Most custom bikes these days leave me pretty cold, truth be told. The builders try to be outrageous simply to be outrageous. Lines are extreme and many of the components are, in my opinion, questionable. I mean how many spikes, imitation machine gun bullets, and skull-shaped tail lamps is too many? One, I’d suggest.
Then a bike like this comes along and leaves me drooling, even if I can’t explain exactly why.
Winner of the 2012 World Championship of Custom Bike Building, Thunderhead’s PainTTless is just an incredible example of fine engineering and attention to detail. The vaguely Steampunk look of nickel plating and bronze fittings, the simple beauty of the custom wheels, and the lack of paint distracting from the engineering details all make this bike a standout in my opinion. Nothing seems superfluous to function and not a single bolt seems out of place. It’s a nice, tight package that is certainly due the honour of being named champion.
While probably not a daily rider (one look at the seat will tell you that) I’d still be awfully proud to have PainTTless taking up a spot in my garage. (I know, dream on!)
So congratulations to all at Thunderbike; you’ve really created something remarkable and unique.
(All photos from Thunderbike web site.)
(h/t to Cyril Huze Post for bringing this bike to my attention.)