When in 1886 famous Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson wrote the novel “The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Hyde”, he didn’t know about motorcycles and of course could not imagine that in 2013 custom builders would continue to be inspired by his work commonly associated with the rare mental condition often spuriously called “split personality” and in psychiatry as “dissociative identity disorder.”
Is there in all of us, within our body, more than one distinct personality? And if yes, are they split between very good and the other evil? And how do we manage completely opposite levels of morality? are topics continuing to passionate people and experts with no definitive answer to ever be given and accepted.
It’s not the first time or the last one that a Jekill & Hyde custom bike is created. In this case, it’s justified by the fact that it was built by Harley Factory Frankfurt for Jekyll & Hyde, a company specializing in electronically adjustable exhaust systems.
What is interesting is how a builder incorporate the interplay of good and evil into a custom motorcycle. A classic approach, retained again on this project, is to do 2 bikes in 1 by opposing left and right side. Different paint colors and art work are a must, inspiration for graphics is evident for each side, appreciation for the painter coming from the execution in expressing distinct personalities. Most who have pursued the theme Jekyll & Hyde have also installed different accessories. For whatever reason, not too much in this case.
If “split personality” is recognized has having a strong impact on social and professional human behavior, no risk that this bike by itself will behave on the road in opposite manners, except if its rider decide to handle it such a way. A frequent occurrence for all of us going from gentle to aggressive riding in a split of a second. That you like or not the adopted theme – imagine it with the paint job of your choice – this project was completed with very nice parts. Tech sheet below. Built by Harley Factory Frankfurt for Jekyll & Hyde. (photography Frank Sander for Cyril Huze)