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Motorcycle Monstrocities #2: The Iron Death Bone Bike

John Holt built this bike. Back in the day when he was 38, the self-taught metal bender who, 10 years before this, designed and built suits of armor that was sold at Sotheby’s auction house in New York City. He also makes custom metal parts, including weights for tractors and decorative items for tables. So why would Holt want to create the Bone Bike, which tops a rider out at 90 miles an hour on an aluminum seat that (mercifully) has springs but that doesn’t contain padding?

“I wanted something different”, he said.

“I wanted something different”

Oooh, look at them pearly whites all a-grinning. The details are awesome though.
Oooh, look at them pearly whites all a-grinning. The details are awesome though.

 

The virtually all-handmade bike he built in the basement shop of his Boone County, Illinois, home looks like a human skeleton, but bigger. It would be 9ft 2in  tall if it stood erect. The skeleton has headlights for eye sockets and a full set of 32 teeth in its genial jaws. Holt took 22 months to build the Bone Bike, fashioning it after a plastic model of a skeleton he bought at a hobby shop.

 

Another look from the other side. Observe the fingerbones. How clever.
Another look from the other side. Observe the fingerbones. How clever.

 

The Bone Bikes is actually quite a mean speed monster. The seat may not be padded but Holt rode it to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota and won third place in the “Rat’s Hole” competition.  So there you go…Death Rider in real life. Words and pics from Graphic Design Basics.

 

 

 

Same concept but without the motorised power.

It’s Skeletor Again, But This Time It’s A Bicycle!

Nevermind the bones, this bicycle looks sporty. Look at the contours and the details like the handbones holding the front wheels. It’s an art piece called Bio-Cycle, and is made out of metal by Jud Turner. Does it remind you of the Terminator inspired endoskeletorised Arnold Schwarzenegger? But this bike wasn’t made for the movies or even for racing, it was made for admiration as any other piece of art. Information and pictures from Gizmodo and Jud Turner.

Get a grip of those hands!
Get a grip of those hands!

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