Friday, August 25, 2006

Wakan: 1640cc of French eccentricity


That's the strange new Wakan 1640. Yeah, whatever

There’s a new motorcycle manufacturer on the block now – from France. The new company, Wakan, are slated to launch a stylish (eccentric? weird?) cruiser that’s powered by a 1640cc, 115-horsepower V-twin engine, which is manufactured by American company S&S. Top speed for this 177-kilo machine is supposed to be in the region of 240km/h. Not that you’d want to that kind of speeds on a naked bike, but still.

The Wakan 1640 is said to have been ‘inspired’ by the Shelby AC Cobra, though I must admit I don’t understand how and in what ways. Anyway, the bike will supposedly be available by October this year, so if you like the bike, now is the time to put down that deposit.

Before Wakan came along, France had just two motorcycle manufacturers – Voxan and Scorpa – though I don’t really know how many bikes they make/sell in a year. Don’t think it’d be a very high number. Bottomline is, I don’t get French motorcycles. If I wanted weird, I’d take a Suzuki Choi Nori over the Wakan 1640.


2 comments:

hoyt said...

I don't find this bike eccentric or weird at all. It certainly is not a "cruiser", either.

"The Wakan 1640 is said to have been ‘inspired’ by the Shelby AC Cobra, though I must admit I don’t understand how and in what ways."

The Shelby Cobra took an impossibly large (big block) engine (based on American V8 tech) and shoe-horned it into a tight, good handling chassis.

The Wakan has similar design goals:

1.
American, big displacement (big block) type of engine.

2.
compact chassis for good handling.

This bike has a great style and purpose for street riding.

Anonymous said...

Id buy 1 in a heart beat, especially that one off look.
They are bikes designed from the ground up using a v-twin. Made in USA supposedly

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