“What the heck is that bike?”
Greetings, fellow motorcycle enthusiasts. I won’t bore you with my life story because you probably want to skip straight to the photos and ask “what the heck is that bike?” So here is the abridged version (feel free to skip ahead any time)
I’m Andy. I’m in my mid forties and happy as a pig in poo about it. I work pretty hard with amazing people in an amazing industry but no one at the Kommune gives a crap about that. It’s what you are into, when you show up with your mates and make magic with machines. That counts here. Personally, I like to chop stuff up. It’s not for everyone, but I dig it. Like a hole.
“It’s what you are into, when you show up with your mates and make magic with machines. That counts here.”
I learned to ride on a farm when I was 14. Bought my first bike at 18 (Suzuki GSX250) and had adventures riding the rubber off it with a bunch of great guys. I have had plenty of bikes since and plenty of near misses on them. Oh, and only one broken bone. I have built bobbers, cafes and wanna-be scramblers. I like them all, but have a soft spot for Kawasakis. It’s a thing. This is Phillip. Take one part Kawasaki 2003 Z1000 and twelve parts insanity, add ice and stir. He used to be called Black Guilt, but that’s a story for another time.
“I think my inspiration for Phillip came from thinking I wanted to be strapped to a rocket on wheels.”
I started building Phillip in 2014. That got parked for several months while I dealt with some personal stuff and then resumed when I had a solid plan together. He is still not complete. Phillip is a multi-cultural lad. Wheels from Japan, Headlight from Sweden, Exhaust from the UK and if it ever arrives, a tank from Germany (don’t ask). I think my inspiration for Phillip came from thinking I wanted to be strapped to a rocket on wheels. Totally out of control, but lulled into a false sense of security that you can handle it. Aggressive up front, like a Batman bike, yet sexy in the arse, like the girl I’m going to marry.
I think sometimes the toughest part of any project is starting. Taking the leap of faith and making that first exhilarating cut with the angle grinder. From there it’s pretty easy. When there is no going back, then going forward is the path of least resistance. Anywho, that’s enough from me for now. This project isn’t going to finish itself. This is just one story. There are plenty more. Enjoy. Andy.