Darwin Motorcycles describes its award-winning Brass Balls Model 1 bobber as “a traditional old-school design wrapped in a flat black tuxedo”. It’s a quality bike: power comes from 80 cubes of Harley EVO, driving through a Baker 5-speed box. That black ceramic-coated exhaust is a D&D Performance item. S&S provides carburetion, and the rubber is Metzler.
But the real kicker is the low price: just $18,595. Company boss Dar Holdsworth explains: “We are all looking for alternatives to do more with less. The Model 1 embodies our current realities.” This is one US custom builder that deserves to prosper after many big names have collapsed.