born again

a san Fran­cisco-based mo­tor­cy­cle shop can build the bike of your dreams

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amer­ica’s west coast is the home of in­di­vid­u­al­ism, a land­scape where free­dom is of­ten ex­pressed in wheeled form, be it four wheels or two. Un­ti­tled Mo­tor­cy­cles sf is a small bou­tique en­gi­neer­ing firm ca­ter­ing to th­ese de­sires. Founded in 2014 by rca­trained hugo ec­cles, it was set up to take cal­i­for­nia’s mo­tor­cy­cle cul­ture to an­other level, splic­ing min­i­mal de­sign with el­e­gant en­gi­neer­ing. ‘north­ern cal­i­for­nia has a long his­tory of mo­tor­cy­cling,’ says ec­cles. ‘one of my favourite rides is down to alice’s restau­rant, which fea­tured in hunter s thomp­son’s book Hell’s

An­gels.’ clients come to the com­pany in search of the bike of their dreams, ea­ger to own an ex­am­ple of ec­cles’ min­i­mal­ist mantra. ‘My process usu­ally in­volves strip­ping the mo­tor­cy­cle down to the rolling chas­sis, then de­sign­ing custom body­work, seat, con­trols and so on,’ he ex­plains. the com­pany’s lat­est creation is the su­per­nat­u­rale, a com­mis­sion from si­mon wa­ter­fall, creative di­rec­tor at airbnb’s in-house de­sign stu­dio samara. the su­per­nat­u­rale is the epit­ome of the min­i­mal­ist café racer. start­ing life as a 1975 Moto guzzi 850t, the project is lighter than the orig­i­nal, with a hand­crafted alu­minium fuel tank and raw leather seat that will age and weather with use, but with state-ofthe-art elec­tron­ics and a restored and en­hanced V-twin mo­tor bring­ing the req­ui­site per­for­mance.

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