This bike was nicknamed “The American” by its creator, Michael Woolaway (aka Woolie), the head motorcycle man at Deus Ex Machina in California. The fundamental ethos behind The American was that is should be as American as possible with as few internationally sourced parts as could be managed.
When it comes to Harley customs, you’d be hard pressed to find more unique examples than those produced by DP Customs. Our regular readers will remember that we featured the work of DP just a couple of weeks ago with their beautiful Harley Cafe Racer…
This motorcycle was sent in through our Facebook Page by regular reader Carlos Vitelli, I’m going to make the fair assumption that it was taken in the late-70s by a man who was living the dream.
This is one of the newer customs from DP, it’s based on a Harley-Davidson 1200 Sportster but looks like a totally new animal. The front forks have been lowered then topped with RSD clip-on handlebars…
The Harley-Davidson Sportster is one of the more cafe-racer-conversion friendly motorcycles out there, they always have an eye-catching look to them and performance isn’t too shabby if the builder can get the weight down to sub-Sherman Tank levels.
This stunning Harley-Davidson XR750TT is one of only 10 made in 1972, Harley used the bikes to race and win on both sides of the Atlantic, in fact, Clay Rayborn used an XR750TT to win 3 out of 6 races in 1972′s Trans-Atlantic Match Races.
When the Portland based team at Icon set to work on a new motorcycle the results are always fascinating, unusual and sure to upset purists everywhere. Which I think is commendable.
The look of pure nonchalance on the faces of Leo Payne and his frame-holding friend in this photograph still makes me smile.
Fred Krugger is a talented man. We’ve featured his work before with the incredible Krugger Goodwood (seriously, click that link if you haven’t seen it, it’s excellent), Fred’s designs are so iconic you can usually tell a Krugger motorcycle at 30 paces, long before you can read the name on the fuel tank.
I can’t get past the fantastic look on the face of this drag racer, it’s somewhere equidistant between horror and happiness.
Sonny Barger is, not even arguably, the most famous outlaw biker of all time. He was the main character in Hunter S. Thompson’s book “Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs”, he also wrote a series of books, he’s been in a number of feature films and more recently appeared in the television series “Sons of Anarchy” (which is based on Hamlet, interestingly).
It’s great to see an image that’s sepia because it’s actually really old, rather than the result of some 14 year old girl’s fascination with Instagram.