title MC design and styling
customized Vincent motorcycle drawing
J. Randal (Randy) Montgomery
All designs, drawings and text copyright & copy 1962-2020 by the author/artist
you can contact me at RandyandRetreads@gmail.com

(updated Dec. 2018)

Greetings fellow bikers. This site focuses on custom styling concepts for big V twin cruisers (powered by Harley, Vincent, and modern Yamaha Road Star engines) and also on custom cruiser designs based on English motorcycles, and also a Ducati, of the 1965 to 1975 era. 

Here are also some pencil drawings (sketches) of mostly stock old Harleys, Indians, British, BMW and Honda Gold Wing motorcycles. I am proud to say that one of my sketches of a Harley Panhead was purchased to be the official logo of the Kickstand Lodge in North Carolina, a biker-friendly place to camp or cabin.

Custom art work available

If you like my large drawing belows, also see drawings #7, 25, 33 etc. and would like something similar of your bike:
Pencil drawings of your motorcycle on 8.5" X 11" paper. Send me a good photo and US$60 + $5 for postage and packaging = $65.00. If you aren't satisfied I will refund $30. email me if interested: randyandretreads@gmail.com 
PS makes a nice birthday or Xmas gift to a biker, allow enough time (3 weeks preferred)

Vee Power drawing of 1960's Harley no. 30
Drawing above is entitled "Vee Power" , below "1950 Hydraglide EL"

1950 Hydraglide EL


drawing of Harley Hydra-Glide bobber
Design #5 is entitled THUNDER VEE . This is basically a 1949-57 Hydra Glide with a Burman gearbox and English magneto. This beauty was ironically inspired by a ratty, oil soaked, hand-shift/foot clutch Hydra-Glide that broke down in front of where I was living in 1966. (The owner tried to sell it to me claiming he'd harmed the motor by going 100 mph in a 1/4 mile drag race. What a tall tale!)

drawing of Harley Panhead bobber decker
Design #10 is a Harley Hydra-Glide inspired bike which I call SWEET CHARIOT .

drawing of guy riding a red BSA Lightning

Drawing #11 is a typical late 1960's BSA like one I eventually owned. The rider is wearing a typical 1950's hat, like Marlon Brando rode in "The Wild One" movie. I wore one of these myself briefly before switching to a helmet after I almost ran my Matchless G-80S into a phone pole accelerating around a corner.

drawing of a very customized Harley 45
Design #13 is a Harley 45 inspired (the engine is not accurate and the tranny is British) bike which I call SUNSHINE SPECIAL .

drawing of Vincent engine powered Harley Indian decker bagger
Design #21 is the WALLACE ROAD CRUISER ,, named after Bob Wallace a high school pal who liked motorcycles. Yes, the portholes etc. are inspired by 1950's Buicks.

pencil sketch of 1961 Harley Duo-Glide panhead dresser bagger
Drawing #33 is a simple sketch of a Harley-Davidson DUO-GLIDE . The "Glide" referred to telescopically sprung and hydraulically dampened suspension, which had come out in 1949 on the front end of the Harley 61 and 74 CID panheads. Compared to the earlier springer front forks it really felt like you were gliding. So when telescopic-hydraulic suspension was added to the rear of the panheads in 1958, there were two sets of "glides", hence the "duo". Harley was on a par with the competition when it came out with the Glide forks in 1949, but it was by far the last company to offer rear suspension. Having ridden both a '41, a '50 and a '58 extensively, I can say that the seat suspension (the seats were sprung) on the bikes made for an OK ride at the rear. You could ride over miles of potholes on a gravel road and not feel them if you rode at least 40 mph. The rear tire took a lot of abuse but the rider didn't feel his rear wheel bouncing and skipping along. However even on paved roads most of the beer bottles (they didn't have cans back then) were smashed by the time you reached your destination.

drawing of Matchless G-50 bagger decker dresser with ape hangers
Design #16 G-50 Decker will really enrage those who admire the famous Matchless G-50 roadracer (500 c.c. single with OHC, circa 1960). Here, I have used the famous engine, gearbox and front forks, (and I've updated with disc brake) but the rest of the bike is pure American tourer. The saddle, saddlebags and rear shocks are from a 1965 Electra-Glide ®, and the plastic cover over the tank mounted instruments was inspired by the dash of a big American car of that era. I've added a Triumph style carrier rack to the custom fuel tank. The frame is custom, and I've added "ape hanger" handlebars with fog lights. SACRILEGE and DAMNED SILLY will be what the purists will say, but I love big English singles but they are very uncomfortable for touring. (I used to ride hundreds of miles every weekend on my 1952 G-80S, so I know.) You really need some touring items such as I've added here (plus a windshield). So to me the bike is not as absurd as it appears at first blush.

drawing of Vincent Indian style decker motorcycle
Design #18 is the THE STEADMAN SPECIAL . Danny Steadman only weighed 135 lbs. and stood about 5'8" but could ride a full dress Harley Duo-Glide like a road racer (and remember the lousy brakes they had back then). He loved Hogs so much he used to sing out loud while riding! Otherwise he wore a big grin. And he was an ace with a hand-banger (foot clutch and hand gear shift to you younger riders). To see hand bangers in action rent or buy the videotape of "Born To Ride", a Hollywood movie from about ten years ago, set in World War Two. A dandy action flick. Back around the 1940's there was an American movie called "Motor Patrol" about police riding Harleys. If anyone has it on tape I would love to buy a copy. A 1940's action series called "Spy Smasher" has the super hero chasing Axis spies on his hand banger Harley. (H-D only began offering foot shift as an option in 1952, and hand bangers were still sold to police up though 1979.) To see amazing scenes of hand banger Indian motorcycles being ridden like dirt bikes, buy the DVD or stream "The Phantom". If possible watch this movie on as large a screen as possible for best effect. It is very entertaining and the riding scenes are unbelievable.

pencil drawing of 1964 Harley Duo-Glide panhead nearly stock
Drawing #7 is a late 1950's Harley FLH. Almost stock. Can you spot the few custom mods?

drawing of BMW motorcycle with VW engine
Design #43 (drawn Nov.1999) is called A HREF="43bvw.htm"> BOLD BVW . It is a pseudo-BMW with modern right-side monoshock rear end, cast wheels and late forks, but with old style tank mounted instruments, valenced fenders, custom seat and powered by a VW bug engine. Apparently in the 1960's it was not uncommon to put a VW mill in a BMW R50/60/69 rolling chassis.

drawing of customized Norton Atlas motorcycle
Design #22. English purists will threaten me for ruining this Norton Atlas but I think this mildly stylized NORTON "CUTLAS" still looks great decades after I drew it, if I don't say so myself.

drawing of customized Honda Gold Wing 1980's
Design #25 FLYING WING is a mildly customized 1980's Honda Gold Wing "in flight".

pencil sketch of 1948 Indian Chief motorcycle stock
Design #40 1950 CHIEF . This quick sketch was done relatively recently.

drawing of Harley bobber with Vincent engine
Design #19 Rolling Thunder Can't remember when I did this, but its one of my favourites.
drawing of Ducati decked out like a Harley
Design #26 DUCATI DECKER . I was inspired by the prototype Ducati V-4 engine and designed an American frame and sheet metal around it. Only the engine looks like any real thing, the rest all came from my imagination. Too bad Ducati never put the V-4 into production, as it would probably have performed like a V-Max. Apparently the tires of the day weren't up to the power of the Ducati. For more info and a drawing of what the prototype looked like see Ducati V-4.

drawing of 1960's style cutomized Vincent motorcycle in American chassis
Design #32 is the STREET BEAST . Drawn around 1965 it is sort of a Hydra-Glide rigid frame with a Sportster or English forks and seat, and a Vincent engine. Looks light and fast despite the wild pink and lime green paint job and chrome teardrop tail lites and horn locations. (The horn is just behind the fork tubes.) The oil tank has a built in cooling rad.

1950s style Harley decker dresser with chrome rails
Drawing #3 RAIL JOB is a Harley decker or dresser, with an elongated wheelbase and more ground clearance.

drawing of slightly customized Yamaha Road Star
Drawing #41 Roadstar is a very slightly customized Yamaha Roadstar with greatly increased ground clearance

drawing of mildly customized 1950s Harley panhead decker
Design #28 is another Harley decker or dresser inspired by a mostly stock '58 Duo-Glide of Danny Steadman's that I rode in 1965/66 and which after a chopped '52 Matchless 500 single impressed the hell out of me. (And the poor brakes scared the hell out of me and caused me to "rear end" a brand new VW bug driven by, of all the luck, an off-duty cop. The Hog suffered no damage at all but the rear of the bug's bumper was caved in to fender, denting it, and the hub cap was dented too as I clipped his right rear and went into a ditch.)

ATTENTION CUSTOM BUILDERS: I'd be super-flattered if any of you built a real bike that looks like any in these designs. You don't need a Vincent or Ducati engine - any V-twin will do. Please let me know and please give me credit for the design. Send photos when finished and we'll post it on this site.

If you are a real Biker, not just a rich Sunday putter, you'll enjoy reading about me, the bikes I've owned, restored or modified
author astride 1980 Harley FLT
Read about my wild weekend ride through the logging roads and goat trails of the Rocky Mountains on an old BSA (with some fearless if not crazy BMW riders). What an ordeal!
Adventure Ride
image of 1969 BSA bagger
I drew and painted a lot more than motorcycles. (I began with cartoons as a child, then superhero comics and landscape watercolors, then underground comics and sketches of anything.) To see my serious paintings in various mediums, and cartoons, including funky sketches of a jeep, outlaw on H-D chopper etc. please email me. Attention musicians: I recently used some of these images for my songs (see link to Randy and the Retreads below) and can make images for your songs and CD covers too, at reasonable rates.

You can email me: randyandretreads@gmail.com
I also compose and sing BIKER MUSIC (country rock, 1950's rock, jazz). Here is the link to Randy and the Retreads to listen to free samples and some entire songs and hopefully buy some great songs about old motorcycles and cars (and other subjects).
Starting in 1999 I began producing the large website Indian Chief Motorcycles which since then has had millions of visitors. I update it at least once a year so if you haven't visited it in the last 12 months please do.

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