Art Deco motorcycle mod

This 1936 Henderson motorcycle was given a superb Art Deco mod by Frank Westfall of Syracuse, NY and displayed at last summer's Rhinebeck Grand National Meet. The Knucklebuster blog got to see and photograph it in person there, and has a thrilling account of its performance: "The bike is a fantastic piece of history, the craftsmanship is absolutely stunning and it's surely more of a museum piece than a daily rider. Frank has obviously spent an incredible amount of time meticulously restoring and rebuilding the bike to its current gorgeous state."

1930 Art Deco Henderson (Thanks, Littledragon!)


    1. Jeeper. It sure looks nice, but the size, the size….

      I can but use the German expression „Wie ein Affee auf dem Schleifstein“ – like a monkey on a grind wheel – to describe the, err, sitting experience ion that thing.

  1. That is simply gorgeous. I want one.

    I’m not a motorcycle guy. Never been impressed by bikes; never understood their appeal; never even ridden one. But I’d become a motorcycle guy if all motorcycles looked like this.

    Of course, if I had one of these, I’d probably keep it in my living room, just so I could look at it all the time. But I’m sure I’d be tempted to ride it every now and then, too.

    Nothing beats the Art Deco design. Nothing.

    1. sapre, agreed. I’d also add that the windshield needs to be angled higher for real use. Seems to be pretty useless at that angle.

  2. After google-imaging “henderson motorcycle,” this mod job becomes all the more impressive. Stock Hendersons are plenty beautiful, but are from the 1910s and 20s and therefore more closely resemble bicycles with engines. This mod is incredible.

    Hats off to you, Mr. Westfall!

  3. From 1980 to 1990, I was the senior designer for Donald Deskey Assoc in NYC. Deskey was the mid-century deco master who designed Radio City Music Hall.

    That being said, I KNOW Art Deco…
    And this motorcycle is one of the most magnificent, authentic and entirely original art deco masterpieces I’ve ever seen.


  4. THAT is how bikes should look.

    (Only, you know, bigger.)

    Oh, and cars and trains and buses and goddamn everything.

  5. I was sorta O_o when I saw the pic of the guy riding it with a drink in his hand, looking like he was tipping.

  6. I imagine riding this bike would be difficult but the aesthetics are uncompromising and beautiful.

    Makes me wonder why art deco designs for vehicles aren’t more prevalent. They’re aerodynamic, timeless, and carefully crafted.

  7. Sorry, Cory, RTFA Fail.

    Frank is the restorer, not the modder.

    ” bike was originally built by O. Ray Courtney in 1936 ”

    That is authentic Deco.

  8. It’s amusing how many comments concerning the size are being posted. I have seen this bike and it’s impressively large in scale. This bike is a one of a kind priceless beauty. It takes a certain madness to bring this bike back to it’s former glory and Frank Westfall is that madman that made it happen.

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