‘The most beautiful, but most dangerous machine’

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From filmmaker Seth C. Brown, we have the story of an artist creating his own take on a vintage BMW. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that danger appears to be in the skill of the creator, but this is more about a philosophy on life than it is simply a custom bike.

  • Glenngineer

    Love the saddle.

  • Chris

    that was very well made, told a compelling story, was filmed & edited well, and the bike was fucking sick. Bravo.

  • mchale2020

    In regards to the man’s philosophy about buying a sport bike, I can associate with his mentality but one thing to consider is that riding a bike well is an art form in itself that takes a lot of time and patience to cultivate. Really, buying any kind of bike just to own satisfies the conditions he speaks of, but to take on the challenge of improving your own abilities shares a similar wavelength to taking the time to develop the skill to build a motorcycle, except that you are investing that effort into yourself directly and even fewer people will be able to relate to you.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler


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    • Coreyvwc

      Dude, yes.

    • Coreyvwc

      This is really an amazing little bit of film, thank you so much for sharing this HFL! – Guy who works with his hands.

  • Sledgecrowbar

    I got misty-eyed. This story restored my faith in HFL.

  • Ray

    Maine winters.

    I saw this bike last summer at the vintage motorcycle show at the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum near Rockland, ME, which by the way, is a terrific destination year-round. I subsequently heard the museum, which houses all sorts of rare early motor vehicles and aircraft, had purchased the bike. It should be on view there soon, if not now.

  • http://www.BrewSmith.com.au dux [87 CBR600, 95 XR600R]

    Just as I was thinking about upgrading from the old CBR…

    • http://twitter.com/metabomber Jesse

      Ride (and subsequently, wrench on) old sportsbikes, live forever.

  • David Howland

    I really loved this.. like unnaturally loved this film.

    Just sat down to catch up after I missed it yesterday. It just so happens that I had one of the most unpleasant motorcycling experiences this morning. Long story short: inattentive SUV driver merged into my lane, I used the throttle to get past him (but not before getting close enough to touch the elbow of my jacket to his car while covering the clutch). Immediately after avoiding the still-merging SUV I was pulled over and given a speeding ticket. Threatened with being arrested over explaining my story.

    I got off the bike frustrated and angry with the desire to get back in my “go ahead and hit me” car.

    A short video later and I’m reminded why I ride. Why I love this, and why I’ll get right back on the bike and enjoy the heck out of going home. Why I wave to anyone else on two wheels and why even the motorcycle cops in my town wave back. No one I talk to refers to “their motorcycle” like most people refer to “their car” as an appliance. They ride a KTM that had carb trouble until their buddy came over last week and helped them get the jetting right. Or they ride a CB350 until the BSA they’re in the middle of restoring is done and they find the right tank..

    Its all personal, its all so much more than transportation.

  • rncgray

    Beautifully shot – but don’t let this man near my electrics (it’s just like water in a pipe as the voice over says)…

  • Deltablues

    He had beautiful words for the art of working with our hands. Currently a pediatric nurse and ex-machinist, working with my hands has been a constant in my life even if the situations have changed dramatically. And some days when the stress of taking care my heart babies gets to me I just go out to my garage and work on my motorcycle…or ride.

  • daniel valdez

    Just became my favorite moto destination…HFL. Resplendent video…to say the least. And to the fellas in charge here—ye seem to be type of riders i’m missing in my life (no homo). Trying to share this site with other people and they just don’t get it. I gotta move out West, man..

  • Johndo

    Nicely done.

  • lemooreon@gmail.com

    Awesome videos and great writing. Thanks guys!

  • filly-fuzz