The Nuovo Falcone by Italian motorbike icon Moto Guzzi was produced by Guzzi between 1971 and 1976. It’s powered by a 500cc, air-cooled single cylinder engine and was fitted with front and rear drum brakes. This take on the classic by Copenhagen-based Wrenchmonkees has us drooling. The Nuovo Falcone (or “New Falcon” as there was a similar model produced between 1950 and 1967) became known as a reliable and easy to fix motorcycle and was quickly adopted by the Italian police, army and even the fire department. Approximately 17,000 were produced and due to their easy maintenance characteristics, many of them are still functioning today. People love these fucking motorcycles – especially this guy.
A small US company Hammarhead Industries, is the baby of James Hammarhead. Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and engaged in piece production motorcycles on the basis of drainage Triumph and Royal Enfield. The American Motorcycle refiners have built…
We recently took a trip to the City of Brotherly Love to take a couple of appointments and also meet with the man behind Hammarhead Industries, James Loughead. His custom built bikes are beautifully mean, and, while we’re no motorcycle aficionados, seem to be the antithesis of stereotypical custom rides. Keep an eye out for some Hammarhead bikes parked in front of Ace Hotel New York this winter, and James’ new shop, Hammarhead Parts & Service, which opens in October on the corner of Pine and 11th in Philadelphia. They’ll carry men’s and women’s clothing, bags, furniture, industrial lighting, audio equipment and maybe a couple of bikes here and there. James also happens to be a Professor of Neuropsychology at U Penn and a proud father of three – as if building custom motorcycles and opening a shop weren’t keeping him busy enough. A cool guy we’re glad to know.
Not much to say here, just a fun little goofy bike. As a Pre-K teacher, I especially liked this part: “This particular bike was auctioned to benefit a local preschool while another, near-identical Monkey serves as Hammarhead’s official pit bike.”