7 Thoroughly Awesome Motosculptures
The Giger Bike
This is what the work of H.R. Giger would look like – if he only had spare parts to work with.
Roongrojna Sangwongprisarn, 54, mad this amazing – and rideable – creation from the spare parts he collects in his workshop in Thailand. Sangwongprisarn owns four shops across Thailand, collectively named The Ko Art Shop – and the artist and builder exports his works to clients around the world.
Sangwongprisarn uses parts from cars, motorcycles and bicycles to create this horrifying and practical work of motorcycle art.
Built in 2007 by the team at Orange County Choppers, this Barbecue Chopper features a working barbecue grill.
Though they specialize in their high-concept choppers for corporate clients and sponsors, this working cooker was built for RUB and designed by pit master David Klose.
Should you ride this one, expect to be very, very popular at Bike Night, particularly if you happened to load it with back ribs and fire it up before you arrive…
The Gator Bike
Jim Jablon injured no alligators to get the skin to create his Gator Bike.
Florida authorities, however, did kill the gator in question. But have no fear, the motorcycle is now used to raise funds for the Wildlife Rehabilitation of Hernando (WROH) foundation.
Swedish leather expert Benny Ohrman spent a complete year making the skin useable for the bike. The Gator Bike features an Ultima engine cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $85,000 to create.
Russians love their rock and roll and they love their motorcycles, so leave it to them to join the two.
Yep, it’s a bike with a drum kit sidecar. Bang a gong, get it on…
Computer Parts Bike
Alex Andromeda made this astounding sculpture from recycled parts. This particular model? Made from mostly computer and VCR parts.
I wonder if he’d consider making a rideable version if we sent him all the crappy old electronic garbage we have piled up out back of the shop?
The Organic Bike
Designer Michael Smolyanov made this bike entirely made from organic material, or so he says.
Making all those “organic” parts work together, however, requires that the parts be fastened and treated with fluorine to create the bike’s the carbon skeleton.
The Wooden Vespa of Dreams
You’re seeing it right here. It’s a wooden Vespa, “Vespa Daniela” to be precise, hand-crafted by master Portuguese carpenter Carlos Alberto.
This amazing machine took Alberto ten months to make and was carved out of ten different types of wood.
Capable of reaching 46 mph on an original 1957 Vespa engine, you can really ride it.
Back in 2001, Alberto took on the challenge after a conversation with a fellow Vespa enthusiast, but it took Alberto another six years to start work on his awesome wooden work of art. Vespa Daniela, named for Alberto’s daughter, is overed in a special fire-proof varnish and built Brazilian and Mozambiquan wood stock.
And the most amazing part, Alberto’s Vespa cost just him just $4,000 to make. That, of course, does not include the many, many hours he spent on his labor of love.
“The idea came to me in 2001 when I was lying in bed with a terrible case of flu,” Alberto said. “I told couple of my friends who are crazy about Vespa’s that I had seen an article about an Italian man who builds motorcycles out of wood and I told them I was going to emulate that.”
Still more amazing, the bike weighs in at a startling 235 pounds, something like 40 pounds more than the original 1950’s model on which it’s based.
“Unfortunately my Vespa is not legally road-worthy as it is not considered to be a genuine motorcycle,” says Carlos. “However, if Vespa were to examine my cycle and see that it is possible to ride it safely then I would hope that they would give it its proper status.”
We do. And we’d be more than happy to pay the price of a ticket if we were caught riding it illegally.