Having only been founded as recently as 2004, Saxon Motorcycle Company is a fairly new name in the motorcycle market. The company specializes in production custom model motorcycles that are reasonably priced. While much of the custom bike market is defined by a fragmented manufacturing process, Saxon Motorcycle Company applies professional management and production processes to produce quality custom style bikes. The company was founded by passionate motorcycle enthusiasts with years of experience in management, production, and creative enterprises. With a talented team of engineers, designers, and manufacturers, Saxon has quickly established itself as a player in the production custom bike market. Saxon Motorcycles are manufactured in Gilbert, AZ and the company has a dealer network across the U.S. and Canada, with distributors in Europe, South Africa, and Australia. But despite making a fairly strong start into the custom bike market, Saxon Motorcycles has suffered something of a downturn as the custom bike craze has subsided. The company’s all-in approach has left them somewhat stranded as the whims of a fickle buying public rapidly shift towards the latest new trends in motorcycles. Sold once before in 2009 when the original owners found it too much of a struggle to maintain, Saxon is currently for sale yet again. Having seen their American market share diminish in the past couple years, the company is also currently working to establish dealerships across Europe in countries like Belgium, France, Germany, Portugal, Denmark, Russia, and the Netherlands. In the past Saxon has been criticized for its customer services and its problematic warranties. Whether or not the company will be able to move beyond these setbacks remains to be seen. But in spite of all these troubles, the company keeps making great production custom models such as the 2012 Saxon Motorcycle Reaper.
The 2012 Saxon Motorcycle Reaper is retro custom bobber that’s boldly styled and reasonably priced. The same 1566cc S&S engine that is used by other bikes in the Saxon Motorcycle line powers the Reaper. While issued in standard black, the engine is also available in polished chrome. Other optional upgrades for the Reaper include four levels of special paint, polished transmission, polished billet wheels, a chrome package, a black package, and a choice of two custom S&S engines. The model comes standard with solid paint, but like all Saxon Motorcycles, the Reaper leaves ample room for customization. Not that it necessarily cries out for it, With its 80-spoke wheels, fat back tire, and gradually raked front end, the 2012 Saxon Motorcycle Reaper comes right off the line with a look that already says classic custom. But if you’re one of those riders who can’t get too much of a good thing, you can choose from a selection of custom paint, finishes, accessories, and wheels. Recently Saxon Motorcycles made a deal with Sinister Industries allowing riders to choose from Sinister’s catalog of specially designed custom features and accessories.
While Saxon Motorcycles the company may have some ways to go in terms of sorting themselves out, they’ve surely produced a fine production custom bike in the 2012 Saxon Motorcycles Reaper. A two-wheel hot rod that’s completely street legal, the 2012 Reaper is an able performer on the highway and on the city streets. The bike’s Sportster-style tank accommodates 3.25 gallons of gas. And the engine’s S&S Super E carburetor helps minimize starting troubles and maximize throttle response. The engine has a throaty rumble to it and reviews indicate the Rivero-Primo transmission shifts nicely through all six gears. If the model is not the most commonly seen bike on the streets today, it’s not so much a reflection on its quality as it is of the fact that the public’s fascination with custom bikes has waned significantly in the past few years.