Art is all about interpretation. And when it comes to personal expression, there is no art like that of the car and motorcycle enthusiast. Given my rather feisty reputation behind the bars of a bike like this I likely will never pilot one personally, but they still make me stop in my tracks instantly when I come across one that is obviously special. In today’s post we’re going to take a look at a stunning custom chopper we found on display at our local “Warmlands Show n Shine 2014” this summer. This bike grabbed my heart and imagination in one glance.
To me, a motorcycle is the modern-day equivalent of a trusty steed. It’s a companion, it’s a form of transportation, and it tells a lot about the rider in one fleeting look.
It seems to me that as we tour the local car shows, the appetite for customs appears to be growing. I really do think these are contemporary forms of rolling art, no detail is ever overlooked and no two machines are even close to the same. On this particular beautiful chopper, it might very well be the vibrant orange colors that draw your eye at first, but if you take some time to observe the finer details, you really begin to see a canvas take form. Note the chrome on the trim, the wheels, that wicked front fork with a wicked rake… the sunlight literally dances off the surfaces on a bright summers day. The lines are flowing, like the air the bike cuts through as it makes its way across our byways and highways. I think it’s absolutely beautiful.
From the front, the combination of the dramatic reach of the forks in conjunction with the very narrow stance creates a razor-sharp line that resembles a stiletto. The frame cuts through the air silently, even though the open pipes are not afraid to let everyone know in the immediate vicinity as to who’s here, and who’s in charge.
While although custom choppers like this one may or may not be to your personal taste, it’s really hard to argue their inherent beauty. They have a wonderful consolidation of soft in their lines alongside the hard in their vociferous heartbeat, an almost pure definition of the term “beauty within the beast”. It’s an allure that is much bigger than me, and one I will always heed whenever the winds of fate put me in front of a subject like this.
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