They say ‘whenever a thing is done for the first time, it releases a little demon.’ For Death Machines of London, the little demon in their hearts and minds has reappeared, as the studio has just released their second custom-creation – ‘Up Yours Copper’.
Following in the successful tracks of their debut build, the Moto Guzzi Airtail, the London-based garage has released the latest concept resurrected from the remains of a 2007 Triumph Thruxton 900.
‘Up Yours Copper’, as the name suggests, is a pioneering piece of design from the burgeoning British garage who seek to redefine motorbike design as we know it. By first redeveloping the Moto Guzzi – notoriously the most challenging and iconic bike to take on – and secondly, through the mischievous, devilish and precise details of their latest bike.
The little demon has seemingly impacted on the name – ‘Up Yours Copper’ – but beyond the jovial name tag, the bike is a thoroughly impressive machine in its own right. For instance, the frame; finished in a deep coat of Beluga Black, was de-lugged, weld cleaned and extensively modified with an entirely new rear. The aesthetic makeover also extends into a full custom exhaust system that is perhaps the most inspiring aspect of the entire bike. Complete with ceramic coated pipes, a carbon fibre muffler, red light cluster and copper-plated nozzle, the exhaust elevates the bike to new, elegant heights.
But as mentioned before, the bike is built on details; and it is those small, considered details that lurk beneath, that make this vehicle so special. Beyond the Avon Trail Rider tyres and 1940 Supermarine Spitfire-inspired electrics, the bike features the classic quote: “Faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the speed of death", etched on the brass-engraved filter of the bike’s fuel tank.
As you would expect, the bike lives up to the cajoling quote as alongside the custom designed injection caps and Harley-style rims, the bike has benefitted from an extensive engine restoration, including the remodelling and uprating of the fuel pump system and injectors.
Take a closer look at the bike in the image gallery below and for further information, be sure to check out the Death Machines of London website.