Art On Wheels

Hazan2Hazan3Hazan4Hazan1For Max Hazan of Brooklyn based Hazan Motorworks, motorcycles are an artistic medium. “I approach the process if it were a painting or sculpture, each part being the same as a brushstroke…”, he likes to repeat. So, some are going to admire this superb rolling piece of art. Others are going to state that it’s a failed motorcycle because even if you can ride it, it will not be for very long time with each bump on the road kicking your nuts…

Hazan8Hazan7A motocross accident letting him immobilized for a few months staring at a beach cruiser bicycle gave him the idea to build his first motorcycle. Let’s put an engine in it, he thought, until he realized that it was way too much power for a bicycle-conceived frame… Now in its fourth motorcycle project, he learned quite a few things about what can or not sustain torque and speed. But he is still faithful to a style reminiscent of last century’s first motorcycles, bicycles powered by an engine. Like many custom builders do it, he starts his creative process after first choosing an engine whose aesthetic qualities are pleasing him, and this whatever the rebuilt work that has to be done to make it run properly. A set of 1920’s car tires (31″ front, 30″ rear) he came across were the spark to inspire the project featured here.

Hazan6Whatever you think of this bike, it takes great imagination and serious fabrication skills to re-birth a Harley Ironhead in a bodywork so fluid, with so few parts thought and fabricated as pieces of pure metal art. A hand-formed or cast tedious process that only perfectionists can endure. The gas tank you are looking at is his third version, the throttle and choke linkage his second, etc… No compromise here. Each part looks exactly how he wanted and fits the way it should.

Main features of this custom Ironhead are: a skinny and elegant steel tubing frame (7/8″ and 1″) housing the oil, wiring and some electrical components. Suspension is quite original with a dual spring setup under the fuel tank and another one just behind the headlight. Bike is electric with lithium battery hidden inside the long gas tank whose capacity is 1.5 gallon. Repurposed parts include a shift linkage made from a truck leaf on which is fitted a porcelain door knob and a frosted shot glass used as the taillight cover. Hazan Motorworks (photography @ David Cook)


21 Responses to “Art On Wheels”

  1. 1 Jay Horton's Private Shop Oct 21st, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Great stance. That old Ironhead is the perfect motor for this scoot. Lots of neat details scattered throughout this bike. Great work. Best. Later Jay

  2. 2 Will Oct 21st, 2013 at 8:33 am

    I actually quite like the look but for me, art will always come second to ride-ability – every time.

  3. 3 Dale Oct 21st, 2013 at 8:52 am

    She’s a beauty

  4. 4 CHOPMONSTER66 Oct 21st, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Very nice . best use of an Ironhead that I have seen in a long time. Beautiful lines and very sanitary . Just what you need and nothing else. Great job !!!

  5. 5 The Vintagent Oct 21st, 2013 at 9:03 am

    When I saw the dirty iron Sportster lump on his workbench, I thought, oh man, what’s he going to do with THAT disaster. Max has far exceeded expectations with his new bike, and it’s getting all the attention it deserves. Great job, and keep it up!

  6. 6 Darin Maltsberger - Instructor@MTI Oct 21st, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Awesome bike! I like the lines and the way it flows. Showed this to the class this morning. Great use of an old Ironhead. Be proud of your work…….it is amazing.

  7. 7 Terence Tory Oct 21st, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I bike that is not ridden is not a motorcycle,it is merely an ornament for the idle rich.

    He could have always just bought a Brough-Superior.

  8. 8 Sam Stooges Chopers Oct 21st, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    love love love this bike this is the way to go I just want to ride it look at it with a beer and ride it some more a true Motor Cycle.

  9. 9 Dave Blevins Oct 21st, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    A nice looking cycle, love the “Vincent” like exhaust.

  10. 10 nicker Oct 21st, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    A front head in back makes the rear exhaust port a challenge at best.
    “Vincent style” pipe (squashed flat) is about the only solution….

    But “the look” is way cool……. 🙂


  11. 11 calif phil Oct 22nd, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Amazing craftsmanship.

  12. 12 krugger Oct 22nd, 2013 at 7:50 am

    This is a real pleasure to see a bike like this…

    Very tastefull, a lot of fresh idea, tin tube, narrow style, well proportionned, …. and more, and more!!

    This is beautifull!

    Congratulation !!!!

  13. 13 Drew Oct 22nd, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Twin carb Ironhead…Like It!!
    Fine example of the “Less is More” theory.

  14. 14 Terence Tory Oct 22nd, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Drew,”Less” knowledge in making a stable and strong rigid motorcycle frame is not minimalism,its ignorance.”Less is more” only works with learned knowledge applied sparingly to real materials.

    The rear wheels axle hangs in there with no reinforcing plates and only a few inches of weld.How? and for how long?

  15. 15 REV.JIM Oct 22nd, 2013 at 8:55 am

    It’s cool to look at . but if you cant ride em why bother? The challenge should be to build fast, reliable, rideable Art!

  16. 16 david uhl Oct 22nd, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    excellent, would make a grew painting.

  17. 17 Nobody Oct 23rd, 2013 at 12:28 am

    Looks neat but falls square into the Motorcycle Shaped Art Object neighborhood

  18. 18 Steve The Producer Johann Oct 23rd, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Did someone say look like art? That’s the idea here. As the article points out he is an artist thus he created rideable art.

    Great bike

  19. 19 dmj Oct 24th, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Rideable art. I like it. One of the best seen here. What if something like this was availbe as a kit for the DYI motor crowd? Just a thought.

  20. 20 Terence Tory Oct 24th, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    dmj: “What if something like this was availbe as a kit for the DYI motor crowd?” The answer is two thirds would never be completed and the ones that did “get finished” would be dangerous junk and hurt people.

    I you want art go gaze at a Picasso or Monet.

  21. 21 John E Adams Oct 26th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Magnificent work Max! Some beautiful stuff over on your site as well!

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