the super-sleek monster motorcycles of ian barry

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in an expert marriage of heritage and innovation, american industrial designer, artist, and motorcycle engineer ian barry fascinates motorsport enthusiasts with his super-sleek, monster mechanics fused with exquisite artistry and workmanship. he is best known for the synthesis of sensual, rounded lines with chunky, robust metallic hardware. historically and culturally influenced, barry collects rare motorcycle engines of famed british beauties. using the engine as both a creative influence and a structural framework, he has developed a practice of designing, engineering, and manufacturing each entire vehicle from scratch. together with partner amaryllis knight, he co-founded los angeles’s falcon motorcycles and has since been working on the falcon series, a collection of 10 completely unique designs which have been refurbished from pieces of vintage finds. four of ten falcons have been completed, and each high-end mammoth creation is as enticing and extravagant as its predecessor.  the first completed falcon in the series, ‘the bullet’, is a glistening display of artistry and craftsmanship. the shiny black and brown vehicle was built around a single part, the engine of a 1950 triumph thunderbird. barry spent over 1,000 hours laboriously constructing the framework for the motorcycle around the refurbished vintage engine, manufacturing many of the new mechanical parts and details himself. a historical reference embodies the influence for the final design — ‘the bullet’ is fabricated with the elements and aesthetics of board track racing bikes, popular american motorsport vehicles in the 1920s that drove on a track made from wooden planks.


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