Having only been founded as recently as 2004, Saxon Motorcycle Company is one of the newest names to enter onto the motorcycle market. The company specializes in production custom model motorcycles that are reasonably priced. While much of the custom bike market being dominated by a manufacturing process that’s fragmented, Saxon Motorcycle Company applies professional management and production processes to produce reliable, 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 strong start into the cruiser market, Saxon Motorcycles has suffered something of a downturn as the custom bike craze has subsided. Suffering at the whims of a fickle buying public that rapidly moves on to the next big thing, Saxon Motorcycles is in danger of becoming a casualty of changing tastes amongst riders. Sold once before in 2009 when the original owners found it too much of a struggle to maintain the company, Saxon is 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. However they have continued to produce quality custom motorcycles such as the 2012 Saxon Motorcycle Warlord.
The 2012 Saxon Motorcycles Warlord is the company’s flagship chopper. The bike sports a long and low profile that definitely demands attention. But despite its extreme low-slung look, the Warlord is balanced flawlessly and has been meticulously designed to maximize rider comfort. A modern reinterpretation of the iconically classic chopper, the 2012 Saxon Motorcycle Warlord has a rebellious charisma about it. A 1566cc S&S engine that’s black but available in polished chrome powers the 2012 Warlord. It’s got a solid paint job and 80-spoke wheels that emphasize its retro chopper look. The Warlord’s powerful engine shifts smoothly, thanks to a right side drive six-speed transmission. Optional upgrades for the 2012 Warlord include four levels of special paint including entirely custom, polished engine and transmission, polished billet wheels, chrome package, black package, S&S 111ci Engine, and an S&S V100 EFI Engine. Like all Saxon Motorcycles, the Warlord is wide open for customization with riders being able to choose custom paint, custom finish, accessories, and custom wheels. In 2011 Saxon Motorcycles struck a deal with Sinister Industries, giving users access to Sinister’s entire line of custom graphics, paint, and other accessories.
The 2012 Saxon Motorcycles Warlord has a low seat height of just 26 inches, making it easy to ride confidently and keep your feet in touch with the ground when needed. The 45-degree V-twin engine has plenty of power and low-end torque. The bike’s front forks have an extreme 40-degree rake and the back tire is fat, like that of a drag bike. Some of the more modern features on the 2012 Saxon Motorcycles Warlord include a digital speedometer, electronic ignition, and telescopic front shocks. 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 Warlord. 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.