gallery shows

bespoke: works by “copper” mike cole

by Amy Azzarito

I think I can probably count on one hand the number of times that I’ve actually been on a motorcycle, and I’ve never even seen Easy Rider (or any of the other biker movies in the list on Wikipedia. Yes. I checked.). So let’s be honest here. I went to this exhibition because it had the word bespoke in the title, and I’ll pretty much turn out to see anything custom or handmade. So I braved the NYC heat to visit P.J.S Exhibitions. Mike Cole uses mainly vintage Harley Davidson motors and then builds his bikes from the ground up, adding finishes like platinum leaf, blown glass, leather and hammered copper. And while I’m not sure that I’m ready for a restored Harley, I was eying Mike’s limited edition copper dog tags. — Amy A.

Image above: “Intolerance” was inspired by Cole’s travels throughout Spain, Italy and France. The bike includes details like a handblown glass gas cap and a handmade copper-plated oil bag with mosaic glass detailing.

Image above: Limited edition signature “Copper Mike” dog tags, $100. Keep these polished or let a natural patina develop. ( Email info at pjs-exhibitions dot com to purchase.)

Image above: A 1966 Harley Davidson with Mike Cole touches, such as a hand shifter adorned with an antique doorknob and Cole’s signature handlebars.

More bespoke motorcycles after the jump . . .

Image above: This bike, named Steampunk, was inspired by Cole’s travels across the United States, antiquing and seeking out unique flea markets. The rear fender was handmade from an anique copper fire extinguisher, and antique submarine lights were used as headlights and taillights.

Image above: This is the first motorcycle that Mike Cole designed and built under the auspices of Gravesend Cycles. It features a gilded platinum leafed frame, a 24 kt gold-plated gas cap and a gold starter button.

Image above: 1960s vintage Schwinn bicycle with custom leather seats and detailing.

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