Cruiser/Café Racer Style (Desktop Paperweight)

My passion for high performance vehicles has always been at the forefront of my academic ambition. I have always pictured myself in the automotive motorsports industry: Formula 1, Moto GP, and the likes. Mechanical Engineering is something that embodies that. When I think of Mechanical Engineering down to its core, I think of nuts and bolts. I drew my inspiration for this project from that very foundation and decided to create a metal sculpture of a motorcycle made out of various assortments of machine bolts, screws, and fasteners. What I like about this aesthetic is the raw, stripped down version of the complexity of powersports. I grew up riding dirt bikes in the desert of Jawbone Canyon California. I got my first very own dirt bike when I turned 10: a little Honda 70 CRF which I have very core memories taking weekend riding trips with my dad and brother. At 19 I bought my first motorcycle, a Kawasaki Ninja 650. Not only a thrill, but a passion from which I have very fond memories. This mini model will be a gift for my father as a dedication to his support throughout my education and introducing me to the world of engineering, art, and motorcycles. The idea is a cruiser/café racer style desktop paperweight.

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  • I really like the idea of a modular or moving replica. I think with how small scale it is and the fact I decided to use super glue, it will be hard to incorporate. My goal is to at least have it be stable. I might try to incorporate springs to make it look like it has suspension but it wont actually move. I’ve been doing some scrap tests to see how well the screws hold up with super glue! Thanks for the input guys

  • Sweet, this is gonna be cool. I’d like to see the chopper version. Moving pieces would be nice, but having it be modular would be crazy, detachable gas tank etc.

  • Elvin Chateauvert
    February 12, 2023 1:47 pm

    I love the idea, Nuts and Bolts are what hold every modern invention together and what better way to make a model than with those very pieces. I’m a fan of café racers and can’t wait to see the final product. Will you incorporate any moving pieces such as a chain or wheels?


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