Posts Tagged ‘cool bikes’
September 27th, 2013 – There are moments in everyone’s life where you find something inspiring. You might find yourself saying, ‘Wow, how cool would it be to do that’. The inevitable afterthoughts are usually something like, ‘But there’s no way I have the time’. Well, 24-year-old Architectural Draftsperson Andy Copeland has brought that forethought to fruition. Introducing his first ever bike build, a Honda CT110 entitled, “Express Post”.
Copeland is normally interested in cars. He bought this bike originally just to obtain his motorcycle license. As you can see, one thing definitely led to another. “Motorcycles appeal more to me because of the ability to easily express mechanical details. When those mechanical details are expressed, there is a big push to make them look aesthetic and this is what I love.” The aesthetics of this particular bike are very easy to appreciate, indeed.
Copeland continues, “In terms of the actual build, I didn’t have any preconceived perceptions as to seating position or steering geometry so I was lucky to have very few design constraints to work around.” Given that the bike doesn’t actually have a seat, it’s safe to say that lack of designs limitations were a huge plus in this case. It seems to have allowed Copeland to let his imagination flow freely. It doesn’t hurt that he has a background in Architecture, as well.
The Honda CT110 is popular in Australia as the bike Postmen ride while making deliveries. Because this bike was made for a Biker Build-off competition (and only required to travel roughly 2km to be eligible), it doesn’t seem as if it’ll be making the postal rounds just yet.
The “Express Post” was modeled after Japanese custom bike builder Shinya Kimura, known for his minimalistic and vintage inspired bikes that combine both form and function.
From forethought, to sketching, to an initial model made up cereal boxes and rope, Andy Copeland has developed something special with his first ever bike build. With future projects on his mind, be sure to keep your ear to the ground for what he’s got next.
Photography by Chris Pearce and Alvin Wong
Writing By Jordan Bailey
September 13, 2013 – Swedish bicycle brand BIKEID’s new Svart bike, designed exclusively for the Museum of Modern Art’s Design Store in New York City, made its public debut this week. Robert Nightingale, U.S Creative Director for BIKEID, spoke to KNSTRCT about how the union between MOMA and BIKEID came to fruition; “I was actually in a meeting with the MoMA Design Store creative team, discussing some of my other design projects and at the end of the meeting I discreetly shared some of the work-in-progress designs for our then upcoming 2013 line of BIKEID bicycles… They immediately jumped at the idea and said, ‘We need to see a sample.’”
Following your basic design elements for fixed gear bicycles, the Svart has eliminated cables and levers and replaced them with a discreet, built-in rear foot brake. They’ve added this piece of clever ingenuity, an automatic two-speed gear system built directly into the rear hub, which will automatically shift up and down at 11mph. A feature that is sure to give you an edge on other riders.
The lightweight 25lb Chromoly steel frame comes in a solid matte black finish, which provides a subtle, yet stunning contrast to the glossy black components. It seems around every corner there’s something new to discover with this bike. Take the drop-down handlebars for example, which are covered in a special microfiber providing resistance from inclement weather.
Being able to roll through a city while completely open to the sights, smells, and sounds, gives you a feeling of freedom little else can provide. Oh, and you can look as stylish as this. BIKEID’s aim is simple, and that is, to keep it simple. Take the name for instance; “We… named it the Svart (Black in Swedish)”, Nightingale says, “not the most radical name, I know, but it’s a pretty accurate one. We’ve also kept all of the branding really subtle, which is important for us at BIKEID. Part of our brand story is about identity and we’re never going to have large race graphics down the side of our bikes. Our bikes are designed to become part of the identity of the rider, like a well cut suit.”
Most urbanites are destined to live in small apartments; BIKEID designs with this in mind. They set out to create something you’d be proud to post up in your hallway, in the corner of your kitchen, or even to mount on your wall like a piece of art. It just so happens, this piece of art you can also ride. Writing by Jordan Bailey.
Photography Courtesy of Ruvan Wijesooriya
The detailing on the Thunderbike ”PainTTless” is impeccable! Each component was developed from scratch during the 8 month construction period by the motorcycle heavy weights at Harley Davidson. The custom bike has just been named the AMD World Championship Of Custom Bike Building in Sturgis 2012. “We gave everything and were rewarded with the coveted world title in the Freestyle class. With one of our most unique custom bike,” the moto-makers explained.
Deep thought, planning, and preparation was put into creating the “PainTTless,” which is driven by a very expensive rebuilt 1000 cc Harley-Davidson Ironhead engine installed in early Sportster models. The builders “were inspired by the racers of the 1930s, which often came on dry salt lakes in the U.S. are used.”
Andreas Berger Forth of Harley Davidson says “we decided to build a bike for the AMD World Championship Of Custom Bike Building in Sturgis.” The bike is made with “no paint, no varnish, no powder, no filler, no tin! Only those who have ever heard made to chrome knows what this means. The preliminary work has to be absolutely perfect!”
The motorcycle is anything but ordinary. Thousands of unique parts were designed for the making, no part came from the shelf or the catalog. So many new parts were birthed from this project that an entire website page was created to explain and sell the parts. The process was so intricate, we decided to let Fourth explain in his own words.
“Next we have derived from the first sketches a sheet metal silhouette, to put some wheels and set so the rough proportions of the future racers.”
“Then we went to the frame, the shoe plate for the engine and transmission. Combined with the pipe coating, he brings the necessary character in the racing bike. After we started so it can be useful to swing to a combination of flat steel and pipe. The first holes to be drilled!”
“Since we wanted a free standing hump we had to find a different kind of swing deflection, laterally arranged under the bump shocks fit perfectly there. Humps and tank were first contacted with plywood and cardboard in the form. For this, the metal silhouette and the first sketches were used as a guide.”
“The fork of a different kind, a combination of jumpers and fork with two dampers is a real gem and works very well. Shortened springs Streetbob a fork combined with two bike dampers. Unusual? Yes! Clean response? Yes! Fittingly Negativweg? Yes! Direct hit!”
“Now that the chassis and engine are grossly’s off to the functions: braking, clutching, shifting, choke, advance mechanism, gas, pegs, levers, deflections, poles, trains, and much more – just all the controls.”
“Speaking of ignition: The way there was very rocky. The Lima away the detonator out. Sounds easy? Yes, but – the translation does not fit naturally. The ignition must 1:1 rotate the crankshaft, which means – matching pinion must be made and the bearing seats are rearranged. On that occasion it has to take a mill a new cam cover for the old man no longer fits well. Oh, one turning mounted securing the magneto still needs so that you can also adjust it afterwards. Child’s play?”
“The hump gets his bodywork. Next, it’s going to tank. A component of the difficult way – mainly because after all supposed to be “paintless”. To achieve this, the surface must be perfectly clean, without the smallest dent. This block is used as a form of 3D-machined plastic tank. Cautious hours hammering and welding pass. The result is really impressive!”
“The hardest part of this project, however, is the cover. The same game with the tank only viiieeeel consuming. Mill until a plastic model, then artfully formerly the plano piece of sheet metal, wrinkle free knocking around. With an air hammer, the sheet is stretched to the extreme curves and brought so millimeters in shape. To reach the complex form, it must be cut in the sheet metal, welded back clean and so on. Finally, set a carbon fiber hood to the precise cutout for the fork.”
“If even a Bosch magneto, then Amal carburettor namely TWO – this must be possible? Possible yes, but not easy. Take a second rear cylinder head rotates it 180 degrees and installed it again. It sounds simple. But the side effects are not without. New oil wells must be placed into the cylinder, slide guides milling new, reworked rocker. On that occasion, can also equal the lower fins and turned the rocker boxes are shared – brings true Old School look.
For the primary side there is then a new cover, with an adjustable chain tensioner, a new gear for the crankshaft with Sporty shank and WLA duplex chain pitch. Oh, fancy new pushrod tubes and outer brass pipes for Kipphebelschmierung and ribbed intake is of course available too.”
(Photography Credit: Dirk Behlau)