Game Over Cycles in cooperation with German company Cheyenne Professional Tattoo Equipment and Dutch Zodiac Performance Products for Harley-Davidson present unique project combining automotive world with the world of tattoos. Recently we have finished construction works of a bike inspired by motorcycle community traditions and the world of tattoos. Motorbikes are commonly adorned with tattoo motifs using an airbrush. However the uniqueness of Cheyenne Bike The Recidivist lies in the fact that the bike’s entire construction is covered in light colored cow hide leather – similar to the color of human skin and on that material two tattoo artists from the Polish tattoo studios, Individuum and Steel Will Tattoo-Factory, using the tools of world-famous brand Cheyenne Professional Tattoo Equipment applied traditional works of tattoo art directly onto the bike. Additionally, the bike will be equipped with professional motorcycle parts supplied by Dutch company Zodiac Performance Products for Harley-Davidson.
The worlds of motorbikes and tattoos have long been kindred spirits. The theme of the Cheyenne Bike relates to this traditional relationship. In the USA, bikers used to tattoo for personal reasons – to express their character and lifestyle – as well as their social attitude. In post-war era America, many motorcyclists often led a life on the edge of law, but in those difficult times they were also very active in helping people from their local communities. The Cheyenne Bike The Recidivist as an artistic vision references those traditions and through its construction and decorations presents a story of a man with strong character – a person, who values individuality, personal expression and sense of freedom.
The bike’s respect for tradition doesn’t stop with artistic imagery. Respect lies at the core of its mechanics. Bikers often tattooed using self-made machines and in reference to this, the bike’s front suspension has the look of a traditional coil tattoo machine. The motorcycle’s construction will also include other elements that draw from the look of tattoo machines. All of these parts still being fully operational elements of bike’s construction, and the mechanisms of these elements will operate in the same way as they do in the original tattoo machines.
Tattoos covering the motorcycle are uncompromising works of tattoo art, which in their content refer to the motifs adorning the bodies of people from communities the motorcycle was inspired by. Tattooed leather covers bike’s tires, tanks, seat, rear fender, lamp and many other smaller elements.
Cheyenne Bike The Recidivist is based on the Harley-Davidson Softail model, but from the original machine only the engine – a Twin Cam 96 – and part of frame are left. All other construction elements and mechanisms are original solutions created by constructors of Game Over Cycles. The Recidivist is be a genuine individual, a customized renegade! Elements made by the GOC include:
– frame made of C-bars (modified from HD Softail the frame)
– rear swingarm made of C-bars
– front suspension with shock absorbers
– steering wheel with shift paddles and handles
– brake pump
– foot control
– rear wing
– fuel tank
– seat with mounting
– engine covers along with engine barrels
– air filter
– front and rear lamp
Further more, the machine’s design is based on a number of technical solutions drawing from the turbulent lifestyles of post-war bikers. The lever starting the bike has a shape of a bomb detonator lever. The rear light indicators look like brass knuckle-dusters. Front wheel caliper brakes have the appearance of handcuffs, while front clutch and brake handles are formed in the shape of “butterfly” knives. Additionally, in reference to bikers’ at times fractured relationship with the law, the break pump lever is shaped in the form of a section sign. The bike represents the old school style of bike building: front clutch and brake handles are made in the reverse form and construction includes the infamous “suicide shifter” – a mechanism in which the rider needs to remove one hand to change gears.
- 5 November 2014