Madonna-NYC: the story
gentleman from NYC approached me about building a bike.
A "Standard" streettracker
with a Sportster motor. We had several conversations about the details
and as it turned out, he wanted the bike to be as black and white as possible.
Literally! As in, no color! It
seems that he worked as a world class fashion photographer and black and
white is his favorite medium. He had done a recent photo shoot of Madonna
for Vanity Fair magazine, hence everytime there was talk about the bike
in the garage or anywhere else, the project was always referred to as the "Madonna bike". When you've got
a lot of projects going at the same time, you have to identify them somehow!
I worked at making everything black or shiny. In fact this bike is the only
bike I've ever built where I had something chromed. That would be the shock
spring on the Penske monoshock, which in fact was also special in that the
upper shock head was silver anodized instead of the normal gold color. The
white on the tank and seat is a pure white and what appear to be stickers are
yet, more of the fine work of Dennis Wells!
originally had a fiberglass tank mounted(and painted), to attain the smmoth
sides, but pump gas in this day and age is pretty tough on resins. Well, what
turned into an absolute tuning nightmare, was the result of resin "goo" going
through the carb. it was transparent in it's job of plugging up the jetting!
A sleeper cell! So, an aluminum replacement tank was built, fitted and painted,
complete with more airbrushed stickers.
In the end, the only colored parts(red), on the bike were the buttons on the