Bike Designer Roland Sands incorporated inspiration from vinyl turntables and headphones.
Even if you know nothing about motorcycles, the name Orange County Choppers is one most people associate with producing custom bikes for corporate clients used more for advertising than riding. Their bikes might make purists wince from the over-the-top fabrication work to the attention grabbing paint jobs. Another legendary builder, Roland Sands has just completed a custom bike for a seemingly unrelated client, Technics. A Panasonic division, Technics produced and sold the iconic SL-12oo turntables coveted by dj’s around the globe. Though discontinued a few years ago, Technics is still serving the dj community with a line of premium headphones, a digital turntable controller and audio mixers.
Technics commissioned Sands to create a bike reflective of the brand’s audio gear. Design cues were derived from the updated DH1-1200 headphones as well as the classic SL-1200 turntables. Sands wanted the references to be very subtle on the bike. Anyone who has spent time spinning vinyl on 1200’s will recognize the dot pattern on the wheels. It mimics the strobe velocity pattern on the platter of the turntable.
The gloss black finish of the bike accented with satin silver is another element transposed from the Technics gear. The cafe racer style bike has a performance, no frills look which mirrors the products from Technics.
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