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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
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)
Ducati Diesel? It’s not what you think it is. We promise. For one, Ducati’s have spark plugs. Secondly, “Diesel” refers to the Italian fashion brand that’s been sponsoring the Ducati Team in MotoGP, not the fuel. Confusing, we know. The matte army-green beast boasts the technical specs of the standard Monster 1100EVO, everything but the tank finished in “total black” with the acceptation of the bright yellow front break calipers. This bad boy launched last week at Diesel’s Soho store and goes for a cool $13,795. Can’t afford the bike? No worries, you can still settle for the accompanying apparel collection. We won’t tell anyone that you don’t have the bike to match. We promise.
Rolling out custom bikes that go by monikers like, ‘Spud’, ‘Pea Shooter’, ‘Ruby’, and ‘Roarer’, Mac Motorcycles definitely does things a bit differently. The trio that makes up Xenophya Designs fabricate with the idea of taking something standard and improving upon it. Founder Ellis Pitt explains. “I wanted to take something from the simplicity and non-
There’s something inherently cool about vintage motorcycles. Who could forget Steve McQueen hurtling over barbed wire on his 650 Triumph in The Great Escape? Not us. In the same vein of old bobbers and café racers a new hybrid is born. Borrowing its fixed rear fender from the bobber and sporting a street fighter influence in the front of the bike, the SORA is a unique part custom, part sport bike combo. Have we mentioned that it’s electric? (Nope, that’s not a typo). Not only is the SORA eco-friendly, but its state of the art engineering offers unparalleled handling, power and speed, all with a quiet confidence. Literally – because the bike is electric, it’s a quiet, clean and efficient ride. It has the capacity to run for nearly 200 miles on a singe charge with the high-density battery. Plus, the regenerative breaking system recharges the battery with energy lost to breaking. You’ll need all the breaking power you can get with a powerful electric motor that can take you from 0-125 mph with zero clutch and remarkable torque. After you’re done charging on the road, you can recharge at home. Plus, there’s an additional bonus for riders – an email notification is sent when the SORA charge is complete. That’s how they roll.
Confederate, A boutique motorcycle shop who keeps spinning out custom, high tech, quality bikes has released another. The P120 Fighter is geometric in form with a raw industrial look. The design team at Confederate constructed the Fighter under the philosophy that it would be rough, honest, and tough to it’s core! They injected this philosophy into the P120 by giving the 460 pound, 160 horsepower bike, a 120 C.I.D.radial twin engine, a custom designed 5 speed transmission, an aircraft grade aluminum swing arm, and custom designed carbon fiber wheels. The Fighter totals at 460 lbs. and currently, there are only 50 motorcycles of it’s kind made, retailing at $80,000.
(Photography Provided By Confederate)
The Ostoure is it’s name. A new super naked bike designed by talented transportation designer, Mohammad Reza Shojaie. Ostoure, which means ledgend in Persian, has a power transmission system that consists of two differentials; the steering in front wheel is performing by these joints. The rear suspension system is a regular single spring and in front wheel is the same but in opposite direction. Due to this type of suspension in front wheel the radiator dimension has been minimized and two extra small ones invented in bike’s sides under its body support the central radiator.
The indicators are optional, one is on the bike’s head; and the other is HUD indicator in helmet that has been equipped with speakers and AC system, and connect to the bike by Bluetooth; the commands generate from a module devised on right side of steering handle. Bike steering is like what the pilot experience in the plane. For bike lovers, dreams do come true after all!