It was a warm and sunny Saturday morning with only the sounds of stirring birds in the trees to break the sheer silence. Suddenly out of nowhere an engine sprang to life. Much like the sound of Thor‘s hammer pounding the pavement the silence was suddenly driven back as the birds took flight. A wicked smile crossed my face as I knew this was going to be a day to remember.
This is Kane Petersen’s custom motorcycle, the results of 6 years of careful planning and building from the ground up. A machinist by trade, Kane had a distinct vision in mind after he rode out to Sturgis in 2003, a world-famous mecca for motorcycle enthusiasts that sees a massive gathering of bikes and people every year. The core of the design was based around his vision of creating a custom ride that expressed smooth lines from the front to the back of the bike. The paint theme goes back to Kane’s Danish heritage and is based on the era of Vikings and travel. The tank finds a dragon’s head that was inspired by the bow of the Viking ships which had similar carvings intended to ward off the monsters of the sea as the Norsemen traveled in search of treasure and adventure.
The early morning sun danced off the chrome and deep, rich colors that were evident everywhere on the bike. As we worked photographing Kane’s custom motorcycle, countless people approached us and talked to him about the bike. It was great to see the labor of his love being appreciated by people from all walks of life.
The beach at the Esquimalt Lagoon was just our first stop on the whirlwind day.
Our next stop was Hatley Park Castle where we wanted to use the grand entrance as a backdrop to show off the lines, colors and chrome. For those who follow us regularly, you already know of my deep love for anything related to cars, motorcycles and trucks, and it was a real challenge to keep focused on the job at hand; capturing wide shots and vignettes of the incredible custom motorcycle before me. We were rewarded at Hatley Park with great light and a perfect setting for the session. If you look at any of the pictures we came away with in full screen you too will discover details that are really second to none.
Our next location on the itinerary was a real highlight for me on the day. We headed over to see friends of Kane’s, Les and Gary Plant of G&L Collision, who filled in all the welds and did an epic job on base and clear coat. They have a facility that would keep anyone who loves cars and bikes like I do busy for days on end. The backdrop of the slot machines, neon signs and other awesome memorabilia created the perfect setting for this incredible ride.
One of the things that really struck me during the course of the day as I explored every inch of the bike was the long, low-slung look it has. It really looks like it wants to roar off in search of adventure at no less than 100mph, a feeling that is expressed in sound as soon as the throttle is twisted. This bike is a true rolling work of art, a mechanical incarnation of beauty. And no better place to exhibit this than in front of a mock corner store that Les and Gary have created on site. Authentic pop machines and signs from an earlier era add to the feel of the setting, making the location just perfect.
As with any marauding group of Vikings, any mission of this scale requires many Berserkers. Here are some of the highlights of the folks who have had a hand in this project:
- Sam from Rolling Thunder Frames helped select and provided the RSD softail frame
- Rims come from Renegade Wheels
- The 63mm inverted front end and fender from Russ Wernimont
- S&S powerplant with Head Quarters heads, cam and ignition from Fast Company Motorcycles, assembled by Blaine McBurney
- Right side drive, 5 speed Baker transmission and 2 inch open belt primary supplied by Performance Machine
- Custom specified and manufactured gas tank by American IronHorse
- Custom welding done by Rick MacDougall
- Hand controls and bars supplied from CCCL
- Mike from Mike’s Tattoo’s in the Cowichan Valley did the custom art and airbrush work
- Les and Gary Plant from G&L Collision put down the incredible base and clear coats, bringing the entire design to life
We have two extensive galleries with tons of photographs of “Norse” published and available to see online:
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