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Wakan 1640


Wakan 1640

Wakan 1640

Wakan 1640

Wakan 1640

Year of specifications 2006
Engine 1639 cc V-Twin
Transmission chain
Top speed -
0-60 MPH -
Horsepower 115 hp @ 6250 rpm
Weight 177 kg / 390 lbs
Seat height -

The 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 engineering criteria:
- 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 ($35,000, £19,000).






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