I’m a big fan of Retro-Futuristic design. Maybe that’s why some of the better Steam Punk designs appeal to me. I don’t mean the stuff that’s just hot-gluing old watch gears onto some leather or carrying a toy ray-gun around in an old-western holster. I want art that can actually be part of our daily lives. To paraphrase a better writer than I, Life Should Be Art. However, it shouldn’t just look cool or pretty, our tools, houses, and transportation can be practical, well-engineered, and well-made. Things that are crafted by hand from good materials tend to be better thought out, have individual character, and have the quality of an heirloom.
Some mass-produced things are still pretty cool and it’s not always practical or affordable for us, in the modern rat-race, to make or have made, everything in our lives. In this direction, I have noticed quite a few Makers repurposing or redesigning their possessions. In other words, “hacking” the designs of others.
While looking for images of old scooters last night, I came across these amazing guys in Japan who took a pretty average-looking Honda scooter that looked like this:
and tore it down to the essentials before rebuilding it into this classy ride:
It is such a cool, yet realistic design, my first impression was that this was a 1930s or 40s scooter rebuilt.
Here’s another shot:
And it’s final color!
Click on the image above to have a look at their tear-down and build. There’s a lot of pages but it’s a well-documented process.