Tuesday, 15 January 2013

The road-legal, two stroke sports-motorcycle is back!

The rural Lancashire market-town of Longridge, at the foot of the scenic Ribble Valley is not the obvious place to foster the re-birth of the manic, frenzied and ever-so-slightly anti-social two-stroke sports bike, but that’s exactly what has happened.  Hugh and Debbie Davies, founders of the Peregrine Motorcycle Co. Ltd. have undertaken this project, and the fruit of their labour is already causing a stir amongst enthusiasts who mourn the passing of LC’s, TZ’s, RG’s, NSR’s and the like.

The Peregrine OW 16 Replica

Hugh and Debbie have re-created a type of machine that had (or so everybody thought) passed into history and the brand new, hand built, and most importantly, fully road-legal Peregrine OW 16 Replica is the result.

The Peregrine was Inspired by the works 350cc Yamaha OW16 campaigned between 1973 and 1975 by the likes of Jarno Saarinen, Tepi Lansivouri, and of course Giacomo Agostini.  Where possible, everything has been created in the UK by some of the country’s best engineers and craftsmen. This includes: the frame, yokes, suspension, tank, seat, wiring-loom, generator, wheels, hollow titanium spindles, radiator, cables, expansion-chambers and works-replica paint-job. All these parts come together in Lancashire in what could quite possibly be the countries smallest motorcycle assembly facility, with Hugh and Debbie (both of whom left corporate, management positions to pursue a more rewarding lifestyle) handling everything from planning, design, sourcing, marketing, assembly, testing and of course, the dreaded accounting.

On The Road

The frames, closely based on the works original, are tig welded by hand in T45 from scratch and incorporate a number of changes to update the geometry, and provide a little extra room for use on the road. The bodywork is likewise based on the later works bike profile, but re-worked to create a less extreme riding position. The machine can be easily converted from cantilever to twin-shock rear suspension, and can be equipped with Dymag, or wire-spoke wheels. All the lighting equipment is quickly detachable to enable the bike to be used either on the road or on track in classic parades.

Hugh described the thinking behind the machine like this:

"Having elected to resurrect the two-stroke sports-bike, I decided that instead of trying to up-date the format with a beam frame, usd forks, etc, it would be fun to create a road-legal, grand-prix replica that Yamaha themselves might have produced in the mid ‘70’s, some five years prior to the release of the seminal and iconic 350LC.

Performance during initial off-road testing is already proving to be very exciting indeed, with the combination of a 75bhp, 392cc non-power-valve motor, and skeletal, 120kg weight providing phenomenal acceleration from a power-to-weight ratio not far removed from the works original, and all this on a ’13 plate too!"

Reliability and Performance

Key to the bike's appeal are the dual attractions of genuinely brand-new two-stroke power-plants, tuned for reliability and performance (no TZ style, costly re-builds every 300 miles!) and a broad range of chassis options that enable prospective purchasers to specify just the type of machine they want.

These options include:
  • Chassis – twin-shock or cantilever rear suspension, each with Hagon or Maxton units
  • Forks – 40mm Marzocchi, or fully adjustable, race-spec 35mm Maxton ‘Ceriani replica’ 
  • Wheels – 2.5 + 3.5 by 18 Dymag CH3, or Yamaha / talon hubs with a choice of 18in wire rim widths (2.15 front + 2.5 / 3.5 rear)
  • Brakes – Grimeca classic twin opposed piston, or Brembo ‘Gold-line’ for-pot callipers
  • Discs – 320mm fully floating, or 298mm TZ solid discs
  • Exhausts – Early, ‘low-boy’ or later upswept expansion chambers in ceramic coated steel, or polished stainless steel
  • Controls – adjustable clip-ons, mounted above or below the top yoke
  • Radiator – aluminium or black coated finish
  • Bodywork – currently ethanol-resistant GRP, with full Carbon Fibre tank / seat / mudguard, and Ally tank options to come
  • Equipment – Quickly detachable front and rear lighting kit enabling rapid conversion to track-spec
  • Paint-scheme – choice of classic ‘single stripe’ works style or ‘speed-block’ graphics, in solid / pearlescent / mat finishes

Obviously, this isn’t a touring bike, but it should be quite capable of providing that wonderful two-stroke power-band rush whenever the mood takes, be it a Sunday B-road thrash, or participating in one of the increasingly popular classic parades, held throughout the summer across the race-tracks of Britain. 

Built In Britain

Finally, Hugh and Debbie are thrilled to have made the final of the prestigious Carole Nash / MCN ‘Built in Britain’ competition.  By being voted into the finals by the British biking public, Peregrine’s OW16 Replica has already benefited from being displayed to over 100,000 motorcyclists at Motorcycle Live, the UK’s biggest motorcycle show hosted at Birmingham’s NEC. Reaching the finals also earned the bike a professional photography shoot and place in the annual Carole Nash calendar (June!) which is distributed free to over 60,000 bike fans.

Now the company faces a nerve-wracking wait to see if the OW16 has won the contest’s Pro-Builder category when the winner is announced at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show next month. With polls open until January 31st there’s still time for people to help Peregrine triumph by visiting www.mcnbuiltinbritain.co.uk and voting.

For more information, contact:

Hugh Davies 
The Peregrine Motorcycle Co. Ltd. 

Web: http://www.peregrinemotorcycles.co.uk/ 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/peregrinemotorcycles 



  1. Thanks for drawing my attention to this lovely looking - and sounding - bike.

    (However, the links don't seem to work?)

    Dave Gurman

    1. Aah - thanks for letting me know, sorry bout that - hopefully links should be ok now!:0)

  2. I want one for Christmas. Pleaseeeeeeeeeee