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Air­head Beemer spe­cial­ist turns his at­ten­tion to mod­est Ja­panese ret­ros

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - Gary Pinchin

Kevil’s Speed­shop has been branch­ing out over the last year and been mak­ing some in­cred­i­bly cool cus­toms us­ing very hum­ble donor bikes. The team, based in Paign­ton, Devon has earned an en­vi­able rep­u­ta­tion for knock­ing out cus­tomised BMWS for the last eight years, but with donor bike prices ris­ing, owner Kevin Hill de­cided it was time to branch out.

He launched a new brand called Kevil Moto a lit­tle over a year ago and has built 20 ma­chines since then. Cus­tomers come to him with a dream and the name of a base bike they want us­ing and Kevin does the rest.

He said: “From get­ting the or­der to de­liv­er­ing the bike is usu­ally about two months, maybe less. I source the bike and agree the build with the cus­tomer and away we go.

“It’s been bril­liant and we’ve done ev­ery­thing from CG125S to XV750S. I’ve done over 100 BMWS in the last seven or eight years, but am lov­ing this new creative di­rec­tion.”

In spite, or maybe be­cause of, the high vol­ume of work, he seems to feel at ease de­vel­op­ing new ideas. Maya An­gelou’s fa­mous mantra, ‘You can’t use up cre­ativ­ity. The more you use, the more you have,’ never seemed more apt.

The Kevil’s Moto ma­chines are all num­bered and he’s now work­ing on num­ber 20 and 21 – a W650 and back to BMW, an R ninet – both will be at the Ca­role Nash MCN show in Fe­bru­ary (see What’s Hot story, right).

But Kevin re­mem­bers Moto #1 with fond­ness. He re­called: “I picked up the Suzuki TU250 sin­gle at my lo­cal MOT sta­tion and quickly saw the po­ten­tial. I re­alised we could quickly im­prove bikes like these aes­thet­i­cally and when it sold straight away, I de­cided to do more of them,” he said.

The cute Honda CG125 café racer formed Moto #2 and was on dis­play in­side the door of The Bike Shed in Shored­itch – but not for long. “Ev­ery­one loved it so I wasn’t sur­prised when it sold quite quickly. I’m get­ting a lot of in­quiries from kids in London who want to learn on some­thing cool, and some­thing not pro­duced in China.

“We’ve now got a full time plinth to sell from in The Bike Shed café, which is good for us as I can di­rect my London cus­tomers in to check out my work, sav­ing them a trudge down to Devon.” ■ For more in­for­ma­tion see: www. kevilsspeed­shop.com

‘We’ve done ev­ery­thing from 125s to XV750S’

lease of life Kevil’s gave this hum­ble CB500 a new

Moto #3 has trans­formed a hum­ble CB250

CB400 gets the scram­bler treat­ment

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