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Airhead Beemer specialist turns his attention to modest Japanese retros
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’
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