Peter Ormerod, of Ormerod Rutter, set out to create a custom-made motorbike that incorporated the look and feel of a traditional old school bike with the advancements and performance of the best modern technology.
He wanted his creation to be a bike that could be ridden and not a showpiece that looked great but would never be used.
After much research, Peter and ‘Second City Customs’ in Bromsgrove created a unique machine that symbolises what Research and Development are all about.
The Complete Machine
The engine is an S&S 83 cubic inch Panhead which gives the correct period look without the inherent period oil leaks, this is hooked to a five-speed Harley box via a 2 BDL open belt drive and finished with lovely fishtail pipes are the work of Second City Customs.
The frame is a Kraft/Tech Softail with progressive shocks. The front end is comprised of a stainless 80 spoke wheel with a Harrison Billet disc and four pot calliper, smooth Cerani forks in perfect Rebuffini yokes, Biltwell ‘bars and Rebuffini controls and the forwards are kraft/tech and the headlight is an aftermarket billet one with the shell painted.
The elegant dished tank is an Indian Larry, all the way from the USA, that’s been cut and narrowed for a more pleasing shape, and the sprung seat behind it is a one-off by Second City that’s covered in hand-crafted hide by Caer Urfa Leather and is a work of art itself. The rear guard is the hidden bracing that allows the bike to take the weight of a pillion, as well as house the hidden wiring, rear light and indicators which were all done in-house at the Second City workshop.
The was done beautifully designed scrollwork and tank motifs were commissioned by Reborn to be Wild with the engraving produced by the legendary Don Blocksidge. The paint, in particular, is what gives the bike its theme and its name - a nod back to the 19th century, where well to do gentleman would meet in their clubs and indulge in sorts of things that you wouldn’t want your mother to know about.
The bike was entered into the AMD World Championship in 2013 and won the prestigious S&S President’s Award for Best Production Custom, which gained Peter a trophy the size of a fire extinguisher and the acclaim of custom builders from around the world.
You can see ‘The Naughty Gentleman’ and possibly meet its creator at this year’s Hill Climb on the Ormerod Rutter Stand in Parkland South.