This bike is centered around those, like myself, that served in Vietnam. This is my tribute to them.
The main focal point of this bike is the fairing. The overall tribute is to the 53,318 names (and still adding) on the Vietnam Memorial. To many of us, it’s just the Wall !! The Wall is like the final resting place for so many that gave so much. The military honors their fallen with a bugler blowing TAPS.
I have built several Patriotic bikes and all were built to honor the men and women serving or have served in our military. I’m prior military, a Vietnam vet and now retired. I built these bikes for no other reason than to show my respect for the people that fought and died for our country. Each bike recognizes and acknowledges those that paid the ultimate price.
The last and my final build is a theme very close to my soul. Again, all my builds honor and respect all service men and women of all branches.
Each part of the bike has a meaning. It’s common knowledge the Vietnam era was a troubled time for this country. It’s what I refer to as a black period in history. This period was made up of the protests, burning draft cards, leaving the country to dodge the draft, and the treatment of the vets as they returned. My statement by this theme is in no way meant to be political. It is what it is. This is history.
The bike is accented in black to notate this Black Period. The black hiway bars, the headlight shade, the cow bells, air cleaner, horn cover and 10″ raised handlebars.
As I was designing the bike it was my desire to have the back look as though a flag was draped over the back. As a flag would be draped over a coffin. This in a way was my trade mark and a small gesture to acknowledge all that returned in a flag draped coffin.
To farther my dedication to the fallen, I choose to have the Fallen Soldier symbol on the fairing.
In some cultures, it is written that the butterfly is a creature of peace and understanding. As the years have passed, so has the Black Period. Many now understand and many are now at peace. I chose the Butterfly for my own peace and understanding.
Another symbolic gesture I felt fit the theme of this piece of art is the rose. Eternally, the rose has represented love and forgiveness.
Again, it lays on a pedestal of black.
I get a lot of very positive comments. Everything from an artist view point to handshakes and Thank You(s).