8:00am Saturday 3rd May 2014
A Bradford-based luxury car design company has added another string to its bow and unveiled its first motorcycle. In collaboration with renowned luxury motorcycle brand Lauge Jensen, A. Kahn Design has branched out from cars and timepieces.
The A.Kahn Design Lauge Jensen, limited edition motorbike was unveiled in London alongside the Prince of Denmark and former Miss Universe and I’m A Celebrity contestant Amy Willerton.
The 160mph machine, described as combining a post-war modern bike impression with the attitude of a cafe-racer, is based on a Lauge Jensen Great Dane.
“This was a joint venture,” said A.Kahn Design owner Afzal Kahn. “Being a designer, this was something that was not complicated for me and I had to understand how bikes work.
“However, we realised that there was a lot of synergy between the two brands and after many thoughts and ideas, I decided to build and design the bike in collaboration with Lauge Jensen.
“I also recognised that the UK is a bit different in terms of design – customers are looking for something that is ‘not in your face’.”
The Canal Road-based firm, which is also known as Project Kahn, has already sold ten of the bikes, with buyers rumoured to include Middle Eastern royalty, Premier League footballers and Hollywood stars.
Jamie Kahn, operations director at Kahn, described the firm’s pride at being based in Bradford and producing its first motorbike.
He said: “We are a Bradford-based company that has been going for 27 years now. It is a big step for us. It is a big thing bringing out a motorbike.”
He added: “We could pick up now and have our headquarters in London or Paris, but we choose to have it in Bradford.
“It is where we have been brought up, it’s part of our roots. We fly the flag for Bradford.”
Afzal Kahn added: “Offering the facility to design and create bespoke vehicles to the client’s needs, we pride ourselves on the quality of our products. The fit and finish of the designs has to be representative or better than the original bodywork and interior.
“If somebody is spending a hundred thousand pounds on a vehicle, it is our duty to ensure that our work is to a standard which but improves the vehicle both aesthetically and functionally.”
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