OLD EM­PIRE MO­TOR­CY­CLES

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Motorcycle News (UK) - - FEATURE -

Founded by Alec Sharp and Rafe Pugh, OEM are based near Diss, Nor­folk, and spe­cialise in cre­at­ing a hand­ful of ex­clu­sive, one- off cus­toms each year based on a va­ri­ety of donors. In ad­di­tion, they do a range of ac­ces­sories and parts, such as han­dle­bar grips and brass fuel caps.

Alec told MCN: “Our in­flu­ences are clas­sic avi­a­tion, nau­ti­cal and mo­tor ve­hi­cle de­sign, which we like to mix and match with the new and in­no­va­tive to cre­ate what we think of as an Em­pire Style. Whether it is tak­ing an older bike and spin­ning mod­ern el­e­ments into its func­tion­al­ity, or us­ing a new donor and sim­pli­fy­ing it down to bare es­sen­tials to re­veal its true char­ac­ter, the process of turn­ing the mun­dane into the unique is a skillset we’ve honed. The cus­tom scene changes

‘Ev­ery Old Em­pire bike stands the test of time’

and evolves con­tin­u­ally, so it was im­por­tant for us to set a firm foot down that ev­ery Old Em­pire bike stands the test of time.”

Rafe and Alec build ex­clu­sive one-offs

Thumbs up for the Em­pire Style

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