The Indian Chief Roadmaster was designed as a handsome, comfortable rival to Harley-Davidson’s heavyweight touring bikes as Americans took to the road in the years following World War II. Indian’s top model, the Chief Roadmaster (1948) exuded power and style. Note the Indian Head on the front fender as well as the custom-fringed leatherwork. Now, imagine how it would look flying in the wind as the bike speeds toward the horizon!
Built from a 1966 Yamaha Catalina (YDS-3) 250, the Batcycle features a side car with a portable go-cart resting on it for Batman’s sidekick, Robin. The entire Batcycle and side car are handsomely customized in black and white colors with a Batshield molded into the fairing (the shell placed over the frame) and fender guard. Not only is the Batcycle a hugely modified Yamaha Catalina 250, but Robin’s cart, which is an integral part of the Batcycle rig, is powered by a 55cc, electric start, Yamaha three speed engine. The bike was designed by Tom Daniel and built in 5 days in April 1966 by Richard “Korky” Korkes and Daniel Dempski, doing business as Kustomotive. Yamaha gave them three black motorcycles, so they could build one “hero” bike and two copies. The basic design of the fairing came from a Yamaha.
Photographed at the Amazing Automobiles Exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
LEGO sculptures sure are a hot item lately. LEGO fetishist website Brothers Brick Dot Com just posted pictures of a super detailed figure of Miss Piggy riding a motorcycle that goes a long way towards showing you the limitless creative possibilities when you have box of LEGOs and an imagination. Brothers Brick also has additional links to a commentary page on the Miss Piggy figure as well as a well-documented construction journal with detailed photos showing the building process. According to the site, Piggy’s motorcycle “is the most pink I’ve seen in a fan-built creation.” Nice!
Thanks to Ian For the Tip!
This looks like one delicious ride!