Within the motorcycle and automotive world there are rules—not explicitly stated rules, but they can be seen. The American sport model has always been about power and how to produce as much of it as possible—brash, masculine machines that are purpose built. European brands have always led with an understated elegance and accentuated their builds with impressive performance to match.These rules vary from country to country and class to class, but when those rules are broken and the lines in the sand intermingle, that is when greatness is achieved. Such is the case with Avinton Motorcycles, based out of Sommières, France.Visit the Ultimate MotorCycling Custom Motorcycles Page.From the unlikely mind of Cédric Klein, an engineer who specialized in thermodynamic systems, comes the Avinton Collector Race R—a track bike unlike any you have seen. From French hands spring a distinct muscle bike that proudly wears its influences on its sleeves. Though the result was not predictable, this motorcycle is exactly what you would expect from someone who deeply admired one of the nest vehicles to ever be produced in the United States—the Shelby Cobra.As a child, Klein, like many of us, first saw the Cobra in its original form—the AC Cobra—as it lapped European race tracks, setting the automotive world ablaze. That image has been engrained in him and, in 2011 when he acquired Avinton Motorcycles, it was the muse for their designs.
In true American Muscle form, Klein began the Collector Race R with the engine—not only a performance choice, but an aesthetic focus, as our gaze is perpetually redirected towards it. Powering the Avinton is a 100 cubic inch Garrett-turbocharged S&S Cycle V100C motor that is said to produce a blistering 210 horsepower at 5750 rpm and a stump-pulling 214 ft/lbs at just 3000 rpm. Those numbers are not only astounding, but also intimidating, even in the friendly confines of a racetrack.The Keihin 41mm at slide carburetor has an almost brutal quality to it, knowing that air is being forced through its plumbing that wraps around the 45-degree V-twin engine, in a visual cacophony. With an exhaust system that releases out of a straight pipe, it will produce a sound that we can only imagine as a monstrous roar.
Carbon fiber in a classic setting might begin to clash. Instead, the Collector Race R takes a page from café racers of days gone by, and is nothing short of perfection. Angular, compact and utilitarian, it is the spearhead of ambition.A curious feature from Avinton is the air intake, which has been integrated into the fuel tank—directly through the center no less. Carbon fiber-routed forced induction makes it way from the nose into the turbocharger, creating pure energy.With the center of the motorcycle dominated by the turbocharger, you will understandably wonder where the fuel is carried. To solve that puzzle, Avinton has designed a sculpted 3.4-gallon tank out of the rear tail.After the exhaust gasses have performed their various duties, they are directed to gorgeous aluminum race-inspired pipes. The slim profile reminds us of aesthetics that might be found on the types of machines Hailwood, Agostini, and Smart would have been seen blazing around the cozy streets of Europe.The British café influence doesn’t cease there. Like all things Avinton has done, Klein has taken classic concepts and thrust them into modernity. Inverted Ceriani 46 mm forks, fully adjustable, are held at an alarmingly steep 22-degree rake, and clip-ons speak to the Collector Race R’s nimble nature. Images of tucking down behind the petite windscreen while desperately clinging to the Collector Race R come to mind. A single machined air/oil-shock blends in masterfully. Nothing detracts from the overall build.The classic American Muscle style involves racing stripes, a trait that Carol Shelby popularized and made a fixture of Americana. It is a design trait that many have imitated, but few have replicated properly. From nose to tail, the dark dual stripes run through the light-blue paint that only a bike with these kinds of numbers could get away with. Sleek contour pro ling adorns the Collector Race R, and it is apparent that this is something more than a simple compendium of the inspirations of others.What isn’t American is the weight. At a respectable 423 pounds (claimed wet), this is a muscle twin that defies what we associate with American Muscle. The Avinton Collector Race R is light on its feet while delivering punishing power. Then again, what is more American than “Float like a butterfly; sting like a bee”?How many of us would want nothing more than to put this on our preferred track and see what it is capable of doing? The first order of business would be to discover if we are even capable of handling so much potential performance.All of this sits upon modern racing slicks, the final touch at combining the qualities that have continued to inspire us since their inspection. For Cédric Klein, his fascination with American Muscle means taking only the best of those mentalities and distilling them into the Avinton Collector Race R—imaginative, unfettered and daring. It is a reminder that if you risk, and if you have faith, something can be created that never fails to ignite our thoughts.
Avinton Collector Race R Specs:
MOTOR: S&S Cycle V100C
BORE X STROKE: 101.6 x 101.6mm
DISPLACEMENT: 1647cc / 100 ci
INTAKE: Garrett turbocharger and Keihin 41mm atslide carburetor
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!