Drawings in this section are of classic motorcycles not often seen in general use. Many of these restored antiques are only seen on special holidays or celebrations.
The famous 1938 EL Harley Davidson Knuckle Head
detail of drawing in progress
16 x 21, graphite on paper
Harley Knuckle comes to life
1922 F/N (Fabrique Nationale)
2013, graphite on paper, 20 x 15, $3500 .
This rare antique motorcycle was seen in Lucca, Italy on a spring afternoon after a Sunday run in the Tuscan hills to the Piazza Anfiteatro. I created this drawing because the motorcycle, with it’s unique T – head engine, and the Italian background location made wonderful subjects to draw. And the rider actually rode this moto to and from the piazza. The couple walking behind the moto are representative of my mate and I; she hates motorcycles and I love them. Fabrique Nationale was established in 1889 to manufacture Mauser rifles for the Belgin government. In 1897 F/N began manufacturing Browning fire arms, and in the early 1900's diversified into automobiles and motorcycles. F/N made many models of motorcycles until 1965, and continuing to this day, to manufacture quality fire arms for military and civilian use.
1949 VINCENT HRD Rapide
2017, graphite on paper, 15.5 x 21, $3500.
As a retired motorcycle restoration technician, antique and rare motorcycles hold a special fascination for me. A friend of mine in Austin, while performing a partial restoration on this Vincent, let me study it closely. Observing first hand the construction and layout of the engine and frame gave me the opportunity to fairly accurately compose a realistic view of this classic motorcycle. This drawing is the result of over 150 hours of study & drawing. The background, The Lost Well in Austin, Texas, is an urban bar and motorcycle destination frequented by the riders of vintage and classic motorcycles of all brands. Motorcycle owners often lovingly name their rides and sometime in this motorcycle’s life, the name, "Prieto," was stamped into the timing gear cover.
Vincent HRD detail
1956 ARIEL SQUARE FOUR
2017, graphite on paper & color pencils, 15 x 21, $3500.
It always amazes me when I look back at the drawings I have created over the years: the time and energy, study and hand training, not to mention actually being present with my subject to find the best angle, perspective and detail. And sometimes I am not satisfied, experimenting with sketch after sketch before daring to put pencil to the expensive drawing paper. I saw this Classic British machine at the 2017 Harvest Classic European and Vintage Motorcycle Rally in Luckenbach, Texas. The owner saw some of my drawings and asked me to draw a picture of his 56 Ariel Square Four. I was very impressed with the quality and exactness of the restoration work
Ariel Square Four detail
Ariel Sq 4 detail
2018, graphite on paper, 13 x 10, $500.
Luckenbach Texas is the weekend music & motorcycle destination choice for many. It’s a little bit Country and a little bit Rock & Roll. Made famous by Willie, Waylon and countless C&W and R&R players and music aficionados, motorcycle riders of all brands also congregate on Saturday and Sunday afternoons for a cold brew and great music. A 1971 Norton Commando 750 seen at the 2017 Harvest Classic Motorcycle rally in Luckenbach, Texas. Even as a finicky thoroughbred needing constant supervision and maintenance, the Commando was popular with motorcycle riders looking for handling, performance and thrills.
BROUGH SUPERIOR SS 100
2012, graphite on paper, 14 x 20.5, $3500
The Brough Superior SS 100 motorcycle was built from 1924 to 1939 at Nottingham, England. The 998cc 50 degree, over head valve V-twin was the “Rolls Royce of Motorcycles,” guaranteed to go 100+ miles per hour off the showroom floor. This drawing depicts an SS 100 seen in Lucca, Italy at the Piazza Anfiteatro at the end of a Sunday run by the Club Balestrero VMC (Veteran Motor Car Association) in May, 2008. At the time, I was so focused on the details of this Classic Motorcycle that I failed to actually stand back and look at the whole vehicle. After seeing a video of Jay Leno and his 39 SS100 I realized that I’d seen a running example and had recorded enough information to create a drawing. This freehand drawing was created as an exercise in reflections. From the Italian Piazza background to the stone and chrome, everything we see is a function of reflected light.
Brough Superior detail
2010, graphite on paper, 14.5 x 11.5, $2200
On a Sunday afternoon in June of 2008 in the walled city of Lucca, Italy, the local antique auto and motorcycle club roared into The Piazza Anfiteatro for refreshment and conversation after a day of riding the country roads of Tuscany. This self portrait and reflection of the one-time Roman Stadium was inspired by the reflected image on the fuel tank of a wonderfully restored 1943 350cc ‘Matchless’ motorcycle.
VINCENT BLACK KNIGHT
2015 graphite on paper, 6 x 10.5,$300.
This drawing was inspired by the Vincent emblem surrounded by reflections in the bodywork of a Vincent Black Knight motorcycle. Manufactured by Phil Vincent in Brittan between 1954 & 1955, the ‘Series D’ Black Night was basically a Black Shadow covered by an aerodynamic body of gloss black fiberglass. My fascination with depicting reflected light was given a challenge to create this drawing. The emblem, as the drawing’s centerpiece, is bracketed by my artistic take of the reflections in the bodywork of The Lone Star Motorcycle Museum in Vanderpool, Texas.
2011, graphite on paper, 11.5 X 15. $2200.
One of the motorcycles from the Club Balestrero VMC (Veteran Motor Car Association) of Lucca, Italy is a wonderfully restored Zundapp K800. The K800 has such an unusual 1930's Art Deco appearance that I had to make my artist’s rendition of what I was seeing. The detailed reflections of the piazza and people in the mirror, chrome and paint were so irresistible that I added Diane’s image to the surface of the fuel tank. I loved drawing the juxtaposition of the textures: the paving cobbles, chrome & painted surfaces, mirror reflections and hand grip rubber.
1986, ink on paper, 8.5 x 11
Boston Bob wanted a Harley Davidson motorcycle with a passion. Unfortunately, as a happy-go-lucky ner-do-well he had no money. When a Harley came his way and he was unable to raise the cash, I bought it out from under him before someone else did. When Bob got miffed at me because I wouldn’t let him ride it, I drew this little ink portrait of him riding the motorcycle he almost had. Glad I made Litho prints because the original was burned in a house fire.
It has been just over thirty years. Sportster Chuck, if you still own this Harley Sportster Motorcycle, give me a call. I will finish the drawing for you and it is yours.