Back in 1911, Levis Motorcycles was pretty famous for its robust 2-stroke engines. Its machines were superior to the other ones on the road as well as on the track. Levis Motorcycles even won at the Isle of Man TT in 1920, marking it as a significant achievement in its entire run. However, the company became a victim of the war and was permanently shut down in 1946. Now, things have changed and Levis Motorcycles is back with a bang.
Phil Bevan, an automobile designer, bought the name of the company and started working on a series of new motorcycles with his Head of Design Steve Kirk. The plan is to create a five-bike range. The first among those is the V6 Cafe Racer that you are admiring in the pictures.
Phil wanted to use one of the car engines that he had lying around. So he picked up a 1,200cc, V6 and built a motorcycle around it. This massive engine is mounted on the Cafe Racer longitudinally, similar to what we’ve seen in Moto Guzzis. But the catch here is that the V-angle of the engine is just 22 degrees, and when fired in a linear order – 1,2,3,4,5,6 – it will run extremely smooth.
Phil said, “I realized we had a two-liter V10 engine that’s only 13in across the cylinder head. So I said ‘f*** it, let’s make a motorbike. With such a tight V-angle and our firing order, it will sound a bit like three Harleys all firing together. The engine development is going well and we’re on target for a peak power figure of around 120bhp.”
The V6 Cafe Racer doesn’t really look like a cafe racer at all. In fact, it’s much more modern than classic. There’s a lot of chrome. The riding position seems to be very sporty. And the overall bike is very sophisticated.
Phil commented about the stainless steel frame for this motorcycle, “After manufacturing trials, our first frames are currently going into production. They’re very close to the first artist’s impressions but they’ve been modified so they can be easily tailored to the owner’s personal preferences and requirements.”
Like we mentioned earlier, Levis Motorcycles is planning to launch a series of five motorcycles. After the Cafe Racer, an Urban Roadster and a Flat Tracker could be next in the pipeline. The pre-production model of the Cafe Racer is scheduled to be put up on display at Salon Prive at Blenheim Palace on 30 August to 1 September, followed by the Goodwood Revival on 7 to 9 September. Levis Motorcycles is confident that the bike will enter production sometime during March 2019.