Avinton Collector




Make Model

Avinton Collector




Four stroke, 45°V-twin. OHV, 4 can pushrod.


1640 cc / 100 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 101.6 x 101.0 mm
Cooling System Air cooled
Compression Ratio 10.3:1


Single 42mm Keihin FCR flatside downdraft


Starting Electric

Max Power

120 hp / 89.5 kW @ 6250 rpm

Max Torque

120 ft-lb / 165 Nm @ 4250 rpm


5 Speed
Final Drive Belt
Frame TIG welded chrome-moly steal tubular backbone frame with integrated oil tank.

Front Suspension

46mm Cariani Italy inverted fully adjustable forks

Rear Suspension

Extruded aluminum swinging arm with Sachs shocks

Front Brakes

Single 340mm disc 6 piston caliper

Rear Brakes

Single 220mm disc 2 piston caliper

Front Tyre

120/70 ZR17

Rear Tyre

180/55 ZR17
Seat Height 790 mm / 31.1 in

Dry Weight

177 kg / 390 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

13 Litres / 3.4 US gal

In 2006 diminutive French manufacturer Wakan Motorcycles introduced its own Wakan 1640, a gritty naked sportsbike designed around a S&S-sourced 1640 cc V-Twin encrusted in a deliberately minimal frame. The idea behind this model was to emulate what AC Cobra did with its cars, which was installing a muscular American engine in a small and light chassis typical of the European school.

The resulting bike, the Wakan 1640, had a look that was definitely appealing, but then the years went by and - after a short sequence of prototypes - the news about Wakan became less and less frequent, with the latest updates reporting of a desperate search for investors which, unfortunately, did not generate great interest. For a while we believed that Wakan was yet another case of newborn motorcycle manufacturer doomed to fade into obscurity, but luckily the end of the story is different from what we had imagined.

Wakan in fact is with us again with a new name, Avinton Motorcycles, and a new model called ‘Collector’, which is more or less the same bike that we had the pleasure to meet a few years back. The engine is the once again the 1640 cc air cooled S&S 45-degrees V-Twin, with the current specifications claiming a power of 120 hp at 5,750 rpm, 163 Nm of torque at 4,250 rpm and a weight in running order of 195 kg. The air intake on the fake fuel tank is still there, with the fuel that finds its place under the saddle.