Its always a difficult one. Or rather it used to be a difficult one when first getting going in this line of work. That is the issue of making the decision on whether to punt out a rather large wad of cash for the premium product or save a few pennys and get the cheaper option. Experience now learnt from a variety of lessons is to at least try the premium product when the chance arises and do some comparisons for future reference.
Well we havent even put this particular product through its paces yet but just based up the look, feel and fitment they are head and shoulders above the alternatives. Made and designed by Harrison here in the UK they are precision machined to exact measurements. This particular set up is for the OEM Gladiator build currently underway and were made specifically for this custom fitment. The centres of these fantastic looking floating discs are adonised black and the Harrison logo subtly etched in. We will release some photos of them on the wheels soon enough but take our word on it that they look the business!
Dealing with Janine and Derek at Harrison was also a breath of fresh air as they have the whole process of design to manufacture down to a T and we had to restrain ourselves from buying a set of their stunning calipers to complete the package although watch this space…
Check out these exemplary examples of British engineering at its best here:
A new part of OEM 2014 is not to just showcase our motorcycles and the clothing/lifestyle that we choose to go alongside them but to showcase the amazing variety and skill hidden away abouts the country.
One of our first examples are these spectacular bar end levers that are made by Moto Phoenix based up north. This particular set are for the OEM Typhoon which is shortly to go away for a lick of paint. We have had a number of bar end levers come into the House of Assembly since we started but none of them are a patch on the quality of these bad boys. Forged from stainless steel and precision machined they come with all the fitments required to assemble and make them perform flawlessly. Each set is custom made for the specific dimensions of the owners application and at around £110 a pair you cant go wrong.
If your looking literally for that vintage twist on your on build then check out these British engineered and made levers here:
Not long till Vulcan launch day now folks! To keep you going here is another close up of one of the most special parts of the build, our very own OEM Smiths chronometric speedo! Its fully digital, with its own sender unit and features a digital odometer display all controlled with a simple push button mounted wherever you like.
Its a superb combination of classic aesthetics and modern electronics which you will be seeing more of on future OEM builds. And whats even better is that they are still made on these fair isles and the chaps down at Smiths are more than accommodating when it comes to how to use these fantastic dials! Check them out here: