Smoking Seagulls single out IMS

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When we first told you about the Smoking Seagulls Singles, we were operating under a bit of disinformation. It turns out that the bikes were created by the Smoking Seagulls, a loose collective of oddball motorcycle aficionados of which Roland Sands is a part. While he created the CR500 streetfighter, the Honda XR was built by Thor Drake and the YZF was built by Drake McElroy. The three bikes were commissioned to be a part of the Architects of Inspiration exhibit that’s currently traveling with the International Motorcycle Show.
Now that we have better, non-cell phone shots we’re liking these three
bikes even more. Of particular note are the hand-drawn sharpie graphics
on Roland’s CR, the classic lines of Thor’s XR, and the combination of
brand-new high-end components with beaten, battered old stuff and
handmade leather features. All three are refreshingly rough and ready
to be ridden and crashed. We’d like to see that on more one-off bikes.

*One day, we’ll manage to talk these guys into letting us take some
decent pictures of these bikes or at least attempting to do so
themselves, until then, these are the best shots we have.

  • VengefulV

    Light, agile, beautiful and rugged. What more?

  • Tanshanomi

    I am very conflicted about Roland Sands’s work. I love all of them from a conceptual standpoint, but the execution always seems a bit “off” to me. On his CR500, the license plate haphazardly tucked up under the seat, the bullet turn signals attached to the bottom of the swingarm, and the Red Bull catch can all say “neighborhood grease-monkey,” not “world-class fabricator.”

    • nick2ny

      That bike is world-class even if the license plate is in a funny place. The execution is part of the concept!

  • Dan

    Tanshanomi: You are completely missing the point of these bikes. Do you honestly think that Sands just couldn’t find a proper catch can other than a Red Bull can? He probably could have machined the finest thing you’ve ever seen out of Ergal or some other silliness, but then that wouldn’t have been proper for the design language these bikes are speaking. These machines fall into the same catagory as the ever popular rat rod movement here in the States. They build cars cheaply that look like they have been rotting in a field for fifty years, but are safe and perform exceedingly better than their looks belie. Not everything needs to look like a $1,000,000 piece of garage jewelry to be considered a fantastic custom. These bikes are meant to be ridden and thrown down the road if necesary.

  • Greg

    I like them and after I’m done with myCB400F cafe project I plan on getting a XR650L and doing something similar to it. I want to make a rat rod,dirt bike, vintage race bike to fit the terrain I have ride. Bumpy, potholed, dirty city streets.

  • Moldy

    Dan since when are Rat Rods safe. I have seen some of the crappiest welds on I have ever seen on Rat Rods.