• May 5th 2010 at 7:00PM
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Falcon Motorcycles Kestrel – Click above to watch the video after the break

Despite our best attempt to harbor a deep-seated loathing when it comes to the hoards of under-thought and over-raked custom motorcycles, and by default one-off bikes as a whole, rare occasions arise when we feel obligated to stop and take note of something beyond the wave of metallic peanut tanks. Such an occasion arose with the release of the Kestrel, a sophomore effort from the L.A.-based studio of Falcon Motorcycles.

Yeah, we know it's a shop, not a studio where one builds motorcycles, right? In the case of Falcon, the line between motorcycle and art form seems to be blurred. Founders Ian Barry and Amaryllis Knight like to think of their creations as "art that can be pulled off the wall, and ridden into town." After a childhood run-in with a pack of bikers mounted on British iron, Barry developed a preference for not only the style of the two wheelers, but also the historical importance of bikes built across the pond.

Now all grown up, Knight's obsession has sent Falcon on a quest to reproduce 10 motorcycles, which despite being completely custom will share a a few commonalities: all British and all of particular historical significance – that is, in the Knight's opinion. The Kestrel, which is based on a 1970 Triumph Bonneville, is the second in that line of creations. It will make it's debut two years after Falcon's firstborn Bullet, which was commissioned by actor Jason Lee.

Take two years and 2,000 man hours, a basket-case Bonnie, sprinkle in the right amount of panache and viola, the Kestrel is born. Check it at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering on it's first journey from the nest. Hit the jump to see the complete video of the Kestrel at Falcon's home base.

[Source: L.A. Times]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I see the panache, but where's the viola?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone else play Escape Velocity?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want to see them build a bike around the Ariel Square Four.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes, but can this Falcon make the "Kestrel" run in 12 parsecs?
        • 5 Years Ago
        You sir have just won at the internet!
      • 5 Years Ago
      So when they are going to finish it with some lights?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Your claimed disdain for custom bikes is disappointing. There are some tremendous bikes that would impress near-all motorheads.

      The bike's cool...but hardly revolutionary or really extreme.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Falcon makes amazing bobbers...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Kestrel looks beautiful - can't wait to see it with my own eyes, if I'm ever lucky enough! Good story behind the unveiling of the bike at Quail at this site - the bike looks like a stunner...

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