custom suzuki GN250 pays homage to cubism with square geometries
modern lifestyle, retro designs
free spirit motorcycles, a small professional Slovak brand, manufactures bicycles for free-spirited city dwellers who create the new culture of modern cities by fusing old and modern technologies. it marries a modern lifestyle with retro designs, providing riders with rides for riding, not for display. For its new offering, the brand unveiled ‘Cubus’, a custom-designed suzuki GN250 that pays homage to cubism, an early 20th century style and movement that utilized geometric shapes.
during his render, slavo danko, the man behind the brand and redesign, displayed the bike’s exhaust system where two stainless steel pipes meet in a specially designed muffler and are finished with a stainless steel core and 3D milled aluminum sides. ‘after the satin black painting of the stainless steel parts and the sandblasting and brushing of the aluminium, the whole will be riveted by sealing blind rivets,‘ says designer and owner danko.
images courtesy of slavo danko
after the manufacturing process, the result is a sleek, matte motorcycle that is built with a custom seat and separate gas tanks. danko also posted a short video of how he put the pieces together in the upper body of the vehicle, locking them one by one to the chassis as if they were bricks and puzzle pieces. the steel frame of the bodywork exudes sturdiness while the black coating and finish give the bike an aura of sophistication. the designer expresses his content by comparing the 3D rendering of the motorcycle with the real products and finds no difference.
a close up of the engine
give an overview of his experience, danko shares that his knowledge of bike customization dates back to the 80s when he was racing motocross. ‘around this time I made my first custom fiberglass tank and sewed my first seat on my grandmother’s vintage sewing machine. 30 years later, I decided to return to customization. I built a new workshop from scratch and started working on my first professional custom project. for now, it’s just a side job since I’m still working as a brand manager in an advertising agency.‘
a special seat designed by danko
the matte appearance of the engine
rendering of the motorcycle
a custom designed suzuki GN250
the motorcycle pays homage to cubism
designate: slavo danko
Matthew Burgos | design boom
March 03, 2022