French made Wakan 1640 is a naked sport bike built on the same
principle as Carol Shelby's AC Cobra, a powerful American engine
in a fine handling and lightweight European chassis.
The 100 cu in (1640 cc) S&S V-twin engine develops 115 horsepower
with 115 ft lbs of torque, and is complimented by a ram-air
style scoop protruding through the 'fuel tank' (the real fuel
tank is located beneath the seat).
The Wakan 1640 is the product of Joel Domergue, creator of the
Scorpa and other trials motorcycles. After selling up his trials
bike company in 2003, he used the money to start making the
Wakan 1640. On his own at first, but later with Engineering
and More Ltd (another company Domague established) he developed
the Wakan 1640 in secret over 3 years, with the first prototype
ready in 2005, and 3 more road ready in 2006.
The Wakan 1640 was built with several guiding principles and
- Rigid frame for exceptional handling
- Visible engine for aesthetic reasons
- Low centre of gravity to reduce weight transfer
- A Maximum weight under 180 kg (395 lbs)
- Forward riding position for improved control
The design requirements of the Wakan 1640 resulted in some innovative
engineering solutions including; a petrol tank under and forward
of the front seat to lower the center of gravity, a fuel filler
located in the top of the tail section, linking the engine at
8 points to the tubular oil carrying frame to create a load
bearing structure, and locating the airbox and ram-air inlet
above the engine where the fuel tank is usually found in order
to leave the engine uncluttered.
Wakan intend to produce and sell the 1640 for around €28,000