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gladstone launches new model

Gladstone Motorcycles has unveiled the SE following the completion of its initial run of nine No 1 bobbers.

Gladstone was founded in 2010 by Henry Cole, presenter of The Motorbike Show (ITV4), Find It, Fix, It, Flog It (Channel 4), World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rides and Shed & Buried (both Travel Channel), and says it is the first bespoke British motorcycle brand to come to the market since Hesketh in 1982.

Launched in 2013, each Gladstone No 1 required a build programme lasting six months and was delivered with a brass plaque on the oil tank to denote the production number.

Designer Guy Willison describes the SE as “a slightly lazier, earthier version of the No1”.

“We wanted to build a bike where we didn’t have customers for it – this is what I’d build for myself as a personalised bike on the road. No outside influence – just me and Henry [Cole – TV presenter and company founder] building what we want to ride.”

The SE shares the key components that create the distinctive look of a Gladstone – Metisse nickel-plated rigid frame, bespoke alloy petrol tank and fake oil tank, 5” Smiths analogue speedo – but with some substantial changes:
•    Refurbished 650cc 4-speed T120R motor, with right-foot gear shift and single carburettor, replaces 750cc Triumph T140 engine, with 5-speed left foot gear shift.
•    Norman Hyde M-bars replace flat bars
•    Shorter (720mm) Ceriani front forks
•    Norton TLS front brake replaces Ceriani replica Grimeca 4-leading shoe drum
•    Painted Aston Martin Rosso red (all No.1s were black)
Much of the detail is changed too:
•    Flush-fitting petrol cap replaces Monza design
•    Doherty levers
•    Natural rubber Tommaselli handlebar grips
•    Brass bezel on headlamp and tail light
•    Alcantara seat with red stitching colour-matched to paintwork
Each SE will be built to order, so customers can specify various aspects of the machine, such as colour, grips and saddle, to suit their taste.

The company is named in honour of Cole’s uncle, Dick ‘Red Beard’ Gladstone, a true British eccentric who fettled and rode the best of British motorcycles, Gladstone build limited runs of quintessentially British handmade motorcycles for “discerning hooligans”.



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