This Custom Steampunk Motorcycle Goes Mainsteam
Producing the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show has allowed the team at Biker Pros to see a significant number of custom sleds and few have had a lasting impression like the custom Steampunk motorcycle from Copper Mike. His SteamPunk features many antique copper industrial gauges, an old fire extinguisher and even an old maritime compass inset on the copper gas tank: Old Skool Kool with Bling Appeal.
This Gravesend Cycles custom took 1st place in the ultra-competitive FreeStyle class at the New York round of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in 2012. The 1973 Shovelhead features a rebuilt engine with engraved heads and has 10:1 compression.
Copper Mike used numerous antique gauges and parts and rebuilt them into functional pieces. He built the hand clutch with an old Harley mouse trap, the floor boards are made from old fire extinguishers while the air cleaner is a brass box with a welded–in trumpet horn. Head light and taillight are sourced from a submarine, a retooled dash mounted compass serves as an analog GPS while the saddlebags were made from a leather Russian ammunition bag.
The 2013 Steampunk Seduction with David Uhl
Gravesend Cycles, is located in Lindenhurst, NY and you may have seen some of his designs at various charity events, high end boutiques (like Atrium in NYC or Miami), or featured in various hotels and casinos as a timeless piece of artwork.
Copper Mike’s Bike and the lovely Miss Jennie Villano were transported back into Victorian England through David Uhl’s “Steampunk Seduction.” A small edition of canvas giclee prints (total of 100) are offered, all of which comes signed and numbered by David with Certificates of Authenticity.
“What the past would have looked like if the future had started sooner.”
– Retro-futuristic Machine
The Anatomy of Steampunk
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Therefore, steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”, in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power.
Steampunk perhaps most recognizably features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era’s perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Such technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the modern authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld, and China Mieville.
Michael Cole Gravesend Cycles, Inc.
805 Albin Ave
Lindenhurst, NY 11757