Conrad Leach is one of the very few motorcycle artists worth following. So when I read that he was involved in the creation of a new custom motorcycle, I pricked up my metaphorical ears. Information was hard to come by, but finally, here are the images. The bike is called BS1 and it was built for one of Leach’s patrons by Caleb Owens of Cro Customs in Culver City, California. The foundation of this machine is a 1986 Harley Sportster, but all that remains of the donor bike is the engine and the cradle section of the frame. Symmetrical 23” wheels establish the boardtracker stance, and the Springer front end is unusually narrow: it’s been cut-and-shut to maintain the visual balance. The detailing throughout the rest of BS1 is beautifully wrought, and just as importantly, kept to a minimum. Because although it’s heart-stoppingly beautiful, this is a bike designed to be ridden. For more images and the full story, head over to Chop Cult.
Sony NEX-3 | 1/80s | f/4.9 | ISO 200 | Focal length 43mm