Winter Updates/Thoughts

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A few things on my mind . . .

  • Massive Thank You follow-up #1:   Thank you again to everyone at Finished Art. Just the fact that you all were interested in the bikes was more than enough for me.


  • Wood Monocoque/Bike Bodies :     “How can it be strong enough?” . . . .”It must be heavy”. . . . “Have you patented the construction?” Questions and comments I enjoy hearing (hopefully not because the folks asking are watching too much Shark Tank but because they’re thinking about how things work!).  My typical response includes a trip back in time to the monoxylon (“one” + “tree” in Greek) and beyond to the first known dugout canoes dating to 8000 years ago.  Strong, durable and about as patentable as fire . . .  The bikes just reflect advances in available technology and maybe a bit more emphasis on style.
Pesse Canoe, dated to mesolithic times. Discovered in present day Holland. Very fitting in many ways!
Pesse Canoe dated to mesolithic times. Discovered in present day Holland . . . A very fitting place to be found
Present day fishing canoes.
Fishing canoes
If you ever see me limping
If you ever see me limping . . .  Seriously . . .  no, not me but I wish I was as capable
Two, mostly hollow, halves shown temporarily clamped together.  When epoxied together the halves combine to create a structure substantially stronger than one half alone.
  •   Bike Performance . . . how fast, how long, how far . . . ?  Answering these types of questions with precision requires nailing down more variables than (most of) you would care to read about here.   At some point I’ll publish hard data with all the stuff engineers love but in the interim . . .  Prototype 1 is almost 1 year old, has 2865 miles on it and I’m smallish at 155lb.s/70kg.s, ride it in a moderately hilly area and typically see top speeds hovering around 35 mph with range between 15 and 22 miles.  Acceleration and hill climbing is better than a typical 50 cc scooter/moped  . . . and handling is much more spirited.   On a related note, the prototypes weigh between 115 and 120 lb.s and have fully adjustable suspensions.


A few weeks after posting “Cool Fall Morning” I decided to listen to a few friends and follow their suggestion to create some folk art furniture/pieces to take a local Atlanta market in early Dec..   To be very honest, the switch to less exacting work coupled with the prospect of thinking up some new ideas and bringing them to life sounded like fun.   And fun it’s been although it’s gone from a two week diversion to several weeks and running.  Many reasons I suppose . . . opportunities to meet up with old friends and to make new friends, coming across some really interesting wood (like the greenest poplar I’ve ever seen and steam-bent oak wagon wheel stock) and more.   Below are some pic.s of one of the pieces.

Getting back to Bike #3, the new schedule/plan is to send it on it’s way  (renamed as Production Bike #1) in Mid-March . . . which is kinda fitting as that will be approx.  one year from the date that P-1 first hit the road.

Have a Fun New Year.



Updates on P-1 and Bike #3

P-1 Early November 2015
P-1 Early November 2015

P-1 is back on the (wet) road after a swing arm design change-out from a test (max. adjustability) version to a “production”(max. rigidity) version. P-2’s change-out will be completed this week. Both bikes have continued to perform as expected and will likely stay “as-are” for quite some time as the focus is shifted to the next bike.

Bike #3 is all about refining and transitioning to limited production. The list of changes include minor restyling (see pic. of the monocoque below), lower o/a weight, increased battery capacity, improved motor control system and stiffer front fork . . . all should result in improved looks and performance. I expect the bike to be on the road by middle December. It may very well be the first bike offered for sale.Bike 3 Monocoque D front

2015 Barber Vintage Festival . . . The Best

Fantastic weekend . . . I’ve been to quite a few motorsports facilities/events and can’t imagine anything better . . . passion and professionalism appear to be the only priorities for the Barber folks.

Met and talked with wonderful people.  Truly enjoyed the conversations . . . so thank you all so much.  Add’l thanks to those who rode the bikes.

Joe Gardella, Vintage Motorcycle Builder/Racer
Jon Glaefke

As usual, couldn’t multi-task well enough to get much in the way of pics/video.  So . . . if you were there and have anything you can share, please email me at      And if you have any follow up questions and/or just want to talk . . . please email or call . . . 404-797-0854.Museum ArtPaddock overhead


Old and New.

Will be heading to the Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival outside of Birmingham this weekend.  Hopefully the rain will have left by then.

Pic. of Gottlieb Daimler’s motorcycle in his shop circa 1885 . . . some would argue it was the first motorcycle.   The frame and wheels are wood.Gottlieb-Daimlers-workshop-560x377

Pic. of P-2 outside the shop.  I’m sure Gottlieb would frown upon the clutter . .. and surprised that I don’t have a 120 lb. anvil in my shop.

P2 in the rain outside the shop
P2 in the rain outside the shop