Proudly presenting “Bootneck” – a very special custom Interceptor 650 built by Saltire Motorcycles to support the amazing work done by the Royal Marines’ official charity – the The Royal Marines Charity.
This one-of-a-kind build was auctioned at the Royal Marines Charity Gala dinner on 30th November at London’s Guildhall, raising an astonishing £60,000 for the RMA cause.
The show piece of the build is a one-of-a-kind Commando ‘Fairbairn Sykes’ fighting knife, embedded and underlit within the bespoke fuel tank – the handle of the knife is hewn from Achnacarry Oak, sourced from the very location in the Highlands where Commandos were sent to complete their basic training.
The hand stitched leather saddle, with subtly etched nods to Commando 80 and Falklands 40, is finished with stitching in Royal Marine colours, which is carried on through the custom paintwork with the Royal Marines’ insignia taking pride of place on the tank.
The given name of the build, “Bootneck”, is after the nickname given to the Marines, denoted in the late 18th Century when the British Marines used to wear leather stocks around their necks.