The Art Of The Unfinished Motorcycle Look.

You are looking at the personal custom motorcycle of David Beckham, the world’s highest-paid footballer (soccer player) when taking into account salary and advertisiing deals. Also famously married to Victoria Adams, dubbed “Posh Spice” of the pop music group Spice Girls.

So, you can push far away the idea that an unfinished look belongs to a non-completed bike. As a matter of fact it can take as much time, if not more, to get the perfect unfinished look to make you appear like a true/authentic/real/vintage loving (add your adjective) biker. Now a member of the Hollywood riding elite (led by Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Tom Cruise) and still a soccer player for the Los Angeles Galaxy team, he tries hard to escape paparazzi on his “anonymous” bike.


Back to this custom creation, it took one year for The Garage Company (owner Yoshi Kosaka) to finish it the way you see it. Mixing old and new for practicality, it is built on a 1940’s frame, is powered by a new S&S 93″ Knucklehead engine with electric start, features an authentic 1934 Harley Springer front end and a 5-speed tranny. David Beckham is also the owner of a Ducati Desmosedici RR and a Confederate F131 Hellcat Combat. And if you wonder why he is dressed with a shirt and tie, it’s because, as reported by the Daily Mail, he was riding to a meeting in LA with President Barack Obama….



 

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40 Responses to “The Art Of The Unfinished Motorcycle Look.”


  1. 1 Brandon Jan 24th, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Like in fashion, it’s very expensive to look so cheap.

  2. 2 Kemper Jan 24th, 2012 at 10:47 am

    He is having a “ball” on his unfinished motorcycle. Good for him.

  3. 3 Kirkland Jan 24th, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Why not build new bikes with assembly-line aging? Order-up a “distressed” model that’s an emissions compliant beater.

    “Buy into” the authentic antique aristocracy. BE, the Dos Equis man for a set price.

    The “suit and tie thing” being transported by an “unfinished” monster is going to be BIG.

  4. 4 ROCKSTAR Jan 24th, 2012 at 11:15 am

    the fauz patina on that bike looks perfect.

    see Yosh at the Long Beach swap looking for parts… to make bikes like this.

  5. 5 rebel Jan 24th, 2012 at 11:20 am

    thumbs up! i don’t blame the guy AT ALL, apparently kevin A was trying to achieve this unfinished, aged (by time to complete) look but people just aren’t as patient as they used to be.

  6. 6 Alan sharp Jan 24th, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Good on you DB, you, looks, so cool…………

  7. 7 chaos cycle Jan 24th, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    great bike, only that looks out of place is his atire but you adressed that. The garage boys always put together cool bikes

  8. 8 BobS Jan 24th, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    “…to make you appear like a true/authentic/real/vintage loving (add your adjective) biker.”
    that’s a rather wordy way of saying “poser”.

  9. 9 Captain John T. Awesome Jan 24th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    BobS – I agree totally!

  10. 10 David Jan 24th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    And just what would keep him from slipping on a nice leather jacket and a pair of gloves to help in case of a fall. we wouldn’t want hin to scrape those great soccer legs Now Would We? (soccer!!! GAG).

    SSDD;David

  11. 11 Dinky Dot Jan 24th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    God love President Barack Obama meeting with a common everyday man.

  12. 12 rob Jan 24th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    The president meeting with a non -citzen of great wealth………………………….?

  13. 13 Dinky Dot Jan 24th, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Sorry didnt use the sarcasm font . But other than coming from England (my favorite Muslim country by the way) and a few hundred million. hes just like me or you!

  14. 14 Walt Lumpkin Jan 24th, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Where’s the pic of Miss Vicky on the P pad?

  15. 15 badams Jan 24th, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Dont be fooled by these tinsel town superstars, alot of them actually ride beyond the photo op in West Hollywood. Beckham has been known to ride up to SF and back in a day. He’s got the scratch, glad to see he is broadening his collection and keeping the small shops in business.

  16. 16 TexBagger Jan 24th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Electric start on a fake Knuck? Really?

  17. 17 nicker Jan 24th, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    David Whatever (who cares).
    But the scooter….. Now it’s as it should be…….. 🙂

    -nicker-

  18. 18 Kirkland Jan 24th, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    It’s a Triumph® “Speed-Twin” front brake backing plate isn’t it? 🙂 Yea it is! 🙂 … from about..1968.. or whenever their first unit construction made the scene.

  19. 19 DC Jan 24th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Sweet bike. Love the Garage Company, it’s a great place – borders on being a museum.
    Good choice by mister Beckham there, all you haters can wallow in it.

  20. 20 barney Jan 25th, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Gotta laugh at the poser “police”, you find em everywhere,….so the guy likes beautiful bikes and can afford them, so what. Whatya got ride for 50 years before you aren’t a poser? I guess there are 50 year riders calling 30 year riders “posers”. Save your put downs for the lousy car drivers doofus.

  21. 21 hk Jan 25th, 2012 at 3:13 am

    i agreee with barney ,so where are these rules to being a real biker ? Ive been riding for 22 years and built more bikes than i can count .So if i ride a brand new bike in a suit or an old bike in a greasy jacket am i in or out …???? How does this work again ,,,,please enlighten the masses all you “real bikers”.

    Maybe one day the loud mouth “hardcore real bikers” can ride their own ride and STFU when someone is doing their own thing minding their own buisness.

  22. 22 James McBride Jan 25th, 2012 at 3:37 am

    I like them, so long as they’re done right. There’s no real difference between spending hours making sure your bike is chromed up to spending hours making sure its scratched up. If it’s the look you like, go for it and ignore the haters.

  23. 23 Oldude Jan 25th, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Nice bike but his B.O. meeting was a let down! Thank God he can’t vote!

  24. 24 Dale Jan 25th, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I love the bike

  25. 25 BobS Jan 25th, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Some of you jokers need to reread my post. My comment was in regards to a sentence used in the article, not about the rider or the company that built the bike. However, since it was asked what the rules are here it is. If you are trying to ” make yourself appear to be a true/authentic/real/vintage loving (add your adjective) biker.” and you are in fact not said adjective biker, then you are actually a poser. And probably a douchebag too, but those rules aren’t quite so black and white.

  26. 26 Wiz Jan 25th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Looks like my first bike after findin’ a ’48 Pan in a chicken coop for $250. when I was 14. Didn’t have all them fancy bling parts available back then. Maybe J.C. Whitney. Brings back allotta memories. Wiz

  27. 27 Ed Martin Jan 25th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I like the bike…..”Mr Lucky”

  28. 28 Robert Filla Jan 25th, 2012 at 11:01 am

    The early-style tumbler ignition switch in the left side gas tank, very nice.

  29. 29 Dave Jan 25th, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I think that what Bob is trying to say is that if you ride a bike like that and aren’t a big bad, bearded, tatooed, hard drinkin’ piece of crap that takes pride in beatin’ on both men and women, you are a “poser”.

  30. 30 BobS Jan 25th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Not exactly Dave. If the Hollywood elite mentioned in the article want to ride high dollar faux old school bikes in cashmere sweaters and loafers made out of baby seals, great, go for it! Keep custom builders employed! I just found the politically correct definition of poser used in the article worthy of commenting on. I was commenting on language, not people.

  31. 31 badams Jan 25th, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Definition of a Biker :
    A rider of a motorcycle, i.e., one who participates in motorcycling.

    Why is this resurgence of uneducated insecure types with bad hygiene and diets on deathtraps become celebrated? That was done 50 years ago.

    If you want to be “outlaw”, try doing it in the 21st century, bucking 21st century social morays, not looks and attitudes of the Sixties. Otherwise, just be yourself and enjoy your motorcycle and friends.

  32. 32 Chris Jan 25th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Hey David, Victoria called and said she wants her pants back.

  33. 33 Captain John T. Awesome Jan 25th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    BobS – Still agree with you.

  34. 34 Captain John T. Awesome Jan 25th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    badams – Deathtraps are fun. Believe me. You may not like them, but they’re fun. Why do people still fly WW2 airplanes? I mean they;re obsolete right? And when they fly them why are they still dressed like the pilots did in WW2? Why of why? Maybe it’s because while time marches on, some things will always be awesome. And in order to in enjoy these awesome things, sometimes you need to dress to suit them. For example: Wearing a heavy leather flight jacket with a sheepskin liner to keep warm at high altitude in an uninsulated airplane…….Or wearing greasy old clothes while riding riding your greasy old motorcycle rather than ruin good cothes……hmmmmmm….wait that actually makes sense! A faux old bike with a douche in a spotless brooks bros outfit really i guess is the perfect image That bike will never leak oil on him and he’ll never get his hands dirty fixing it. The whole image is just ridiculous and this is coming from a guy who rides a very similar bike.LOL Oh and by the way, the problems of the ’60’s are still the problems of today. Useless wars and political corruption being the main ones.

  35. 35 Maddpuppy Jan 26th, 2012 at 5:59 am

    Tom Cruise rides ? Who holds up the bike when he has to come to a stop ?

  36. 36 Kroeter Jan 26th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Since Beckham is in a different salary and lifestyle galaxy than us, I doubt he is worried too much about looking like a “biker”. I’m sure he’s bad-ass enough for his old lady and circle of friends.

  37. 37 AndrewF Jan 26th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Lucky for us on smaller salaries, it isn’t hard to obtain that ‘unfinished look’ on minimal budget… Yes, you too can look like Beckham, if you buy a bike that was made in China.

  38. 38 badams Jan 26th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    @ Capt John–

    I own 2 death traps which have passed the year after year tests on Socal highways, near freezing mountain roads, blistering deserts runs and white knuckle lane splitting through LA. Yes, they are fun. I don’t disagree with your points about dressing the part either. The inflammatory part comes in with desperate attempts at being “hard” while profiling in skateboard shoes and a snowmobile helmets. Compared to a true club member who has done his road time, or an Iron Butt rider, these guys should either tone it down or stick to Lambrettas, they would go better with their outfits. Sadly, sooner or later too many PBRs in a can get em’ and they highside on their swap meet magic carpet rides, scrape an ankle off and then limp around, wearing it like a badge of courage. And in some convoluted way, its celebrated. I digress.

    PS, you got me on the Sixties thing, only now its a far more sophisticated Military Industrial Complex….

  39. 39 Kirkland Jan 28th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Here’s some building advice from Mechanix with quick-steps for creating a “cut-down”.

    http://thp.yuku.com/topic/5610/Some-very-nice-old-iron#.TyQt_Eqk1aX

    Wouldn’t it be nice to repop a JD or Twin Cam. Nimble or what? 🙂

  40. 40 OG Jan 29th, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    There is a lot of cool stuff hidden under that patina. Yoshi owns garage co., Kiyo built this bike he works there.

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