Old Empire MC The Fox
By Anthony van Someren - 28 May 13
The guys bill this latest build, the "Fox", as the first of a series of five Enfield based customs inspired by the "Pup' which they built previously. The bike has been lowered around 2-3 inches requiring significant machining on the front end to achieve the correct stance. The original rear shocks have been replaced with a set of shorter Hagon units.The bars might look like your usual ace bars but they're hand made, nickel plated ‘Sturney’ bars made to fit the Royal Enfield housing exactly, incorporating a slight drop for a more racy riding position. The Brooks saddle has been retained to keep the lines of the bike slim and uncluttered, and to compliment the leather kneepads and Brooks-wrapped grips. Well-hidden led indicators are tucked under the seat leading down to OEM's handmade battery satchels and leather covered electrics box. The bodywork on the bike includes a highly modified Harley Sportster tank, with indents for the leather panels and OEM's own weld-in brass filler caps, as well as short fenders, front and rear. Other sweet details include a specially machined distributor cover to match the fins on the blacked and then polished barrel. The metallic paint finish and powdercoat was specified by the customer who wanted it dark blue, which works surprising well with brown leather and brass fittings. The guys tell us the Fox handles surprisingly well now the centre of gravity is lower and the suspension a little stiffer. Sound, fueling - and performance - are helped out by a new Amal carb and custom exhaust. This build also acts as a showcase for future builds beyond the Fox range, which they will be offering in staged levels for both the Electra X and EFI models. As you'll see from the photos, all the leatherwork, and the OEM website, the guys also plan to support their builds and the Old Empire Motorcycles brand with attire and they'll have more when their online shop opens. If they transfer their passion, enthusiasm and attention to detail to all their gear then we expect them to do really well.