As with the Domiracer, the aim was to combine a hand-crafted design with advanced manufacturing techniques. “A craftsman in a shed might be able to make the lovely aluminium tank but he couldn’t make the carbon-fibre parts or billet yokes,” Skinner says. “Likewise Triumph or Ducati could make the carbon-fibre but they wouldn’t consider a fuel-tank that takes three days to make. So we’ve got a combination of components on the bike that are almost unique really, and most parts are made either here or locally.”
The monochrome look is enhanced by the stubby carbon-fibre single seat that holds the alloy oil-tank cap in its nose and, on the SS only, is painted with a subtle Union Jack flag. There’s more high-quality carbon in the airbox (complete with #1 numeral, in this first bike’s case), mudguards and the flyscreen above the round headlight. Cylinder barrels and the wire-spoked wheels’ aluminium rims are black, as are the frame and braced swing-arm. Even the Öhlins shock’s spring is black instead of the normal yellow.