French firm is winning friends with its simple, uncompromising approach to bike building
Cool customs and an electric offering
William Knoll’s Clutch Motorcycles in Paris are making a name for themselves with stripped-back creations embracing the purity of motorcycling.
Knoll’s attention to detail and desire to fabricate as many bespoke parts as possible have seen customers craving the Clutch touch. And, despite his bikes costing £15k-£35k, the fact he is flat-out says it all.
“I don’t like buying parts – I prefer making things,” he says. “I like to make my own fuel tanks, even filler caps, footpegs and tail-lights. I get bored quickly so I don’t like making the same thing more than once.”
William was a successful fashion photographer but turned all of his attention to building bikes four years ago. He has lost none of his creative vision. “I don’t use any drawings,” he explains. “I just go with the flow. I like my bikes to be really clean-looking, stripped to the bare essentials.”
William works alone after employing a couple of staff members didn’t
Knoll is inspired by Scandinavian furniture, amongst other things