There’s a road test of the Wakan 1640 by Peter Egan in the new Cycle World and a few interesting items emerged. First is that only 3 bikes currently exist though they are planning to build 15 more this year, primarily for testing and and showing to potential investors. But what I found most interesting, is that they want to build the Wakan in the U.S.! All of the jigs, molds and forms are complete and paid for and if they can find the right investor with a factory over here, we’ll have another U.S. builder. I like that.
Of course, the company and design come from France but where better to build a V-twin like this than over here? I still think it’s one of the best looking V-twin designs to come along in quite some time. When Domergue, the company owner and man behind the bike, was asked why someone should buy the Wakan instead of a Buell he had a great quote: “Buell, I think, covers up the Sportster engine and wishes they had something else. The Wakan is a celebration of the Sportster engine. It’s the centerpiece of the motorcycle, the soul of the bike.” With Buell supposedly looking at Rotax powered dirtbikes for their future, he may be spot on.
They guesstimate price at $32,000 to $35,000, a price tag that may send a few folks back over to Buell but if you can afford it, I think this would be the way to go.
Related: Wakan 1640 – New French V-twin