“Art” is a word thrown around in the presence of many a creative human endeavour. Which is all good and well if your area of interest is music, painting and the like. And that’s because those particular means of expression require you to start with nothing before you have something. But when it comes to custom motorcycles, this is all flipped on its head. Why, you ask? It’s because 99% of all custom bike builds start with a factory-finished product that is subtracted from and tweaked until what’s left is deemed “finished.” But not this bike. This bike has been hewn from raw materials the way an alchemist might create precious metals from base elements. This is the latest bike from Los Angeles’ Hazan Motorworks. This is art.
Isolation does strange things to people. Think about Jack Nicholson in The Shining or the UNAbomber. Leave a man all alone with nothing else but his thoughts and the wilderness and you’re bound to end up with your own little Apocalypse Now of one kind or another. But what if you could channel all that craziness and obsession into something constructive? Like, say… a motorbike. What do you think a man could achieve then? Whatever it would be, you can bet it’d be original, fast, and just a little bit crazy. My fellow Pipeburnians, meet Finnlandian Janne Leiman and his Jawa 500 from Mänttä, which roughly translates to “Twin Peaks” in English. No, really.
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