The holy grail of most custom builders is to develop a signature style. But there’s no exact science to this. It can be deliberate—like sticking to one genre of build or a single marque, or repeating specific details or colors. But it can just as easily be coincidental; a byproduct of the designer’s approach or ethos.
We’ve started to recognize Federal Moto’s builds, and it’s not because they’re repeating themselves. (In fact, we’ve yet to see them use the some donor twice.) Nope, their signature is far subtler.
Bikes from the Chicago shop are marked by their flawless stance, compact proportions and killer lines. This Royal Enfield cafe racer is their latest work, and it ticks all three boxes emphatically.
The base motorcycle is a 2014 Royal Enfield Continental GT. It’s already a good-looking cafe racer out the box, but when RE North America gave Mike and Peter Müller the chance to tear into one, they saw potential for more.
“Royal Enfield invited us to the opening of their flagship store in Milwaukee,” Peter tells us. “We learned about the history of the brand, and sat down with [CEO] Siddhartha Lal to talk about motorcycle design, the state of Royal Enfield, and its future direction.”
This build only took the brothers a month, and half of that was spent researching and planning. “We aim to make vintage motorcycles better than when they left the factory,” says Peter. “The Continental GT is an interesting case: it’s essentially the same as a 1960s motorcycle, but with a few modern advancements.”Read More...
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