Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Form vs Function Rant

This rant is derived from my personal opinion of most custom motorcycles shows...

I'm all for artistic expression in the creation of ground up builds. In fact, I believe it is a critical aspect of developing ones style as a builder and craftsman.  But as a builder where do you draw the line between artistic form and engineered function?  It is my opinion that there is no line if the build is to be considered a motorcycle.  The artistic form of the build must absolutely follow the engineered function of a motorcycle... You have to build a bike first!!! If function is thrown out the window in lieu of artistic expression then we are simply visual artists constructing metal sculptures. If someone wants to construct a metal art piece that exaggerates the form of a motorcycle while departing from its function the way Pablo Picasso painted content while departing from visual form, then by all means misalign the wheels, build a frame with no downtubes, engrave every inch of metal, and leave the fluids out. Then, Stick it in an art gallery like MoMA (not a motorcycle show) and call it what it is. An impressionistic representation and an exaggeration in form... Go ahead and be an artist, but don't call yourself a builder if you cant build a bike that rides straight hands free at 100mph!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Dead At 19

FFC has been busy with some exciting changes... But we are ready to get back to doing what we love!!! Stay tuned, this bike is going to come together fast!!