Inspired by Lea-Francis 1914 V-Twin model, John Bridge has come up with Lea-Francis Cafe Racer. Lea-Francis was a motorcycle manufacturer which closed down in 1924, but it didn’t stop Bridge from making that classic motorcycle design as his inspiration. The 1914 V-Twin model has bulky front end, drifting to the rear via the angular fuel tank, small single seat to finally the carry cases famously placed on both sides of the rear wheels.
Lea-Francis Cafe Racer motorcycle has brought those key elements to its design. Your eyes will be drawn to the the muscular front end, exposing the brushed aluminum front suspension and steering components. The fuel tank of the 1914 has been exaggerated and houses the hydrogen powertrain, lithium-ion batteries and motor within one single unit. This enables the design to be clean and elegant; directly corresponding to the original inspiration.
Designer : John Bridge
The storage box has been relocated from the rear to sit above the main body, a subtle spin off from the norm. To keep the rear looking as light as possible the seat has been integrated into the main body, something that is unique to today’s motorcycles but a feature of the café racers of yesteryear.
Abiding by the philosophy of Lea-Francis Motorcycles this concept brings a dead brand into today’s society with a bang. Cutting edge looks and technology, Lea-Francis Cafe Racer will not only appeal to the fashion conscious, the speed freaks, but also the user who can appreciate classic design and may want a taste of a classic brand.
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