This Custom Motorcycle is a Rolling Tribute to Hunter S. Thompson

The Death Machines of London bike is dedicated to the gonzo legend’s love of all things fast.



The first thing you should know about this evil-looking custom bike from Death Machines of London is that the following quotation is engraved on the fuel tank: “Faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death.” 

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The author, of course, is Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas author and godfather of Gonzo journalism, whose love of guns and drugs was equalled only by his passion for motorcycles. Very, very fast ones.


The bike is called the UYC – for “Up Yours, Copper,” a sentiment the good doctor also shared. It began life as Thruxton 900i from Triumph, one of Thompson’s favorite motorcyle brands.


That was just the beginning, however, as various bits and pieces were culled for the machine, including most interestingly ther electrics from a World War II Supermarine Spitfire fighter jet.


Added to that custom designed injection caps, Harley-style rims, copper trim on the wheels, a grained wooden saddle, leather strapping on the tank, and more.


And for the final touch a two-tone paintjob primarily in a satin black finish that unifies the diverse parts and pieces into something damned fast and fine-looking that we think HST would have gladly thrown a leg over.

H/T: HiSnobiety