"Here in the UK, we are pretty lucky to be blessed with some awesome pockets of custom bike enthusiasts scattered across our beautiful country, but we’re not so blessed in the way of bike shows and I can’t "
An interview with Inglorious Motorcycles’ Samuel Evans
Custom motorbike legends Inglorious Motorcycles tell us how they started and what they think of the UK two-wheel community.
We join Danni Bagnall as she invites custom motorbike legends Inglorious Motorcycles to tell us how they started, and what they think of the UK two-wheel community.
Danni Bagnall: What projects do you currently have on the go?
Samuel Evans: I started Inglorious Motorcycles at the start of 2014, when I turned 23. I have always had an interest in motorcycles. Upon leaving college, I went to work with my older brother, building and restoring 80s Group B rally cars and turbo-era F1 cars. I even raced mini motos when I was little. Inglorious Motorcycles is my creative outlet. I’m at my happiest when I’m making/designing something. I find it so interesting taking old motorcycles (70s Hondas in particular), changing them up and giving them a new lease of life. I like to think my style of bike have a hot-rod feel, stripping off everything but the essentials, giving them a tough stance and finishing with industrial materials and textures. Oh, and if you’re wondering how the name came about; I’m a big Quentin Tarantino fan…
DB: Are your projects other peoples’ or do you have a few of your own?
SE: I’m currently building a 1981 Honda CX500 brat-style street scrambler. You’re probably thinking how can an 80s plastic-covered courier bike be turned into something desirable, but this is an example of how a younger generation un-tarnished by the stigma that surrounds certain bikes, can look at an old bike as a blank canvas. I also need to finish my other project before the summer; I’ve got a Kawasaki W650 (Kawasaki’s interpretation of the famous Triumph Bonneville). Work comes first, though. I’m lucky enough to have a waiting list of commissions, some of which are a series of fun little 125cc street scramblers and cafe racers for a surf lifestyle shop down on the south coast. The 125s are built around either the Suzuki GN125, or a favourite of many, the Honda CG125.
DB: How would you describe the motorbike community in the UK?
SE: I think the motorcycle community is probably the friendliest and most helpful I’ve ever come across. It doesn’t matter what the bike, everyone has the same passion; riding their bike. Bikers tend to give each other a nod when they pass on the road, and if you break down the chances are another biker will either to help, if they’re around. Being just 26, I don’t have years of experience watching how different trends and styles have developed through the years, but I think the most recent trend is the return of the cafe racer. It’s really ignited a lot of people’s interest and passion for biking and the motorcycle culture in general. A whole new scene has been born; a different way of looking at classic bikes and recognising their hidden potential.
DB: Sounds like you’ve had an exciting few years! So, what does 2017 hold for you guys?
SE: I’ve said that for 2017 I will be concentrating more on the overall brand of Inglorious Motorcycles. I have a few ideas for products that I feel would fill a gap in the market. I’d also like to attend and take part in more shows events this year. I love hearing what people are working on at home and making new friends and contacts. There are so many great bike shows around the UK at the moment; Dirt Quake being at the top of the list. I’d love to venture over to Europe this year, too – Wheels and Waves, in France, has been on the bucket list for a while. I also need to finish the Kawasaki.
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