September 13th, 2004


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On Sunday night, I watched the World Biker Build-Off on the Discovery Channel, with builders representing England, Australia and the USA competing, the winner to be judged by the crowd at Daytona Bike Week. I thought the Australian bike was the most impressive. The builder carved the various parts he needed in wood, then used the wooden forms to beat sheet aluminum into shape. The aluminum parts were then welded together, polished and left unpainted. It looked amazing. The American bike was was a stretched-out chopper with a flashy paint job, and it was voted the best bike. The British bike was a very understated, minimalist old-school chopper. The builder had the funniest line, describing American bikes as looking "like a tart's handbag, or a rolling easter egg".