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Old 11-14-2012, 09:32 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Get real. It looks like something Dick Tracy would ride.
The point was and still is, you have continually rated different cafe bikes, choppers and stock bikes as to how well they were built and the end result compared to intent. Looks aside, the hours spent building this and still driving it are a work of art. Built in 1936, not in OCC shop yesterday, not some retro nostalgic bike builder's dream of what a retro should look like. Built in 1936 by some one who saw it as a work of art then. Yea Dick Tracy probably had both cars and bikes that looked like that then. It was built then with out the use of exhaust wrap, fat tires because they are the rage, plastic this and plastic that, but by an artisan, bending and shaping metal. I wouldn't want it but love to see something authentic once in a while. Beauty they say is in the eye of the beholder.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:51 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I think it's awesome but I'm not clear why.
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Obviously this bike was never intended to be a daily ride.

I think it is amazing and am delighted to hear that it may date from the 30's and is not a modern recreation. That puts it in a historical context and it makes it an example of cutting edge industrial art of the period. Look at stuff from the old NY World's Fair (maybe the same year) and see how they imagined the directions technology would take in the future. The future is in Bakelite!

It also reminds me of a particularly ugly Victory Vision and a little bit of Arlen Ness's work.
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It's an exercise in metalwork and a study in the Art Deco/Streamline style. Sure, its form doesn't follow function but it evokes designs like this:


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Barring the overdone seat I think it's a real beauty.
But then again, I'm the guy who would someday like to have an old BMW airhead (or a modern Bonnie) done up something like this:

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Its like a Neracar with a body shell.

Yeah, I can see what you mean Nick. It was actually built on a 1930 KJ Henderson, similar to this one:





The customizing was originally done in 1936 as HAP said and was recently restored.
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I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing, but I'm going to have to agree with HAP on this one.

I seem to recall that thing surfacing 2 or 3 years ago. It's pretty crazy, but as a piece of 1930's sculpture I have to admire it. Seems like there's a good story about the original builder as well, but I don't remember it without doing some research.
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That would be a really cool design for a sidecar. Don't care for it as a motorcycle.
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