything himself - including the swingarm, which is actually a modified unit from a Honda CB77. 

Famed for multi cylinder creations such as Honda V-twins made from C90 and SS50 motors; four, five and six cylinder Kawasaki two-strokes and even a 200mph Dodge Viper V10-engined leviathan, it’s fair to say that Millyard is as imaginative as he is gifted.

Millyard has also brought along his ever-popular, 4894cc Flying Millyard V-twin; a bike designed around two cylinders from a Pratt and Whitney radial aero engine.

Allen Millyard Live Workshops are free to watch on the main stage and will take place several times over the weekend, with each talk on the six-cylinder ending with the bike being fired up.

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