As the custom scene morphs through ever-changing trends and styles custom workshops come and go, but it’s seems that some of the more traditional outfits are weathering the storm. As it becomes easier for the hobbyist to either bolt-on their dream design thanks to the eBay and a growing array of specialist retailers or walk into a dealership and ride home on a really decent custom-ish motorcycle, it’s now harder than ever to pay the bills by building bikes.
Foundry Motorcycle down near Chichester, West Sussex have been ticking along nicely for a few years now underpinned by a solid knowledge of time-honoured skills and proper old fashioned craftsmanship. Tom and Alex work out of a meagre unit on an unassuming industrial estate behind a school yet produce bikes to a standard suggestive of a much grander facility. There’s a small coffee counter, a stock of gear and parts, place to hangout, a welding and grinding room, a dark place where the grubby stuff happens and an actual workshop no bigger than a double garage. And yes, there is an actual foundry on site. Albeit a very small one but the guys melt down old engine cases to cast their own triple clamps. Motogadget RFID meets the Bronze Age.
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