Whisky Focus - Smokehead Set To Unveil Customised Ducati 'The Smoker'

Smokehead Set To Unveil Customised Ducati 'The Smoker'

30th October 2019
The customised Ducatati, The Smoker, will launch at The Bike Shed, Shoreditch on 12th November with craftsman Tyler Lunceford in attendance.

Tyler Lunceford and the customised Ducati The Smoker (Credit: John Need)

You may recall in February this year Smokehead Islay Single Malt Whisky teamed up with Tyler Lunceford in a project to build a one-of-a-kind, customised Ducati, inspired by vintage motorcycles, well the time has now come to reveal the customised Ducati bike which they have christened ĎThe Smokerí.

The expertly crafted motorcycle will be unveiled to media, trade and bike fanatics on 12th November in London at The Bike Shed, Shoreditch.

Hosting the evening will be bike blogger Motobob who will run a Q&A with Tyler, while custom motorcycle helmet designer Piers Dowell paints two Smokehead helmets live on the night. Bike fans will enjoy video footage of the creation of The Smoker, including the final video of the bike on the open road.

Mind-blowing cocktails made with Smokehead, Smokehead High Voltage and Smokehead Sherry Bomb will be served throughout the night, including The Smoker serve, created exclusively for the project - a robust mix of Smokehead, lemon juice, honey syrup, ginger liqueur, a pinch of activated charcoal, shaken over ice and strained into a rocks glass, garnished with crystallised ginger.

The Bike Shed Motorcycle Club is a collective who celebrate bike builders, riders and fans, and is one of the UKís best-known venues for customised motorcycles.

US born Lunceford of North Motorcycles is a renowned global biking sensation (known as the Ducati Whisperer of the New York tri-state) with over 20 years experience customising bikes for obsessive bikers and rock stars. He owned a workshop in Brooklyn but recently relocated to Edinburgh, Scotland to raise a family, and this is where he crafted The Smoker.

Commenting on the partnership with Smokehead and the finished bike: ďSmokeheadís support of unique craftsmen and women resonated with me immediately. Building a customised bike is an incredible process. And itís a slow process. Notching, welding, grinding, every single detail needs to be accounted for. I wanted to make sure this bike was phenomenal before unleashing it.

ďI wanted to make a bike for the street, something thatís comfortable, with a really vintage appeal. This isnít a bike thatís going to be polished and put in a museum.

ďSmokehead whisky is not for everyone and neither is The Smoker - itís bold, itís intimidating and itís loud. Itís really loud. It attracts a certain crowd. Itís certainly not for everyone. I canít wait for the unveiling at The Bike Shed.Ē

Adding his thoughts, Iain Weir, Smokehead Brand Director, said: ďWeíre overwhelmed with how The Smoker has turned out. Tyler has exceeded expectations and created something incredible for Smokehead. Just like our whisky, The Smoker is bold, daring, independent and most importantly, not for everyone.Ē

You will also find current Smokehead whisky range available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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