Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Bill Davidson at Warrs

It was great to get a call this week to go to Warrs  (Europe's oldest Harley Dealer) to meet Bill Davidson, great-grandson of company co-founder, William A. Davidson, who is now responsible for the Harley Museum in Milwaukee.  He has been over on a tour and it was great to have a chat up on the roof of the dealership in Chelsea with a few other lucky folks.  I bought my FXD new in 1999 from Warrs which became the Caesar Racer, and my grandfather bought his Harley from there too in the 1930's, so I have always been fond of the place.

Warrs have a lift so they can get bikes up on the roof too, and on display was a fantastic build by Charlie Stockwell of a bike for Evisu Jeans, featuring their denim in nice details like cable wrap.  But the highlight for me was the exquisite engraving of the engine by an old engraver who worked for Holland and Holland (Gunsmiths) the resultant metal was then nickel plated.  The bike has now been sold to F1 Driver Jensen Button, whose lovely girlfriend was there as well.

1 comment:

JAP Motorcycles said...

Such a beautiful bike. When they said it was Jensons bike I was confused cause I knew they built it for Evisu, but it all makes sense now! :)

The hand tooling is sublime!


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