|This stunningly dramatic Royal Enfield cafe racer remembers its heritage.|
And then he turned it into a work of art.
The stunning custom you see in the beautiful photos here is that very Royal Enfield Interceptor.
He calls it "Gunner" and it does have a mighty and masculine look. But how it came to look like this is a real Cinderella story.
Which Giordano tells in a book he's written about how he builds motorcycles. The book is entitled "I Don't Build Motorcycles."
|The "Gunner" abounds in simplicity. The details add instead of distracting.|
See the bottle opener?
In "I Don't Build Motorcycles" Giordano argues that building motorcycles is not about mechanics.
His book emphasizes feeling, seeing and believing in yourself to bring to life what you have in your mind's eye.
|The Gunner: Has a chain guard ever contributed so much to a design?|
The battery box was pieced together from six cigar boxes.
"Remember, a well-designed motorcycle is a work of art. (However, a poorly designed motorcycle is still better than a well-designed copy machine.)"
Giordano owns two motorcycle exhaust companies, Von Braun Exhaust and Tailgunner Moto Exhaust in West Tisbury, Mass. He knows a lot about motorcycles but even he wasn't sure what he had after pulling the filthy Royal Enfield motorcycle off the back of a truck.
|1968 Royal Enfield as found under a heap of scrap.|
Giordano would end up working on the Royal Enfield for eight months before he began creating anything. But, when he did begin building, the motorcycle he wanted already existed in his mind and he knew how to build it, he writes.
|Offset gauges, brass Time/Machinest clock handmade by Charles' brother Cal.|
But it wasn't magical, not originally. In fact it was "bloody awful" and needed more work to make it run right.
And, finally, it did.
"I like this bike a lot" is Giordano's verdict. I do too.
|Hardcover $64.99; ebook $5.99; instant pdf $7.99.|
It's a beautifully illustrated book and available as a hardcover, ebook or pdf. I bought the ebook and enjoyed it. Full disclosure: I'm quoted in the book but I have no other connection to it or Giordano.
|Tailgunner Gatling gun exhausts, created for Harleys, look great on this Royal Enfield Interceptor.|