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The Killer: A front wheel drive motorcycle from Rodsmith The Killer: A front wheel drive motorcycle from Rodsmith

The Killer: A front wheel drive motorcycle from Rodsmith






The concept of the patron is well established in the world of art. Charles Saatchi is almost a household name in the UK, but before him we had New Yorker Peggy Guggenheim?who anchored the careers of Pollock and Rothko.
Parallels are now edging into the modern custom motorcycle scene, and one of the leading lights is Bobby Haas of the Haas Moto Museum in Dallas.

Bobby has built up a collection of 130-plus extraordinary motorcycles, and occasionally commissions them too. Hazan is one of his protégés; Craig Rodsmith is another, and his incredible front wheel drive motorcycle is the latest resident of the hallowed halls.
It?s a classic story of patron and artist working in tandem, and begins when Bobby was suffering from a bout of insomnia while visiting the Handbuilt Show in Austin, Texas last year.

?After a sleepless night, I started surfing the net,? he tells us. ?I came across grainy photographs of an Art Deco bike concocted by a group of German engineers in the 1930s.? It was the Killinger und Freund machine built between the wars in Munich.
Bobby immediately thought of Craig Rodsmith?and texted the US-based Australian expat at 3:00am. They met in the lobby of the hotel Bobby was staying in?but Craig wasn?t immediately convinced.

?When I proposed the idea of using this German contraption as the inspiration for a custom build, I could see the doubt in Craig?s eyes,? says Bobby. ?Which was why I knew that Craig was the right person to execute this vision.?
Craig admits that he was less than enthusiastic.
?At first, I was intimidated,? he says. ?I thought he’d chosen the wrong man for the job. But Bobby believed the bodywork had ?me? written all over it, and should be done in polished aluminum.?
It didn’t stop there. The bike was also to be front wheel drive, with a radial engine inside the front wheel. But Craig agreed to the project, thinking he could just buy a radial engine online and adapt it.

?Well, as it happens, they are not exactly readily available,? Craig says. ?So I decided I’d make my own. How hard can it be"?
He located three identical 60 cc two-stroke engines. ?I whittled them down and made a unified crankcase,? he reveals. ?Although they?re really three individual cases combined.?

?Then I had to determine the wheel size. With a little coaxing, I managed to get the engine inside a 19″ rim. I needed a pair of blank and undrilled wide aluminum rims, so I turned to Matt Carroll.?
?He?s an encyclopedia of wheel knowledge and got me a set of 3½ by 19 inch rims with a shallow center, to give a little more room.? Incidentally, the front wheel is unique because it can only have spokes on one side?so the fuel lines and control cables can run unimpeded.

Conventional motorcycle engineering obviously does not apply here. After all, the front axle needs to rotate and support the engine, and also drive the front wheel.
?Another problem was how to start it,? says Craig. ?So I made an electric st...
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