Vilner is at it again, this time it's a cruiser motorcycle.
The Bulgarian specialists at Vilner never fail to impress us with their extraordinary attention to details and now they have decided to work on something with only two wheels. The subject of a thorough transformation was a 2012 Suzuki Intruder M1500, a cruiser motorcycle that has received Vilner’s very best TLC to create what they’re describing as being a “piece of art.”
The first order of business was to apply a so-called “patinated copper” finish which was possible by layering no less than six coats of paint finalized by using a bespoke set of brushes. The motorcycle now has a vintage flair further enhanced by the brake rotors and rims which have also received a special finish akin to the rest of the Intruder.
The bike’s weatherproof special finish blends nicely with a variety of leather elements to provide the motorcycle extra character and make it stand out even more. Hand-carved, vegetable-tanned leather adorns the seat as well as the handles which come stitched with leather straps to boost the overall rat look theme.
Rounding off the changes are the bull’s skull as well as the tuner’s “V” logo which have both been manually applied onto the high-quality leather which looks just lovely in the attached images.
Gallery: Suzuki Intruder receives the Vilner treatment
Suzuki Intruder от Vilner. Patina and leather as a piece of art
A few years ago TopGear raised a question: “Can a car be art?” Back then there was an element of joke because of TG, of course, but the topic remained serious and ever lasting, no matter of the polarized opinions.
Vilner’s opinion about the theme “Can a bike be art?” is clear, with this unique statement based on Suzuki’s Intruder – this bike says “definitely yes”. A modern interpretation of the classic cruiser made by Suzuki, which Vilner transformed into one-off mix of traditional leather treatment methods and state of art painting techniques. The result is a true piece of art.
This bike is the first machine made by Vilner to present the atelier’s new color palette. It’s finished in “patinated copper” achieved by layering no less than six layers of paint and agents, then finalized with a special set of brushes. This coating is extremely durable and weatherproof, but also so reel feel to touch because of the texture. The vintage-rat look is boosted by the “copperized” rims and brake rotors.
It’s not only this patina effect that carries the bike’s message – the leather elements are all there with their details to confirm Vilner’s Intruder art character. A natural vegetable-tanned leather that has been hand carved by a traditional techniques, a powerful message from the bull’s skull and also the ‘V’ logo are all there. As a finishing touches, there are the handles made by the same natural material and stitched by leather straps.
Can a bike be art? This can.
Vilner would like to thank to Mr. E.B. for all the effort and the support for that great project.
2012 Suzuki Intruder M 1500, 1462 cc, 68 hp., 115 Nm, 5 speed, shaft drive, 328 kg.