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Old 07-11-2007, 07:05 AM
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Here's something pretty unique. See more here: http://thekneeslider.com/archives/20...k-motorcycles/


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Old 07-11-2007, 09:53 AM
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I have been watching the steampunk aesthetic with great interest. It seems to be taking off, in no small part thanks to BoingBoing. The combination of kewl technology, alt-futurism, and illustrative attention to detail that steampunk provides seems right up their alley.

The aesthetic aligns with a similar recent trend in hotrodding -- the resurgence of the rat rod. Especially in American culture, seemingly disparate cultural trends often have a commonality. I perceive steampunk and rat rod as distant cousins.

It looks like steampunk has leapt to motorcycles recently. Older steampunkish bikes have been featured variously on the web, and some newer designs in the online motorcycle community are clearly reflecting a steampunk influence.

Now that steampunk motorcycles are appearing, the aesthetic seems like it's right on the precipice of the car world. I'm dying of curiousity to see if it has the stamina, versatility, and fortitude to "cross over" into automotive culture.

I haven't seen many cars in circulation on the net that would qualify as "steampunk", but I imagine, if the trend gains steam (), it will start with one of the following:

1. An old, original steam-powered car, "punked" out to look more steampunkish (much to the horror of the "keep-it-original" cult of car restorers).

2. A rat rod, powered by a standard gas-powered engine, but significantly externally modified such that it embodies the steampunk aesthetic. Some engines already have a steampunky look to them (flatheads, etc.), and would work well in such an application.

3. A hotrodding standard ('32 Ford, etc.), done up in full steampunkness. Doesn't actually have to be steam-powered, but that would be even better.


Embodying the steampunk aesthetic does not seem extremely difficult, or particularly expensive. I've already thought of a few ways to "steampunk" a vehicle, and I'm sure others can easily brainstorm more. Impracticality is the only genuine barrier. Hotrodders (and everyone else) do plenty of things that are impractical, as long as they feel that the coolness outweighs the impracticality. So, ultimately, I think it's going to hinge on whether hotrodding culture perceives steampunk as "gimmicky/cheesy/clunky", or as "cool".
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That's a cool radial bike Rob

I wonder when someone will figure out a way to do steam power the right way, with a small nuclear reactor.

That would be the ultimate "power adder" for a steampunker bike or car.

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