Warbird. A Freaking Awesome Bike & Engine.

warbird1When you are a custom builder you see a lot of bikes that you like very much, but very few that really impress you. Exception, the first of 2009 that I really love is this truly amazing custom called Warbird born out of Ian Douglas combined passion for vintage aircraft & motorcycles. This board track style bike is already very cool by its lines & details, but the most amazing part is the one-off engine built by Ian himself using World War II radial aircraft cylinders (provided by Radial Engines Ltd in Guthrie, OK) and hand-warbird2warbird3built crank cases. Ian made the casting patterns, the machining and the casting was provided by OBCO foundries in Richmond, British Columbia. And of course, the cradle for this one-off engine is tube bended by Ian. After 2 years of Labor, this 191 Cubic inch (Bore 5.125 in Stroke 4.625 in 3129 cc) cranked at first try with a sound (with open pipes) that Ian qualifies as a blend of a large radial engine and a Harley Davidson Big Twin. He promised to upload very soon on his website a sound clip and a video of him riding his Warbird Motorcycle.. 


23 Responses to “Warbird. A Freaking Awesome Bike & Engine.”

  1. 1 Mick Chadwick- Custom Cruisers.com Feb 2nd, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Hi isnt that Mike corbins name for the bike he built years ago? did a fiberglass kit for HD? Mike

  2. 2 Dimitri Feb 2nd, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Mick. You are confused. This bike is awesome. Nothing to do with the Corbin’ s one of 15 years ago, except the name/theme. Would like to hear this engine running.

  3. 3 nick Feb 2nd, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Over the top motor. Beautiful

  4. 4 alan Feb 2nd, 2009 at 8:44 am


  5. 5 Biker Bob Feb 2nd, 2009 at 9:11 am

    191 ci 3129 cc, must have massive torque. Can’t wait to hear the motor run.

  6. 6 Knucklehead Feb 2nd, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Damn straight! Awesome bike I’d say. It would look a lot better sitting next to the HD in my work shop.

  7. 7 Chris Hagenson Feb 2nd, 2009 at 10:29 am

    I want one just like that, right now!

  8. 8 steveb Feb 2nd, 2009 at 10:30 am

    this is the shit: innovative, cool, modern and tough.


  9. 9 Donny Feb 2nd, 2009 at 11:12 am

    that motor is fuckin awesome, but the rest of the bike doesn’t seem to be on the same level. he obviously is very capable. just kinda surprised at that

  10. 10 John K. Endrizzi Feb 2nd, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    The motor must be capable of shredding that skinny rear tire to pieces ! I’m personally happy to see something other than earth-mover rubber !

  11. 11 Mike Greenwald Feb 2nd, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Mike Chadwick,
    Good memory, you are correct.

  12. 12 Lyle Feb 2nd, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    I don’t think Corbin’s warbird used any engine parts from a WWII warbird. This one does.

  13. 13 burnout Feb 2nd, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    very nice, well thought out machine. peace

  14. 14 Patof Feb 2nd, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Too bad the gas tank does not fit the theme of the bike…. The rest is really nice though, I’m curious how much that motor must have cost to build…!

  15. 15 Marc Mazerolle Feb 2nd, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    You really got to see better pics of this bike, this is an incredible motorcycle, it was featured in Canada’a Motorcycle Mojo Magazine with a poster in the middle of the mag, that poster is in my shop as inspiration to the students I teach and to me!!

  16. 16 Bobfather Feb 2nd, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    The Corbin Warbird was a body kit for both Sporty and FXR models. It wasn’t a complete bike, it was a bolt on kit to customize your stock H-D bike. We used several of them for our customer’s bikes.

  17. 17 Nicker Feb 2nd, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Well, there are “Assemblers” and there are “Builders.”

    Ian Douglas is a Builder.

    “…wonder how much that motor must have cost to build…”

    How about a life time of effort gathering knowledge, tools and building skills.

    What % of today’s builders do ya figure are committed and capable of pulling of such a project.

    A true 1%….. ya think????


  18. 18 Dave B. Feb 2nd, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    A very nice machine, it’s good to see engineering and innovation like this this. A wide range of knowledge and skill applied here, and applied with good taste!

  19. 19 Jeff Nicklus Feb 3rd, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Bravo! …… Well done!

    Over & Out,


  20. 20 Garry Hilborn Feb 3rd, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    I saw this bike at the Gastown Show in Vancouver in 2008 where it won best engineering.
    Ian isn’t just a builder – he is a true artist.
    Awesome bike – nice job!

  21. 21 J Feb 4th, 2009 at 11:59 am

    That engine is just pure sex………………

  22. 22 Nitrous Phil Feb 5th, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Best Engine innovation and work out of Canada.
    Well done and deserving of an Engineered artist award.

  23. 23 D-Dog Apr 5th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    This thing is amazing

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