Custom: Pangea Speed Zion Express

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“The bike was originally going to be called ‘the transient’ with a bunch of hand painted homeless dudes painted on a super narrow stretched tank,” says Andy Carter from Pangea Speed.  “After staring at it for a long time I started to change my mind on it and want to do something a little more out there. I started sketching some wild looking stuff, this is what I came up with.”

Wild is right. The Zion Express blows the archetypal chopper formula out of the water by juxtaposing art deco bodywork with traditionally narrow, stretched proportions. This is Andy’s personal bike and, yes, he does ride it.

“I like to call it a mans bike, continues Andy. “14-inch-wide bars, foot clutch, hand shift, no front brake. It’s a wild ride but when you get it rollin, you feel like you are surfing or something. I actually just built some lower/wider bars for it because it wouldn’t fit in my van with those on it.”

“I am really into art deco, streamliner trains and coach built speedsters of the ‘30s-40s, so I wanted to build a bike that kind of incorporated elements of all of these things. I also had been wanting to cut the transmission off of an iron head for a long time so this was a good project to do that on.”

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“I wanted to do a Harley because I really didn’t have much experience with H.D. platforms at this point. I wanted a bike that was fun to ride longer distances on and that was a little more chopperish. I basically just started throwing parts in a pile in the corner of the shop.  After a while, I had a motor, trans, front end, tank, fender. Since it is my personal bike I would just work on it at night, there were a lot of late nights.”

“We like to ride a lot out here in Salt Lake City, since we are 700 miles from everything it makes for some long days riding. Remember the original name ‘the transient.’ Well, I wanted to have something you could strap some gear to when you hit the road. If you look at the way the sissy and flat topped fender work it forms a nice shelf on the back for packing gear.”

“Can’t wait to ride the shit out of this thing this summer! That’s what they are for right? Whats the point of having a motorcycle if you don’t ride it?”

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  • Kevin

    Those bars look like they came off the Schwinn I had when I was 10.

  • KP

    I like this one. Art deco influences typically lead to a meaty, unrideable hunk of lookatmydick. Tastefully avoided, here.

    Form seems to have trumped function on the handlebars and gas tank. I’d imagine riding ‘the shit out of’ her would involve frequent fill-ups. Still though, it’s badical. Good stuff.

    • Eric

      Part 1 of your comment just might be my favorite thing ever. I simply must work the noun “lookatmydick” into my everyday vocabulary.

  • Deryl

    Raymond Loewy would have loved this guy

    • zipp4

      Fellow I.D. nerd?

  • jeb

    i dig it

  • Sean Smith

    Me likey. I wonder what an art deco sportbike would look like?

    • Ceolwulf

      A Ducati 999?

  • Coreyvwc

    It looks like the offspring of an old Mercury lead sled and a 1950′s toaster, that’s not a bad thing. Love the wood grain details.

  • Ed

    It looks like William Joyce’s chopper! Love the headlight “face.”

  • slash5alive

    That front fairing looks like an old plastic kiddy booster seat.

  • Mattro

    my thumb. it’s up.

    • Emmet

      that’s not the only body part that’s up…

  • gino

    looks like a piece of crap sorry

  • motoguru

    Way cool to see this machine posted here! Andy is one of the raddest dudes I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. The amount of creativity, skill, fabrication, and imagination he put into this bike is insane.

  • Michael

    Come on. Just come on. No freakin way are those 700-mile or any-other-large-number-of-miles riding days handlebars. Maybe if you have some kind of freakishly narrow shoulders?

    Some day, maybe, will bikes with actually comfortable, useful handlebars ever be ‘cool’ again? Or is like super high heels for chicks? Personally I like both girls and handlebars I can conmfortably grab onto and use like God intended.

  • adrian

    I like it…it reminds me of an 80′s can opener and a sewing machine.

  • Ben

    Wait. I thought chopper hipsters were trying to hard to get AWAY from the garish theme bikes that ruined their “scene” 10 years ago. What goes around comes around I guess, bring on the flash gordon theme bike.

  • Barry

    Ditch the headlight fairing, and okay. Looks like he grabbed a plastic bin from his storage closet, chopped it up, and put some Pep Boys fog lights in it. Sorta has that art deco train look to it(not a terrible thing), but looks too much like a parts bin in that area. Tank, sissy bar, and general proportions are nice. Even the tail piece would work if he’d carried the line of the bike’s frame and tail up to the headlight. Could be made to work out I think, just lacks flow.

  • todd

    Looks okay.

    riding with that seat? the bars? no thanks

    why would you want to log miles and be so uncomfortable? I really dont get the “look at me”

    and anything without fenders loses major functionality and is OUT in my opinion.

  • Michael

    Kinda reminds me of Wall-E

  • whoisthor

    trying new stuff takes guts, great job.

  • Keith

    However, no front brake? Really!?!
    I know how poorly my rear brake slows down a fairly heavy touring bike.
    Not only a bad idea but can it be legally road driven?

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