Lovely Art Deco Motorcycle



O. Ray Courtney was a designer from the 1930s-1950s who applied Art Deco stylistic principles to motorcycles. Pictured above is a 1936 motorcycle that he built in that style from a 1930 Henderson, carefully restored by its owner, Frank Westfall. You can view more pictures of this beauty at the link.

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So what if it's unpractical. Just look at it. The craftsmanship, the work, the LOVE that has gone into it... Worth buying for looks alone.
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Oh dear. Why were there so many people back then, particularly in the USA, who felt that the one thing that would improve the motorcycle would be to add bodywork like a car.

Want a car? Get a car. They do being a car so much better than a motorcycle does. On the other hand bodywork like this adds so many disadvantages to a motorcycle it's pointless.

Yes, it's very pretty as a museum or even art gallery exhibit, but a mode of transport it is not.
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