Our build process is similar to that of the 50s and 60s racing era, where manufacturers would remove the heavy steel bodies from their saloon and sports cars and replace them with a lightweight aluminium body, whist simultaneously improving the chassis and engine performance. This process has created some of the most successful and iconic race cars in history. This classic era embodies a combination of effortless style and a fundamental quality and with this as the basis of our inspiration, we focus on incorporating increased reliability and our own distinctive style.
It is an important part of our ethos not to tear up a great production bike to make something potentially harder or less practical to ride, but more to celebrate the efforts of the manufacturer by retaining the core of the bike and redressing it with new lightweight bodywork with some upgraded components.
Founder Calum Pryce-Tidd was lucky enough to grow up with a father and grandfather who both had a deep interest in anything automotive. His Grandfather has racked up over 250,000 miles on his Vincent Rapide maintaining the bike throughout his life and using it as his sole means of transport. His father has owned his Vincent since he was 19. These motorcycles have had a big impact on Calum and his route into motorcycles.
The family’s hands on approach to motorcycles, classic cars, boats, and aircraft plays a large influence in inspiring the aesthetic approach to design, a militant attention to detail and a desire to create great looking motorcycles that are made to be ridden.
Des joined deBolex shortly after the company was formed. A true perfectionist and master of his skills, Des has a background covering many areas of craftsmanship. His love for classic cars has kept him busy over the years so his route into motorcycle building came later in life but with a passion for all things mechanical and an impeccable eye for detail meant turning his hand to two wheels came naturally.