"With so many of today’s builds being based on looks, rather than lean-angle, lap-time or long-distance touring; Chopper, Bobber and Café gas tanks are getting smaller and distances between refills are becoming ridiculous. We hatched a hazy plan to bring big tanks - back into bike builds.
We were already wrenching an '84, BMW R80 in the Griffin Motorcycles man-cave, so we decided to track down an original, Karl Heinrich, long-distance tank. We managed to locate one in Germany… it was twelve grand. So Oaky called his mates from OldWheelz overseas and got them to start working on a hand-built, 45 litre gas tank, modelled on the original, German design. The bike wasn’t built just to make something that could go over 400km between refills, we also wanted to create something that looked great standing still, and handled likewise at high speeds."
One of the most time consuming aspects of the build was the handmade exhaust. Which runs up under the frame and past the gearbox, before splitting into left and right trumpets. It gives the bike a gorgeous growl at idle, and a banshee bark at high revs. The end result, is a truly unique bike that not only stops traffic; but one that can shoot past traffic, hoon around the hills all day, and get back home without even thinking about a re-fuel."
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