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    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.

    Allan Ostling

    Phoenix, Arizona

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    And they called it The Iguana maybe?
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    "People will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time they will pick themselves up and carry on" : Winston Churchill

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    • #3
      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.

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      • #4
        Cafe' racers are more my thing;



        Paul Compton
        www.morini-mania.co.uk
        http://www.youtube.com/user/EVguru

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        • #5
          Originally posted by EVguru
          see hes tipped the engine forward ..nice touch that ..it makes it look modern retro

          all the best.markj

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          • #6
            Originally posted by aboard_epsilon
            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.
            Paul Compton
            www.morini-mania.co.uk
            http://www.youtube.com/user/EVguru

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            • #7
              Originally posted by aostling
              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

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              • #8
                Okay, seriously, that picture.

                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.

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                • #9
                  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.




                  Excuse me, I farted.

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                  • #10
                    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.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MrSleepy
                      Bit pointy.... And I bet it doesnt have a rear summer house for your teddy bear.

                      Rob

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



                      How about his leathers inspired by the Cerne Abbas giant?

                      Paul Compton
                      www.morini-mania.co.uk
                      http://www.youtube.com/user/EVguru

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by EVguru
                        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.



                        Grayson Perry's tour of Germany with his teddy bear shouldn't have been boring – but it was, writes Elisabeth Mahoney


                        Rob

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by EVguru
                          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



                          all the best.markj

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                          • #14
                            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.
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                            Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by John Stevenson
                              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.

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