Okay, not your typical café bike. But how much more exhaust-pipe wrap can you take? And even the most die-hard ton-up boys would have to admit that Pangea Speed’s “SpeedMaster” is one of the more compelling, if a little strange, speed-inspired custom bikes ever.
Builder Andy Carter began with a 2008 Triumph Bonneville powerplant and simple instructions from the man who commissioned the machine, Bret Walton: “He told me to build the wildest bike I could think of.”
Mission accomplished. The frame was 100-percent handcrafted in Pangea’s Salt Lake City shop, tubes brazed into sculpted lugs, the construction method most common during the era Carter was aiming to echo with the build.
Same with the front end: “Girder forks were very popular in the early years of motorcycle design and actually provide far less change in trail measurements than a springer or a telescopic fork,” says Carter. “The fork blades were CNC-machined and then hand-worked to have a more organic look.”
The only truly vintage bits are the wheels, a 21-inch Triumph TR5T front and an 18-inch rear from a ’71 Bonneville.
What inspires this 27-year-old who grew up in his parents’ proto- typing shop and has worked on Le Mans and vintage Formula One cars? “I always try to look outside of what is going on in the custom motorcycle world and at what great designers in other facets of design are doing. I also enjoy looking at what people were doing in the early days of motorcycle building because there was so much experimentation going on that it lends your mind to thinking about the problem differently. But really, my family and friends are my biggest inspiration.”
Our advice? Keep it up.