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posted by maxwelton (19 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
Motorcycle Porn at it's best...

Fantastic!!!!
posted by HuronBob at 10:16 PM on October 31, 2012


Ugh, why did you have to post this so close to my bed time? Now I will never go to bed. There's pretty much everything under the sun on this blog even flat track bikes. Scroll down for some amazing black and white photos. God damn, there is nothing sexier than a man on a flat track bike.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 10:19 PM on October 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


was anyone else expecting to see willem dafoe standing next to one of these bikes wielding a sledgehammer?
posted by OHenryPacey at 10:28 PM on October 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


was anyone else expecting to see willem dafoe standing next to one of these bikes wielding a sledgehammer?

damn... how about a link to that...
posted by HuronBob at 10:37 PM on October 31, 2012


I hear that a lot. Easy for you to say.
posted by twoleftfeet at 12:18 AM on November 1, 2012


Also, I'm pretty sure that baloney bob bone shaker has been discussed before, though I can not find the link.

So this might be a duplicate post.
posted by twoleftfeet at 12:28 AM on November 1, 2012


I thought this would be about Tom Waits.
posted by cmyk at 3:56 AM on November 1, 2012 [5 favorites]


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posted by not_on_display at 4:55 AM on November 1, 2012 [3 favorites]


I love this, it'll take me hours to go through all of it. Question, many of these bikes don't have a cable coming from the throttle side handlebar grip. Is it hidden inside the bar tube, or do they have some other means of actuating the throttle?
posted by wigner3j at 5:11 AM on November 1, 2012


How about a link to that?

Link
posted by Egg Shen at 5:40 AM on November 1, 2012


Wow- cool!!! Thanks, maxwelton!
posted by Phyllis Harmonic at 6:39 AM on November 1, 2012


Neato magneto!
posted by scratch at 6:50 AM on November 1, 2012


i thought this was another losethos post when i first saw it...
posted by MysticMCJ at 8:18 AM on November 1, 2012


Okay. Now I have to go clean my motorcycle. Thanks a lot.
posted by 256 at 9:50 AM on November 1, 2012


unf
posted by 256 at 9:53 AM on November 1, 2012


Is it hidden inside the bar tube, or do they have some other means of actuating the throttle?

Here's how one custom shop does it.
posted by maxwelton at 11:17 AM on November 1, 2012


It makes me a little glum that most of these custom bikes are the product of having endless amounts of loving attention lavished on rotten old bikes from the English-speaking world, but I suppose you have a lot of time for custom work when your bike is constantly broken down (and I'm not just a motobigot—I've got a '72 Daytona, so I'm coming from a place of experience). Still, nothing ruins a good custom job for me more effectively than seeing the clichéd turd of a V-twin dangling leadenly there amid all that craftsmanship, ready to potato-potato-potato in a blustering blowhard homage to the less-than-finest engineering of the thirties.

Mind you, de gustibus non est disputandum, so to each their own, but man, having one of those damn things next to you at a light is like overhearing dental work on a dinosaur.

Beyond the motorcycles at that site, I love that you can pick out a Deutsch-Bonnet instantaneously from a millisecond-long glance at its wheels. If there were ever sexier brake drums made, I have yet to see them. When I'm a wildly successful author, I will refuse to drive in anything but a Panhard 24BT. Beyond being one of the most beautiful cars yet conceived, it sounds like boxer heaven and has those perfect externalized finned drums. Sigh.

Clearly, I lean esoteric.
posted by sonascope at 11:17 AM on November 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


Someone please explain, maybe from an engineer's or a mechanic's perspective, how much freedom bikes like these express, or offer. Like, engine design-wise, i.e. functional or usability design-wise.

I can only surmise such freedom. But I like freedom. And am interested in it.
posted by rudster at 3:14 PM on November 1, 2012


Would anyone be willing to explain this post and its organization to someone who is not already a motorcycle enthusiast?
posted by squarehead at 6:41 PM on November 1, 2012


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