Falcon Motorcycles is a company that designs one of a kind motorcycles, built around the rare engines of pre and post-war British motorcycles. Founded in 2008 by industrial designer Ian Barry and his partner Amaryllis Knight, the company’s goal is to fabricate ten, one-of a-kind-motorcycles that Ian designs and engineers around the engine of ten of his favorite iconic or historic British bikes.
There will be only ten Falcon Motorcycles in the world, one of each design. So far, three motorcycles have been completed, a fourth due to be finished in August 2012. Each Falcon Motorcycle was named after a species of falcon.
1. Bullet Falcon
Based on a 1950 Triumph Thunderbird. Commissioned by skateboarder and actor Jason Lee, started as the derelict frame and engine of a 1950 pre-unit Triumph Thunderbird — the bike Marlon Brando rode in “The Wild One”. The concept was inspired by what a Triumph board track racer would have looked like, if indeed Triumph had ever created one.
2. The Kestral
Started as the unit engine of a 1970 Triumph Bonneville, which Falcon cut in half & re-engineered. With the exception of a few critical pieces everything – including the frame, front forks, gas & oil tanks, exhausts, handlebars, levers, even the cylinders – was fabricated in-house.
3. The Black
Designed and engineered around the engine of a 1952 Vincent Black Shadow.
The other motorcycles in the project will be called:
- The White (the next in the series)
- The Altai
- The Merlin
- The Peregrine
- The Grey
- The Saker
- The Vespertine