The Drayton Porkchop
By Anthony van Someren - 28 Dec 13
"This motorcycle was never meant to be a polished, perfectly executed custom bike, it was not destined to sit amongst glittery show pieces, it is not an exercise in high-end fabrication, it was not meant to have flowing lines and blended edges, that stuff is for hatchback designers." This is The Drayton Porkchop, a collaboration between custom workshop Boneshaker Choppers and design studio Ilovedust, and as intros go, this is a pretty good one, penned by Ollie & Mark of ILoveDust. Billed as 'ILoveDust VS Boneshaker' the bike was meant to be "a mean brute that looks as if it was built for a purpose, some kind of abused race bike with an illustrative flash of race graphics in white and gold to finish it off." The build started out with a 1972 ironhead Sportster frame and motor. To keep the bike low and fat Benny from Boneshaker Choppers laced drum & disc hubs to 16 inch rims and fitted them with Firestone ANS tyres. They also wanted a particular look to the controls set-up. "I hate master cylinders on handlebars so I set up a master cylinder operated by a cable lever, I didn’t want this set up totally hidden, I like to see working parts, I like to see the cables - the parts that make the bike stop and go." The tank was pinched from a Yamaha and modified to fit the Sportster frame, with a bayonet fillercap. Benny fabricated a cutout for the carb and throttle cable. The low tracker style tailpiece was made in fibreglass. Benny wanted to do something a little different with the exhaust, he explains; "...something that was tight and industrial looking, I made the high level two into one pipe to sit close to the motor and exit from inside the rear right strut helping to keep the bike compact and strangely narrow whilst looking fat from the rear." As you'll see the bike isn't bothered by anything unnecessary, and we're not just taking a bike with no fenders, there's also no lights, no speedo, it's a raw bones build, just made to go and stop. With the paint and finish the guys wanted to reflect this rawness, keeping most of the bodywork in matt black leaving a few flashes of white and gold to stand out. All the graphics and imagery on the bike were meticulously hand painted. ILoveDust Creative Director Mark Graham: "It's important that our work has a narrative, but equally as important that it looks good. The '10' painted onto the oil tank represents our 10 years in the game." The bike wears its slogans and images as though it's been tattooed. As a design statement this machine certainly does the job, so, that's job done from Benny at Boneshaker Choppers and Ollie & Mark at ILoveDust. We look forward to seeing what other collaborations might come up in 2014.