Flash back to 1967. The Beatles release of “Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band”, their 9th official album, the 1st ever with no gap between the songs and the 1st using the run-out groove therefore leaving the stylus on the record, chattering away endlessly. A music “Revlution”. It was qualified as a “concept” album that influenced an international now baby-boomer generation. It is still in the top 10 most sold albums worldwide (without the help of iTunes where you can’t still buy it). So, it had to happen: somebody built a theme bike to honor this record from the Fab Four.
And it’s not coming like you would think from an English custom builder, but from Tobias Guckel from German shop TGS Motorcycles. Well, that you like or not the Beatles and theme bikes, you must admit that this custom built could belong to the very famous “Sgt. Peppers” album cover (although, as far as I know, none of the Beatles has ever been into motorcycles.). The bike is built on a TGS propriatery “Carrera” rigid frame, uses a 100″ RevTech engine and RevTech 5-speed transmission, rolls on 18″ wheels, brakes in the rear via a K Tech sprocket brake and a front Performance Machine 4-piston caliper. Gas tank is a modified Mustang, and all other main parts (gold plated and gold anodized) come from the TGS catalog: Air Cleaner, trumpet pies, seat, oil take, risers, forward controls, read fender, etc.) “Beatles Paint” produced by top Europeean artist Marcus Pfeil. Will this bike end up being displayed at the Abbey Road Studio? TGS Motorcycles (photography courtesy H. Roesler)