With many catalogs jam-packed with a multitude of parts, it’s easy to create a custom motorcycle built from off-the-shelf parts. Picking up a frame from here, wheels from there, this guy’s motor, and that guy’s sheetmetal, it is possible to build a unique-looking custom motorcycle. But, if you want to have a bike that is truly one-of-a-kind, why not have custom sheetmetal created for your bike? From the most prominent gas tank to a finely detailed filler panel, there’s no better way to set your bike apart from the rest than having sheetmetal created specifically for it.
We recently had the opportunity to photograph one of the premier metalsmiths of our time, Mr. Ron Covell, as he created a truly unique, custom canted gas tank. The tank is just one piece of sheetmetal Ron would build for Darin Rock’s custom-built bike, “Twisted.” Darin designed the entire motorcycle with a 3-D modeling program on his computer.
Once the design was finalized (did we mention the chassis and drivetrain were built by Arlen Ness?), Darin supplied Ron with the slices, or cross-sectional views and dimensions of the tank. That was all the information Ron needed to begin building the tank. With print in hand, Ron headed off to the shop — read on and see just how he is able to create the wild shapes he is so well known for.