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The Bike: Design, Artwork, Want exhibition preview

Greater than a century of motorbike design and improvement – and a glance to the way forward for two wheels – shall be on present in Brisbane this November.

Pictures: Numerous, courtesy of QAGOMA

An artwork exhibition with a distinction will hit Brisbane this November, when ‘The Bike: Design, Artwork, Want’ opens on the Queensland capital’s Gallery of Trendy Artwork (GOMA).

Recognising the motorbike as a design object, The Bike: Design, Artwork, Want will function over 100 machines that doc greater than a century of motorbike historical past – from the 1870s to the current day.

Modelled on the massively profitable ‘Artwork of the Bike’ exhibition first held at New York’s Guggenheim Museum in 1998, The Bike: Design, Artwork, Want was curated by the identical workforce – Charles B. Falco and Ultan Guilfoyle – that curated that groundbreaking exhibition, however what shall be on present in Brisbane’s GOMA isn’t any mere rehashing of what was introduced 20 years in the past.

Firstly, most of the bikes within the exhibition have been sourced from Australian collections and have important Australian historical past. Rarities, one-offs, race bikes and Australian-made specials will function, whereas the increase within the customized bike scene can also be coated. Extra importantly, the present shift from inside combustion engines to electrical energy can also be showcased – a component unseen in earlier motorbike artwork exhibitions and one which “seems to be ahead” to the way forward for the motorbike, in addition to wanting again at motorcycling’s previous.

Greater than a yr within the planning and curating, The Bike: Design, Artwork, Want has sourced bikes from all around the world, chosen for his or her significance in motorbike improvement, groundbreaking aesthetics, built-for-purpose simplicity, or simply as a result of they’re lovely items of design.

The exhibition opens on 28 November, 2020 and runs to 26 April, 2021, so hopefully the worst of COVID-19 shall be over and people exterior of Queensland will be capable to journey interstate and see this exhibition for themselves.

Till then, right here’s a sneak preview of simply a number of the 100+ bikes that can function in The Bike: Design, Artwork, Want.

Particular Because of Michael O’Sullivan, Design Supervisor at QAGOMA, for help with this text.

1906 Spencer

Whereas not the oldest motorbike within the exhibition, the Spencer is probably some of the important, at the least from an Australian perspective, because it was one of many first bikes to be virtually solely manufactured on this nation. Whereas many veteran-era Australian bikes matched imported engines to locally-manufactured frames and cycle elements, virtually every little thing on the bike launched by David Spencer in 1906 was designed and constructed in-house.

One among ten constructed and regarded as the one compete instance, the Spencer on present can also be a really “native” bike, because it was constructed within the Brisbane suburb of Auchenflower, solely minutes away from the exhibition area at GOMA.

The unique timber castings for the engine can even be displayed with the bike.

Supply: The Australian Motorlife Museum, Wollongong – Paul Butler Assortment

Pictures: Penelope Clay

1912 Henderson 4

The tandem seat structure is the very first thing you discover concerning the American-made Henderson, however what was extra essential was its mechanical componentry, which was superior for the interval and distinctive given this was the primary motorbike Henderson produced. The specification included a crank-start 965cc (60ci) four-cylinder engine with mechanical valves and splash lubrication, twin pedals for the rear brake, a magneto and a clutch – the latter function nearly unprecedented when this bike debuted in 1912.

Two American adventurers had sufficient religion within the Henderson 4 that they tried to journey a pair of them world wide. One rider dropped out inside days, however the different rode on, finishing the journey ten months and greater than 18,000 miles later.  

Solely six Henderson Fours from the primary yr of manufacturing are thought to exist worldwide.

Supply: Clyde Crouch Assortment

Photograph: Robert La Prelle

1920 Indian Scout streamliner

No, this isn’t the streamliner chances are you’ll keep in mind from The World’s Quickest Indian, nor the one you might have seen in Invercargill, however it’s a real Burt Munro Indian streamliner.

Munro refined and modified his design throughout the course of his quite a few visits to the Bonneville Salt Flats, however delivery the bike and all its parts forwards and backwards was costly. As such, Munro would go away body, streamliner our bodies and different elements within the US, bringing simply the engines and gearboxes again with him to New Zealand for additional improvement.

Claimed to be one among two surviving real Burt Munro streamliners, this bike was utilized in 1967 – Munro’s seventh and final Bonneville marketing campaign – and the one on which he set an SA 1000 class land velocity document that stood unbroken for 50 years.

Supply: Clyde Crouch Assortment

Photograph: Robert La Prelle

1929 Douglas DT5 speedway

With speedway being born in Australia, the curators felt it was essential to current a motorbike representing that historical past and chosen this restored instance of the kind of early speedway machine that may have been seen each right here and within the UK within the Nineteen Twenties and early ‘30s.

Born from Douglas’s RA mannequin that had been explicit profitable in Australia, the DT5 (Grime Observe 500cc – a DT6 600cc model was additionally out there) carried the signature Douglas inline flat twin engine and was some of the aggressive speedway bikes of the late Nineteen Twenties. Regardless of being such a narrowly-focussed machine – no clutch, no brakes, and so on. – the recognition of speedway within the UK meant that greater than 1,300 Douglas DT bikes like this one have been bought there in 1929 alone.

Supply: Non-public assortment, Sydney

Photograph: Penelope Clay

1940 Indian Chief outfit

Earlier than Charles Falco and Ultan Guilfoyle even got here to Australia to seek for bikes to incorporate in The Bike: Design, Artwork, Want, they have been conscious of Peter Arundel, as his assortment of historic Indians will not be solely the perfect in Australia, however arguably one of many greatest and finest on the planet, too.

Considerably, most of the bikes from Arundel’s assortment have lengthy Australian histories, both in civilian, army or competitors use.

The 1940 Chief outfit was chosen for the exhibition on account of its distinctive design options, notably the deeply valanced mudguards that debuted on Chiefs that yr, whereas the manufacturing unit sidecar is a design object in its personal proper. Different Indians from Arundel’s assortment within the exhibition embrace a 1916 8-valve racer, 1926 hillclimber and a 1928 ‘401’ four-cylinder mannequin.

Supply: Arundel Assortment

Photograph: Anne-Marie De Boni

1941 Harley-Davidson knucklehead chopper (1973 construct)

This motorbike has a JUST BIKES connection, of kinds, because it was on show with long-term JUST BIKES advertisers Vintage Bikes in Cheltenham.

Representing chopper design from the Seventies, this knucklehead-based customized has all of the class’s signature styling cues, from the intense rake, to the hardtail rear, ape hanger bars, sweet twist springer fork, modified lighting, entrance brake delete and customized paint job.

A number of original-era choppers have been thought of for the exhibition, together with an Straightforward Rider ‘Captain America’ bike, however this one was chosen because it not solely represents the fashion however can also be Australian-owned.
Inbuilt New York in round 1973, this chopper was a part of a group in New Jersey for a few years earlier than it got here to Australia someday within the Nineteen Nineties. The present proprietor bought it from Vintage Bikes.

Supply: Non-public assortment, Mackay

Photograph: Andrea Beavis

1956 Tilbrook

Australian-made bikes have been an essential consideration when curating this exhibition, and this one comes from the post-WWII interval when Australian-designed and made bikes have been changing into rarer and rarer.

The Tilbrook identify is rightly related to sidecars, however Rex Tilbrook additionally sought to construct an all-Australian motorbike. The primary instance rolled out of Tilbrook’s Adelaide manufacturing unit in 1947, with commuter and competitors bikes following. Most have been powered by Villiers singles in 125cc and 197cc capability and recognized by outsized gas tanks to cowl the distances usually travelled in Australia.

Whereas Tilbrook racing bikes have been profitable, motorbike manufacturing by no means reached the heights Rex dreamed of, with solely round 55 inbuilt complete. The bike within the exhibition is the final Tilbrook constructed, differing from its predecessors with its bathtub-style fairing and a traditional twin-shock swingarm.

Supply: Dennis Martin Assortment
Photograph: Brayden Mann

1960 Vespa GS150

A motorbike design exhibition merely couldn’t be held and not using a Vespa being included – it’s a reputation that’s change into synonymous with scooters!

The importance of the GS (Gran Sport) 150 is that it moved Vespa from purely utilitarian transport into the realm of fashion and velocity. With a high-revving engine and four-speed gearbox, the GS 150 may hit near 100km/h and do it with higher roadholding than most of its contemporaries.

This instance got here from the gathering at Vespa Home in Melbourne, which has been run by the Tonon household for 3 generations.

As a mirror to the Vespa – and a further demonstration of two-wheel transport being adopted by “non-riders” on a big scale after WWII – a 1960 Honda Tremendous Cub can also be exhibited.

Supply: Vespa Houise and Frank Tonon

Photograph: Anne-Marie De Boni

2009 Deus Ex Machina ‘Drover’s Canine’

With Deus Ex Machina being such a serious a part of the brand new millennium customized motorbike scene – and as a lot of a life-style model as they’re a motorbike model – it was a pure choice to incorporate an instance of one among their creations. The issue was which to decide on. As Deus’s output has been so prolific, narrowing the choices all the way down to only one was tough. In the end, the curators have been interested in the sense of escape and really “Australian” way of life represented by the ‘Drover’s Canine’ with its customized surfboard service.

Based mostly on a Yamaha SR500, the Drover’s Canine was constructed by Jeremy Tagand in 2009, however the bike and surfboard (created by Paul McNeil) grew to become separated a while afterward, resulting in a alternative board being commissioned. Will probably be reunited with the bike on the exhibition.

Supply: Joseph Mildren / Deus Ex Machina, Sydney

Photograph: Deus Ex Machina

2015 KTM 450 Rally

Though some competitors bikes function on this exhibition, it’s about design, not Australian racing historical past, so don’t count on to see the likes of Gardner, Stoner or Doohan GP bikes. That’d be a 100+ bike exhibition in itself! This KTM 450 Rally is an exception, although.

The machine on which Toby Value received the Dakar in 2016, this racing KTM is operating a 450cc single, however that engine sits in a body that’s truly primarily based on a bigger 690 mannequin to make entry and removing simpler.

Being constructed for competitors, each factor of the bike’s design has a function, which made it attention-grabbing from a design perspective.

Value apparently nonetheless rides and assessments on this machine, which was gifted to him by KTM after his breakthrough Dakar win.

Supply: Toby Value Assortment

Photograph: Future7Media and KTM Group

2016 Bandit9 ‘Eve MkII’

Whereas some customized bikes are constructed to journey, others are constructed to take a look at and the ‘Eve MkII’ from Bandit9 in Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, Vietnam positively falls into the latter class. That being stated, Bandit9 do produce copies of their designs to order, a few of which little question see some motion on the street.

Modern, streamlined bodywork and customized swingarms are an indicator of Bandit9’s creations, most of that are primarily based on the type of Honda 50cc, 90cc and 125cc mopeds and scooters which are prodigious in Vietnam, so there’s no scarcity of base materials to work from.

The instance on this exhibition is one among 13 late-model customized bikes that got here from the Haas Motor Museum in Texas.

Supply: Bobby Haas and the Haas Moto Museum

Photograph: Grant Schwingle

2016 Max Hazan Motorworks ‘The Black Knight’

Arguably some of the unique creators within the modern customized motorbike scene, Max Hazan is a builder whose bikes are nearer to sculpture than engineering in most situations.

Wanting like a land velocity document bike from days passed by, ‘The Black Knight’ relies on a 1949 BSA 500 single engine, however nearly every little thing connected to it was constructed from scratch. Standout styling options embrace the fully-enclosed rear wheel, girder fork-style entrance finish and glass oil bottle, to call just a few. Apparently, that tumbler tank was settled on after brass and aluminium tanks have been made, however deemed to be unsuitable aesthetically.

This explicit bike was constructed particularly for Bobby Haas and is one among greater than 200 bikes in his museum.

Supply: Bobby Haas and the Haas Moto Museum

Photograph: Grant Schwingle

2018 Craig Rodsmith ‘Corps Leger’

The standard BSA Bantam by no means regarded like this! Whereas the 150cc engine is identical at that which powered tons of of hundreds of Bantam commuters, postie bikes and farm bikes within the early post-WWII years, every little thing else is bespoke and from the inventive thoughts of Craig Rodsmith.

Just like the Max Hazan bike, Rodsmith’s ‘Corps Leger’ (‘mild physique’ in French) was created for Bobby Haas and adopted Haas’s buy of one other Rodsmith creation.

The identify got here from the intensive use of light-weight aluminium for the physique and disc wheel covers, whereas the Bantam engine is connected to a very bespoke body and suspension. Even the wheels have been scratch constructed.

Whereas the hand-beaten physique provides Corps Leger a futuristic, Jetsons-style twist, the white rubber tyres evoke veteran board observe racers.

Supply: Bobby Haas and the Haas Moto Museum

Photograph: Grant Schwingle

2019 Cake Kalk OR

Electrical bikes are a specific focus of this exhibition, with the Swedish-built Cake Kalk OR representing the way forward for motorcycling.

With so many electrical motorbike firms coming and going, selecting which electrical bikes to show may have pulled the curators in a dozen alternative ways, however being a design exhibition, the Cake received out for its brutally easy (and dare we are saying, very Scandinavian) aesthetic and monochrome palette.

Seen inside the Kalk OR’s 6061 aluminium body and carbon fibre physique is an 11kW electrical motor, powered by a 2.6kWh battery, which may be fitted singly or as one among a pair for prolonged vary. Being Cake’s off-road mannequin, the Kalk OR has 300mm floor clearance, knobby tyres and MX-spec Öhlins suspension, which supply 204mm entrance and 205mm rear journey.

Supply: Cake

Photograph: Cake

2020 Savic Alpha

A brand new participant within the trade, Savic is bringing a brand new power to the electrical motorbike scene, too. This Australian-made bike completes the circle of native motorbike manufacturing that began with the Spencer greater than a century in the past.

The unit to be displayed in Brisbane is the premium C-Sequence ‘Alpha’ with 60kW and 180Nm output from its 3-phase electrical motor and a 200km vary from its 11kWh battery pack. To this, Savic provides a spine body and single-side swingarm, whereas the bodywork has shades of café racer within the tank and tail therapy.

At time of writing, greater than half of the 49-unit run of C-Sequence founder’s editions had been accounted for, which exhibits this Aussie startup has hit the correct mix of know-how, efficiency and magnificence that electrical motorbike adopters are in search of.

Supply: Savic Bikes

Photograph: Jason Lau

The Bike: Design, Artwork, Want – opening quickly!

If this preview has whetted your urge for food, and if COVID restrictions in your space permit, ensure you get to this exhibition when it opens at Brisbane’s Gallery of Trendy Artwork on 28 November.

The prospect to see greater than 100 bikes representing the historical past and future of motorbike design can’t be seen anyplace else in Australia aside from GOMA in Brisbane – the exhibition won’t journey to different Australian cities.

Even should you’re not an avid motorcyclist, there’s an abundance to see and expertise at this exhibition, together with:

  • a cinema programme that explores depictions of bikes in films from world wide, from classics like Straightforward Rider and The Wild One, to anime, arthouse movies and even the Finke Desert Race!
  • Interactive actions, together with digital rides on a Fifties Vespa, Sixties filth bike and electrical ‘future bike’
  • Bike helmets individualized by fifteen cutting-edge Australian artists within the ‘Full Face: Artists’ Helmets’ show

The exhibition has a COVID-SAFE plan in place, together with restricted entry numbers and speak to tracing, each on arrival at GOMA and on the exhibition ticket desk.

A high-quality, 320-page hardcover guide – written by Charles M. Falco and Ultan Guilfoyle, with 400 color pictures and that includes all of the bikes from the exhibition – has been compiled and is presently out there to pre-order forward of publication in November.

Tickets for The Bike: Design, Artwork, Want are actually out there for pre-purchase, with costs beginning at $25.00 for adults, $20.00 concession, $10.00 kids (5-12yo) and $60.00 for a household. Reductions can be found for QAGOMA members.

To buy tickets, go to: qagoma.qtix.com.au

For extra exhibition info, together with updates and extra particulars on GOMA’s COVID-SAFE plan, go to: qagoma.qld.gov.au

The Bike: Design, Artwork, Want

28 Nov, 2020 – 26 Apr, 2021

Queensland Gallery of Trendy Artwork

Stanley Place, South Brisbane


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