Can you spot what’s missing?
Smooth rear end
The result was to give the bike a distinctively simple suspension set-up. “We had to break out the maths geometry set,” says OEM, admitting that the Ripon was a complex thing to create, if not to look at. “There was plenty of room under the engine for a pull-type shock, so we duly obtained a secondhand Buell, created a jig that mounted off the bench and began extending the frame. After many trials and tweaks we got it bang on and couldn’t be more chuffed with the overall classic, uncluttered look it now possesses.”
We really love the Ripon’s combination of classic lines and radically restyled elements – especially that unfussy rear end.
Photos: Old Empire Motorcycles