Allen Millyard is lined up as a guest of honour at the fast approaching Stafford Classic Bike Show. And throughout the weekend he’ll be answering questions on stage about his amazing two-wheeled creations.
Millyard is renowned for creating an array of mind-boggling bikes – and has built more than 30 multi-cylinder machines ranging from four and five-pot, two-stroke Kawasaki machines, to a V12 based on a Z1300.
After more than two decades he’s produced dozens of Kawasaki fours, fives, little Honda V-twins, V8 and V12 Kawasakis, the Viper V10, the Flying Millyard five-litre V-twin and the six-cylinder RC374 ‘Hailwood Tribute’ which was displayed at last year’s April show. Allen was able to craft the RC374 from scratch in the workshop next to his house in seven months.
His Viper V10 is by far his most ambitious project to date. Not only was 90% of it handmade by Millyard himself in the single garage at home – but it’s actually fully road legal. The 800cc, 500bhp two-wheeler reached more than 200mph at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground.
Back in April this year at the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show, Allen unveiled his new creation, the Velocette V-twin. Created in his garage in just eight weeks, and following previous Millyard masterpieces such as his V12 Kawasaki Z2300, five-cylinder Kawasaki KH and six-cylinder RC374 replica (made using two Yamaha FZ250R engines), the bike is what Millyard imagines a Velocette V-twin from the 1930s might have been like.
Having first bought the donor bike back in 1979, the inspiration to turn it into something special came at last year’s Stafford show where he was displaying his Hailwood Tribute. After seeing a Velocette at the show, he remembered he had a broken one at home so he bought some parts for it at the show.