Click here for an CycleVIN Motorcycle History Report on this Ecosse Iconoclast. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.
Ecosse Moto Works was started by Denver, Colorado-based husband and wife duo Don and Wendy Atchison (who were Confederate and Bimota dealers prior to starting up their own brand). Unfortunately, both Confederate and Bimota were experiencing some tough financial times when the Atchisons were trying to move their wares, which ultimately led the couple to starting Ecosse. The story is well documented in this Cycle World review, but it starts back when Don was in grad school, after already getting his BS in mechanical engineering. He’d grown up riding dirt and sport bikes but had gotten into Harleys when he got back into riding.
“It drove me nuts that Harley’s wouldn’t turn, [and] wouldn’t brake. I thought, ‘Why can’t someone retain the fun and torque of that motor in a chassis that works?’” said Don. Fast forward to 2001 and Ecosse Moto Works was founded. EMW would spend three years developing the Heretic, creating two increasingly evolved prototype machines before churning out the third version – the X3 – which would go into production. “I was a fan of Leonardo Da Vinci, and he’s known as the original heretic,” Don stated when explaining the machine’s moniker.
Ecosse would go on to create 100 examples of the Heretic, but they also created an upgraded model called the Iconolast which was built exclusively for 20ltd.com. Ecosse planned on creating just 11 examples – this listing is #1 and we’ve never actually seen another one so we don’t know how many of the planned 11 were actually built.
Powering the Iconoclast is a billet aluminum, 45-degree hand-built and assembled S&S 120 ci (1,966cc) V-twin with a dynamically balanced crank that greatly reduces engine vibration. The powerful American V-twin makes a claimed 135 hp and 140 ft-lbs of torque at the rear wheel (up by 5 and 3 on the Heretic, respectively).
Married to the engine is a six-speed close ratio gearbox made by (Burt) Baker with final overdrive gear. The beefy small-production powerplant inhales through Mikuni 45mm flat slide carbs while burnt fumes are spit from hand-crafted Ecosse two-into-one-into-two dual under tail titanium exhausts built specifically for the Iconoclast series.
What really makes the Iconoclast shine lies in the frame and suspension. The frame, sub-frame, and swing-arm are all composed of trick 4130 chrome-moly tubing that was TIG welded by hand. The chassis and swingarm are heavily derived from Italian superbike designs while the suspenders are equally sport/race oriented, being made up of special upside-down fully adjustable Ohlins units fore and aft manufactured specifically for Ecosse.
The majority of the components on the Iconoclast are race-oriented, and even the materials used to build the bike are derived straight from the track. The brakes on the exotic V-twin are ISR dual six-piston radial calipers with 320mm full-floating damped disks in front and 260mm single two-piston unit in back.
The 4.2 gallon tank is all handmade from a carbon fiber/carbon kevlar/fiberglass matrix blend. The headlight housing, fenders, tail-section, tachometer shroud, and seat pan are all made from carbon fiber.
The adjustable footpegs have a dozen different positions and the bike itself has 6.5 inches of ground clearance the bike weighs in at 460 pounds dry. The exclusive model also boasts three separate riding modes: dragster, road racer, and cruiser. One subtle touch is that the legally-required DOT labels for the kill switch, ignition, horn, and turn signals are all machined into the parts. “I refused to do stickers,” said Don.
Work included tear down, inspection, and reassembly of the engine, transmission, primary drive, and chassis. The camshaft and crank bushing interface areas were refinished, the transmission got new shift forks and new gears (1st through 3rd), and several new parts were installed. Highlights include a gasket set, clutch basket starter ring gear, li-ion battery, Precision products wrist pins, hydraulic lifters, oil pump, reed style case breather, throttle and clutch cables, Michelin Power RS tires, and several smaller pieces.
Don sent the seller this video of the bike’s “maiden voyage after refurbishment,” noting that “all is going very well. We will ride her some more, change the oil, and complete a final inspection.”