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aostling
09-28-2011, 08:54 PM
I spotted this Harley in a clothing shop window in Tucson yesterday. Rather too tarted up, I'd say, but I'm sure you've seen more outlandish creations than this. I do like the colors, though.

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u183/aostling/HDaircleaner.jpg

TGTool
09-28-2011, 10:11 PM
And they called it The Iguana maybe? :D

GKman
09-29-2011, 08:00 AM
Whenever I want to view fine art, I visit Flat Track classifieds. http://vft.org/vftforsale2.html

To me a flattracker is the most beautifully scaled form-as-function machine in the world. This week's treat a JAP engine form the '30's.

EVguru
09-29-2011, 08:50 AM
Cafe' racers are more my thing;

http://www.stevetonkin-restorations.co.uk/bikes/14%20Tonkin%20Tempest.jpg

http://www.stevetonkin-restorations.co.uk/bike-for-sale.html

aboard_epsilon
09-29-2011, 08:55 AM
Cafe' racers are more my thing;

http://www.stevetonkin-restorations.co.uk/bikes/14%20Tonkin%20Tempest.jpg

http://www.stevetonkin-restorations.co.uk/bike-for-sale.html

see hes tipped the engine forward ..nice touch that ..it makes it look modern retro

all the best.markj

EVguru
09-30-2011, 05:02 AM
see hes tipped the engine forward ..nice touch that ..it makes it look modern retro

Or even retro retro since it's effectively a Seeley Condor replica.

They also put reproduction BSA Goldstar and Norton International engines into reproduction Seeley frames.

As I recall, prices are around the 20,000 mark

They also make Egli Vincents for those with deeper pockets.

MrSleepy
09-30-2011, 05:45 AM
I spotted this Harley in a clothing shop window in Tucson yesterday. Rather too tarted up, I'd say, but I'm sure you've seen more outlandish creations than this. I do like the colors, though.



Bit pointy.... And I bet it doesnt have a rear summer house for your teddy bear.

Rob

http://i897.photobucket.com/albums/ac180/MrSleepy123/b00vkw55_640_360.jpg

Deus Machina
09-30-2011, 05:50 AM
Okay, seriously, that picture. :p

Hey, I'm one of the under-30's that these flashy bikes are geared toward, and I'm still a bigger fan of the cafe racer look. Motor, tank, wheels, and not much flash or empty space between. Heck, I actually have a Suzuki 750 Katana (the GSX-R toned down for nicer riding) that has since lost is plastic and will be cleaned into a faux cafe racer once it's road worthy.

Function over form is its own type of beauty.

Dawai
09-30-2011, 06:20 AM
Mostly you see the same old crap we were doing in the 70s.. that green bike up there.. same old. Make them handle like a useless dangerous to ride machine.

They have rake and balance for a reason. To use.

Check out his creation.. over on Metalmeet, a Northern guy.. Sweden
He's doing something creative.. it should handle fairly well.. look rad.

http://www.metalmeet.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=349&pictureid=5359

http://www.metalmeet.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=349&pictureid=5360
http://www.metalmeet.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=349&pictureid=5351

PixMan
09-30-2011, 08:07 AM
Motorcycles as art is something that was recognized long ago by those of us who ride, and finally manifested as the show "The Art of The Motorcycle" that initiated at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC. The show traveled to other museums around the globe in various forms (not every bike in the Guggenheim show made the other installations), but all I ever got to see was the book and the two classic BMW's in the show that are owned by a friend's father. (He owns over 350 of the BMW bikes.)

As art, those bikes can be beautiful sculpture. As motorcycles, they are beautiful sculpture that I wouldn't ride around the block. And since most of them are driveway jewelry or trailer queens, it seems the owners don't ride them either.

EVguru
09-30-2011, 08:40 AM
Bit pointy.... And I bet it doesnt have a rear summer house for your teddy bear.

Rob

http://i897.photobucket.com/albums/ac180/MrSleepy123/b00vkw55_640_360.jpg

That is of course the artist Grayson Perry with Alan Measles riding pillion

http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/artists/grayson_perry.htm

How about his leathers inspired by the Cerne Abbas giant?

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01176/arts-graphics-2007_1176626a.jpg

MrSleepy
09-30-2011, 09:02 AM
That is of course the artist Grayson Perry with Alan Measles riding pillion

Grayson Perry...what a star..

When I first posted that picture a few days ago..Swmbo bet me that I wouldn't let on who it was...and leave some thinking it was me..

Now the cats out of the bag..I can go and claim my tenner.



http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2010/nov/02/grayson-on-his-bike-review

Rob

aboard_epsilon
10-02-2011, 07:35 AM
Or even retro retro since it's effectively a Seeley Condor replica.

They also put reproduction BSA Goldstar and Norton International engines into reproduction Seeley frames.

As I recall, prices are around the 20,000 mark

They also make Egli Vincents for those with deeper pockets.

I see that BSA are now a machine tool company

http://www.bsamachinetools.com/Stock%20Machines.htm

all the best.markj

John Stevenson
10-02-2011, 08:10 AM
BSA have always been a machine tool company, for years they made auto lathes that were excellent.

Much of the original bike factory was tooled up with their machines.

x39
10-02-2011, 09:41 AM
BSA have always been a machine tool company, for years they made auto lathes that were excellent.

Much of the original bike factory was tooled up with their machines.

Yep, we had a nice little BSA dividing head at a shop I worked in years ago. Even had the stacked rifles logo stamped into it. Neat piece.

PixMan
10-03-2011, 07:17 AM
BSA have always been a machine tool company, for years they made auto lathes that were excellent.

Much of the original bike factory was tooled up with their machines.

That's a completely different company, as far as I know. I believe the motorbike BSA company had its origins as Birmingham Small Arms. Or more correctly, BOTH the motorbikes and machine tools started as that company, and they've not been connected in decades.

John Stevenson
10-03-2011, 07:42 AM
They were still connected until Churchill bought them out in the 1960 and then sold on to Alfred Herbert who closes in 1983