The trend for contemporary cafe racers, scramblers and customs has definitely benefitted motorcycling. Whether you like updated classics or not, it’s sparked a new wave of interest in biking. From blogs to bike builders, it’s made motorbikes cool again, and this film taking a closer look at Inglorious Motorcycles is a good example.
Based in Colchester, Inglorious was set up by Sam Evans in 2014. The Essex-based builder has a background in motorsport and racing, and has developed a recognisable style. That mainly means stripping things back to high quality necessities. Projects have included a Honda CG125 and Suzuki GN250, and the inevitable Honda CB400 and 500s, plus a Honda CX500.
“I like to ‘de-clutter’ a bike and create something out of the ordinary,” Sam says of his approach, taking inspiration from interior design, architecture as well as motorcycling. “Your mind empties when you ride a bike,” he says, “you can get away from yourself, it’s freedom.”
Inglorious Motorcycles offer three different styles for commissioning a bike build. You can pick from a Cafe Racer, Flat Tracker or Brat Style, with anything from 125cc upwards. Prices start from £5,000 upwards.
His work attracted film-makers Tom Bryan and Tom McCagherty. Tom & Tom Films shot this short feature in Autumn 2016, showing Sam in both his workshop and taking one of his bikes out for a ride in Essex.
Obviously the bikes look great, but who knew Essex could look so nice? It’s certainly an encouragement to get out and ride more, whatever type of bike you own…