Making the Falcon Kestrel

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This video provides a small insight into the level of craftsmanship that Ian Barry puts into each bike he builds. He prides himself on resurrecting lost arts like silver brazing to create bikes like the Falcon Kestrel. Watching this video, you can see that each part is meticulously crafted. It’s pure tool porn.

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  • damien

    sweet vid.

  • Glenngineer

    Silver brazing is not a lost art. You can buy the supplies in most hardware stores. Custom builders and their sycophants are as self congratulatory a lot as any I’ve ever seen.

    • Grive

      Pretty much.

      Other than the CNC-machined billet aluminum engine we see, this video doesn’t really display anything over the base level of care and craftsmanship one should have when building a high-risk product such as a motorcycle.

      Seriously. I’m not saying he sucks or that he doesn’t know what he’s doing (although if the words “lost art” are his, I am saying that), just that this video doesn’t display anything special.

      That said, I do like the video. It’s quite cool seeing things being manufactured in a shop.

    • mugget

      Silver brazing? Cool! I’m guessing that’s the same as brass brazing? I think that’s what the old H-D’s used? I only read about that recently, how they basically heated the casting and the pipe they want to join, then put brass on it and it just sucked the brass right into the gap, cools and hardens & Bob’s your unkle! Same with the silver I guess?

  • Mark D

    Good talking points when somebody asks why the proverbial be-sweatered balding advertising consultant has a motorcycle parked in his office.

  • Steve

    Silver brazing isn’t lost, my employees do it fairly often to attached carbide wear blocks to steel components.

    Maybe if you live in NY city or California then I can understand thinking that basic manufacturing techniques are “lost.” Here in Houston and other places such as Detroit and Chicago we still build things.

    Oh, and my shop is very well lit.

  • UrbanRider

    Wait, I thought we were Falcon haters?!

  • rohorn

    Nickel silver brazed my first motorcycle frame over 20 years ago – didn’t know how special it was…

  • seanslides

    The craftsmanship and skill it took to build that bike is is absolutely unbelievable. It’s too bad the bike wasn’t all that cool.

  • Anthony

    Nice video… to me it is art. Lost or not, I don’t really care!

  • jason

    This guy has raised reinventing the wheel to am art form. Honestly, I am surprised the tires aren’t made from rubber trees planted out back lovingly watered with pee Burt Monroe style. Looks like a corporate paperweight.

  • Andy Keech

    the CNC block is kinda cheating considering the level he pertains to take this to. Dan Smith of Vancouver BC has this guy licked by a country mile, good as he is.

  • matt

    Big deal. Glad there’s a market for this kind of one at a time work, but the dimly lit, arty custom builder thing is pretty tired, in both bicycles and motorcycles. Good lighting makes for good work, but’s not as authentic looking to the consumer who’s never built anything I suppose.
    Brazing can be tricky for sure, forming tubes takes know how also. But these are techniques, not art. A brushstroke is a technique no matter how great it is. Art is what you make with a pile of brushstrokes. And this bike, well, I suppose it would appeal to the guy who ordered it with an open face helmet painted to match.

  • Ducky

    The CNC machine is pretty cool, with self tooling changes and a CMM function as well! I get what the commercial is getting at (craftsmanship), but this is something you would expect most bike builders use.

    Or at least, that’s what I thought until I realized that many shops still don’t use any form of 3D modelling/CNC milling.

  • Lawrence

    I don’t see him saying that he’s performing a lost art, I see him him designing a bike, building a frame, creating his own cylinders, and putting out a video that’s a nice change from the tired old studio lit, tough guy thing. Comes across to me like it’s portraying imagination, rather than cliched, in your face custom builder self congratulatory bs. What’s there to hate?

  • damien

    To the people complaining about the “dimly lit shop”…really?

    It seems pretty clear that it was an aesthetic choice for the video. If they wanted to make a how-to video for all the tech-heads, I’m sure the lights would have been turned up.

  • Mark

    Yeah, um, in Ian’s limited defense… I was just in his shop and I have to say it is _conspicuously_ well-lit.