I think we all take ourselves a little too serious sometimes. I mean, we play with toys for a living! Granted, not all toys are alike. Take this one in particular. She's the ugly duckling you can't stop looking at. The fat chick that got skinny. The extra emoticon in your text message. She is the reason we say, "Why not?" She might not look like a supermodel, but she'll sure as hell wheelie all the way through third gear.
A friend of mine bought this 1999 water-cooled KTM Duke 640, a bike by all standards that is a design travesty. Her half-life was short and dated. So, much like a doctor would do, I removed the diseased aesthetics and added my own flare. Yes, I just used the word flare to describe my motorcycle. Anyways, I stripped her down, added a Suzuki DR350 tank, a custom aluminum subframe, a custom headlight, taillight, and seat, some oversized Renthal bars, white KTM wheels, a KTM525 SMR exhaust, and a crazy, razzle-dazzle paint job. 'Razzle-dazzle' was a WWII-era paint scheme that sadly did not work too well hence it's short life span. It was designed by the Royal Navy to camouflage their war ships from periscope view, but sadly it was a flop. Which either means there's a beautifully painted war ship at the bottom of the ocean or some pissed off, old graphic designer who was fired so long ago.
So next time you step out to take a ride on your freshly powder-coated and streamlined CB750 accented by your Belstaff jacket and Biltwell helmet, remember to not take yourself too seriously. It defeats the purpose of having your own voice.
Hugs and kisses,
'Motorcycle Dumb Dumb Head'
About Tim Harney
Tim is a glorified Lego builder and fabricator of all things shiny. Based out of the epicenter of cool, Bushwick Brooklyn, he makes a living pedaling flesh and desecrating Japanese, Italian and German engineering history. Tim has been featured on Cafe Racer TV, in the pages of Iron & Air, and is an excellent kisser. Follow Tim on Facebook and Instagram, or visit him at harneyboybikes.com.
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