“Panache” means “flamboyant confidence of style or manner.” Given that definition, it’s no wonder that Panache Custom Machines chose the name. Their bikes definitely display a wealth of confidence. Their Falkor custom bike, for instance, is a thing of beauty and style.
Charles Murillon found the base of the Falkor bike in a barn and started slowly plugging away at the custom build. “It took about two years from the moment I started unscrewing parts until the finished product was ready,” explains Murillon. Why such a long build time? “I had to wait to be able to afford the quality parts I wanted on it.” The “never-ending build” lead to the name of the bike. “Hence the nickname ‘Falkor’—the famous white dragon from the ’80s movie Neverending Story.”
During the build, Murillon spent a year at Diamond Atelier, where he learned about customising bikes. You can detect some of Diamond Atelier’s influence. Murillon took the 1977 Yamaha XS 360 and fabricated a new rear hoop that consists of seven different tube sections. He also added in brushed stainless steel side panels.
The electrical system needed a complete overhaul, which Murillon completed with a Motogadget M-Unit, antigravity lithium battery, and a custom wiring harness. Dual front disc brakes, a new master cylinder, and braided lines were also added. Murillon finished off the build with a blue, white, and black colour scheme.
It may have taken some time, but Falkor is a dream that’s finally flying down the highways.