You see some weird shit now and again, and this one is in the red. English interior designer, Barrend Massow built a panther shaped motorcycle. I totally recognize the effort and amount of work a project like this must have demanded. I more than respect the ability to take a crazy idea to a finished product. But still…
Looking at it from an artistic perspective, I’m pretty sure I would think it was cool if I saw it at a pop-art exhibition. Even despite the fact that it reminds me of a cat shaped porcelain lavatory brush holder my mom has. But considering it a custom motorcycle, it falls right into the category of concept bikes that I
absolutely hate don’t care much for.
Call me conservative, but I’m not a big fan of vehicles that looks like something. Example: Remember the car they have in Dumb and dumber that looks like a dog. That’s what I’m talking about. Also some guy built a motorcycle looking like a cow once, calling it a cow-asaki or what ever. Things like that sort of clash with me. Even vehicle parts that looks like something I’m having a hard time with. Headlights for an example, skull shaped, viking helmet shaped, alien shaped and what not.
I understand it from an advertising perspective. It attracts attention no doubt about it. But then again that falls more into the art department. I would be the first to drive around an over-sized lavatory brush holder with a v-twin engine at a interior design convention. But I would never take it to a motorcycle show calling it a custom motorcycle. Some people would, and that’s fine by me. You can’t please them all.