WAKAN has a special place for this blog as it was one of the very first posts, to be precise; it was the second post of the blog. Now after 200 odd posts, this is the second post on the firm from France that makes only a single bike, but what a bike!
Well, the first post was on the WAKAN 1640 and this is all about the Roadster Hundred. Basically it is the same bike but then it is not. The engine size and lot of specifications are same but this is almost a new bike. Joël Domergue is the man behind the movement of WAKAN. The Roadster is his creation as a tribute to American Muscle cars and particularly the Shelby's AC Cobra. The Roadster is powered by the American company S&S and its V-Twin engine displacing 100 cubic inches.
At the last EICMA, the bike received a very positive and enthusiastic reception. No doubt the bike looks fine in its naked styling and brawny looks. Fit and finish is high class and what adds to the bike’s overall look is the minimalist execution and of course you can make out that this bike has been hand-built. The huge massive S7S engine forms the heart of the bike and its appeal. Look at the monster exhaust. All finish in fine silver colour with the black left panel cover adding to the appeal. The very stylish tank and the overall curvy frame end with a nice minimal tail section. The handles are clip on and in between you find the fully digital console.
The bike comes in four colours, Black, White, Red and Silver, but Every Wakan Roadster can be personalized to the colour scheme preordered by the owner. It also comes with LeMans Legends white pearl and royal blue stripes. The targeted market is the U.S where Domergue figures to sell 75 percent of the limited-production Roadster. It is Euro 3 complaint but according to the website, it still has to get EPA/ DoT approval and as such the buyer from U.S would be responsible for the registration for on road purposes. As for the pricing, now that is something. The 1640 was costing $35,000 which was priced for the initial 15 bikes and was expected to get lower with more production. The Roadster is going to cost you dearly at $39,000 and whether there will be a subsequent fall in the price is not known. For a nicely styled machine with an S&S motor, the price does seem somewhat justified, but this is entering the Agusta and Ducati territory of high end bikes. Actually it is not entering, it is in that territory. Look back at the motorcycle with all the components and high end parts and the price do seem to be justified giving its custom status. So just for the lack of a disc brake and FI, don’t let it dampen your spirits, if you have the money, the WAKAN Roadster is definitely worth it. And if you still donot feel convinced, I am sure you have not seen video for if you did, just the sound of the bike would have tempted you to call up Mr. Joel.
Engine – 1640cc, S&S, 4 stroke, 45-deg. V-twin, OHV, 4v with dry sump
Bore & Stroke – 101.6 x 101.6mm
Transmission – 5 speed
Maximum power & torque – 120 bhp @ 5750 rpm & 165 Nm @ 4250 rpm
Compression ratio – 10.3:1
Ignition – CDI
Primary Drive – Gates belt / Carbon Kevlar cover
Clutch – Dry Wakan multi plate with hydraulic right side actuation
Gearbox – Wakan specific Andrews close ratio cluster
Frame – TIG welded chrome molybdenum steel tubular backbone
Front & Rear suspension – 46mm Ceriani inverted fork & Sachs shock (both with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping)
Front & Rear brake – Six-piston AJP caliper, 340mm disc & Two-piston AJP caliper, 220mm disc
Front & Rear tyres – 120/70ZR-17 & 180/55ZR-17 (both Michelin Pilot Power)
Seat height – 31.0 in.
Wheelbase – 54.3 in.
Fuel capacity – 3.4 gal.
Consumption – 5.8 liters per 100kms/ 41 miles per US gallonDry weight – 177 kg /403 lbs
Top Speed – 250kmph (156mph)
Price – $39,000