the ride: new custom motorcycles + their builders by gestalten
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aug 21, 2013
the ride: new custom motorcycles + their builders by gestalten


the ride: new custom motorcycles + their builders by gestalten
deus ex machina’s ‘the flug’ (pp. 170-171)
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from the book the ride: new motorcycles and their builders, copyright gestalten 2013

 

 

 

the ride: new custom motorcycles and their builders
editors: chris hunter, robert klanten
format: 30 x 27 cm
features: 320 pages, full cover, hardcover, landscape format
language: english
ISBN: 978-3-89955-491-5

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some form of the motorcycle emerged at the end of the 19th century as an engine-powered successor of what was known as the ‘safety’ bicycle in which both the rear and front wheels measured the same size. the popularity of these bikes began picking up speed shortly after, with american producers harley davidson and indian motorcycle manufacturing company acting as the forerunners, paving the way for the industry. today, more than a century later, the motorcycle is considered a symbol of freedom and power, and continues to fascinate us on a social and cultural level.

 

 


deus ex machina’s ‘the mongrel’ (pp. 170-171)
image courtesy of deus ex machina
from the book the ride: new motorcycles and their builders, copyright gestalten 2013

 

 

gestalten’s ‘the ride: new custom motorcycles and their builders’ takes a look at the contemporary scene that has established itself around this form of transport in recent years, particularly from a design perspective. addressing the strong global culture that has emerged using the motorcycle as a means of expressing one’s personality and creativity, the book makes its way from america to australia–from small, local workshops to established builders worldwide–acknowledging the ‘artists’ and ‘craftsmen’ behind today’s roaring motorcycle industry. ‘the ride’ not only looks at the technical expertise, physics and overall skills that come with building a motorcycle, but it also focuses on the aesthetic rebirth and the customization that goes into today’s two-wheelers–from sourcing one’s own parts to building their own frames, to the application of unconventional materials–offering a survey of some of the most radical and subversively creative motorcycles around.

 

 


deus ex machina’s ‘the flug’ and ‘the elegant mongrel’ (pp. 170-171)
from the book the ride: new motorcycles and their builders, copyright gestalten 2013

 

 

with texts by chris hunter, founder of bike EXIF, the ride features the profiles of pioneers such as deus ex machina, DP customs, el solitario MC, shinya kimura, roland sands and walt siegl and their sometimes made-to-order, sometimes limited series bikes. the motorcycle is back!

 

the official european launch of ‘the ride‘ will be held on august 23rd, 2013 at the gestalten space, sophie-gips-höfe, sophienstraße 21, 10178 in berlin. more info and how to RSVP here. the international release of the publication is scheduled for october 2013.

 


deus ex machina’s ‘the moulin rouge’ (pp. 20-21)
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from the book the ride: new motorcycles and their builders, copyright gestalten 2013

 

 


detail of the deus ex machina’s ‘the moulin rouge’ (pp. 20-21)
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from the book the ride: new motorcycles and their builders, copyright gestalten 2013

 

 


classified moto’s CM185T (for tiny) (pp. 190-191)
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from the book the ride: new motorcycles and their builders, copyright gestalten 2013

 

 


details of the classified moto CM185T (for tiny)
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from the book the ride: new motorcycles and their builders, copyright gestalten 2013

 

 

hawghoic motorcycles 1945FL stoned yellow (pp. 32-33)
from the book the ride: new motorcycles and their builders, copyright gestalten 2013

 

 


DP customs’s ‘del rey’ (pp. 60-61)
image courtesy of DP customs
from the book the ride: new motorcycles and their builders, copyright gestalten 2013

 

 


DP custom’s ‘mele’ (pp. 70-71)
image courtesy of DP customs
from the book the ride: new motorcycles and their builders, copyright gestalten 2013

 

 

DP custom’s ‘mele’ (pp. 70-71)
from the book the ride: new motorcycles and their builders, copyright gestalten 2013

 

 

 

andy copeland’s rebuild of an australian postie (pp. 220-221)
from the book the ride: new motorcycles and their builders, copyright gestalten 2013

 

 


walt siegl’s ‘ ‘leggero nbr. 2/12 carbon’ (pp. 38-39)
image courtesy of walt siegl motorcycles
from the book the ride: new motorcycles and their builders, copyright gestalten 2013

 


ian barry’s ‘the black’ (pp. 54-55)
image courtesy of ian barry
from the book the ride: new motorcycles and their builders, copyright gestalten 2013

 

 


detail of ian barry’s ‘the black’ (pp. 54-55)
image courtesy of ian barry
from the book the ride: new motorcycles and their builders, copyright gestalten 2013

 

 

do the ride thing – the bikes, the builders and the book
video courtesy of gestalten

 

 


a collector’s edition of ‘the ride’ will be available exclusively through gestlaten.com and will come with a linen slipcase, and original embroidered patch designed by corpses from hell. more details online.

 


 

 

click through the gallery below to see more spreads from ‘the ride: new custom motorcycles and their builders’ published by gestalten:

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