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Porsche Tribute Chopper Has Me Scratching My Head

Posted in Bizarre, FAIL, Featured, Motorcycle, Porsche, Promoted by Kurt Ernst | December 31st, 2010 | 7 Responses |

If you were going to build a motorcycle honoring Porsche, what would you create? Would you start with the V-Rod motor, since Harley-Davidson consulted with Porsche on its design? Would you shoehorn that into a light frame, hand built from aluminum and wrapped in carbon-fiber-goodness? Would you paint it in silver, the traditional color of racing Porsches, and would you make sure that it was fast in corners as well as in a straight line? Wouldn’t a bike like this embody what Porsche was all about?

Custom Wolf, a German bike builder, see things differently. To honor the Stuttgart based automaker, Custom Wolf built up a stretched chopper and stuffed a carbureted S&S v-twin engine into the frame. The LA Chopper exhausts ensure that it will be obnoxiously loud, a trait I don’t often associate with Porsche. The black and gold theme (including gold-plated screws on the motor) leaves me puzzled, since I can’t think of a single classic Porsche in this livery. Even the gas tank, which wears murals of Steve McQueen and James Dean, is far too over-the-top for my tastes. I obviously haven’t ridden it, and I’m sure it’s plenty fast in a straight line, but the fork rake and wheelbase have me thinking that it’ll handle like a school bus in the twisties. It certainly won’t be comfortable, and you can rest assured that you’ll attract plenty of attention from the Polizei with the open exhausts. As a tribute to Porsche, I’d have to rate this a “FAIL”, but respray the paint and you could easily make it an “Orange County Choppers” tribute bike.

Source: Two Wheels Blog

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7 Responses

  1. BigRuss says:

    dont think thats a fail… its a sweet looking bike… and granted its an “American” motor that was designed by Porsche… look at the GM EcoTech motors…. they are designed by Honda, built in Germany and installed in all the GM cars…

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      Russ, the motor is an S&S, so it’s a pure American V-twin. It’s not an ugly bike, but nothing about it says “Porsche tribute” to me. I can’t imagine it would be fun to ride for more than about half an hour.

  2. Mark Smith says:

    Definite Fail. I’d at least expect it to have some of the clean Porsche lines to it.

  3. BigRuss says:

    i guess if it handles and preforms like a 911 then its not a fail… i didnt see the S&S part… BUT the airbrush work is top notch…

  4. eddie_357 says:

    that dont look like a canyon carver to me, more on the lines of a american chopper bike like thats what porsche thinks america would like,its a miss.

  5. ds440 says:

    Im with you, Kurt. While I’m sure it’s nicely built and constructed, to say that the bike is honoring Porsche….er, no. Reminds me of those OCC guys. They’ll build/design whatever they want then slap a “Jif Peanut Butter” logo on the side…and wham…a Jif Peanut Butter bike.

  6. Kurt Ernst says:

    ds440, that’s why I’m glad to see an end to the whole “custom chopper” craze. With some notable exceptions, most of the custom built stuff was long on flash and low on function. I never saw any sense in spending $30k and up on a bike you can ride comfortably for about 30 minutes.