Retro bikes

French firm is win­ning friends with its sim­ple, un­com­pro­mis­ing ap­proach to bike build­ing

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

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

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