Ian Barry has a thing for British bikes. Any marque will do, since Barry doesn’t seem to discriminate; he’ll transform worn out Triumphs, Nortons, Ariels, Vincents, Velocettes, Ajays, BSAs and Broughs into road-worthy pieces of art. Take the Kestrel, for example, which started life as a 1970 Triumph Bonneville. At least the motor did, since Barry custom built the frame and scrapped the Bonnie’s transmission for a BSA unit. Even the motor has been reworked by Falcon (including new, custom machined cylinders) to highlight their unique style.
Founded by Ian Barry and Amaryllis Knight, Falcon’s mission statement is ambitious. They not only want to build motorcycles, but build them without compromise, grow a company with unshakable integrity and ensure that the Falcon brand has meaning a hundred years from today. Lofty stuff, indeed, but the quality of workmanship from Falcon seems to go a long way towards backing it up. These aren’t kitschy Orange County Choppers, cobbled together from quirky parts without thought to function. Falcon motorcycles are designed to be roadworthy bikes that just happen to double as display-quality sculpture.
The Kestrel is the second in a series of ten bikes envisioned by Falcon and will be officially unveiled at this year’s Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel, California. Over 2,000 hours have gone into the creation of the Kestrel, including more than 80 hours spent on paint alone. As you’d imagine, Barry is reluctant to put a price on such a monumental effort.
Falcon’s first effort, the Bullet (which we told you about here), was created in 2008 for actor Jason Lee. The Bullet started its life as a Triumph Thunderbird, the same bike used by Marlon Brandon in “The Wild One”. Falcon took a unique approach to the bike’s design, and envisioned it as a factory-built Triumph board racer. If, that is, Triumph had actually built board racers.
If you’ve got the space in your garage and sufficient financial resources, you can contact Falcon about building a bike of your own here. Even if you’re not shopping for a bike, their website is as artfully crafted as their motorcycles, and worthy of a visit.