- Charles Leclerc with his new bike [Copyright: Bike Exif]

Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc got a custom-made Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 for himself by French company Bad Winners.

Leclerc has joined the list of F1 drivers to have a custom-made two-wheel bike at his home, as he requested Walid from French company, Bad Winners, to customise a Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 for the Monegasque.

"It started with a simple message on Instagram," said Bad Winners' Walid in an interview to Bike Exif website. "A message from Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc to the Bad Winners account! At first I thought it was spam.

"Charles said, ‘I’ve been following you for a while, and I really like your motorcycles. Would it be possible to make me one?' We then worked on the shapes in 3D modeling, before launching our 3D printers to get master parts ready for the manufacture of the molds.

"Charles wanted carbon parts, as well as carbon wheels [for his custom-made Vitpilen 701]. Having always worked with Dymag in the UK, I asked them to manufacture the wheels. All other parts of the carbon trim were made in-house.

"Who has dreamed of being able to change their speedo and handlebar controls, without having to cut out the wiring of their motorcycle? It’s especially hard on a current model such as the Vitpilen 701—modern motorcycles are rolling computers."

Walid revealed that Leclerc was impressed by his work on the Yamaha FZS600, termed as 'The Apex' and so the new project has been named as 'The Apex 2.0'. The new bodywork has a futuristic design with an influence from KTM Duke 790 and it is all carbon.

After all the changes, whether to its body and or electronics, the power delivery is up from 75 horsepower to 85 and the carbon body has lowered its weight from 157 kilogram to about 130. Bad Winners can build a similar model for customers at €20,990 or US$23,400.

In case you wish to see couple more shots and a video, you can find it in the original story.

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[Image courtesy: Bike Exif] [Note: This story was written by me on FormulaRapida.net]

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