My Project, called Guardian, is inspired by the scooter of the 50s era and is the result of eight months of work, on a Vespa PX 200cc of Piaggio, model 1995. Among other things, I proposed for the Scooter to be “Racing”, ie the usual PX scooter Piaggio that we had in our possession to gain horsepower and the look of a fast racing scooter. Beginning with the handlebar, conversion that was radical. I replaced it from an old scooter of '62, which was cut, glued and amended to «Drop-Bar». Drop-Bar is lowered style steering handles, (scripts down) and gives a racing style where the rider is hunched over the bike.
I mounted around the headlight a wreath (CV-Joint) from truck bearings and after having extracted the metal balls from the bearings, I placed there semiprecious stones quartz borrowing light from the headlight giving the effect of running lights road at night with their special appearance.
NOTE: Each of the embossed script hosts a lighter at its tip.
Then after the construction of the sculpture handlebar I proceeded to construct the basic frame from the saddle to the tail of the Scooter. A general redesign, ie, with more width and curves in its engine caps, lowered chassis, front fender construction, addition of volume in apron front, dual illuminated floor construction, construction of the internal face of the apron hosting tank and controls, construction of swingarm and placing a disc brake on the rear wheel, as well as manufacturing metal accessories to host rear running and stop lights and finally a reclining saddle from three millimeters of copper, lined with leather.
Extra attention was given to accessories that surrounding the scooter, which was mostly old military hardware, which now not only decorates the scooter, but performs each of these specific tasks, eg bullets hosting brake fluid, grenades have been converted to starter button and footrests, lenses allow us to see enlarged the sparks of the spark plug so you can check the motor health.
Much of the difficulty and time required to complete this construction is that all handmade accessories that make the scooter were deducted from it, leaving only frame, wheels and engine, so that all parts of the scooter are accessible, and also so that can any part be repaired or replaced in case of damage or impact.
The construction of all metal parts was in the traditional manner of treating the metal with hammers to give the bending of metal sheet, or of copper and bronze. Finally, the surface technique on metal sheet was so that the scooter was iridescent in daylight, according to the source of light that falls on it. Extra care was paid to the oxidation and abrasion resistant matte varnish that protects the entire surface, oxidized or not. The brass and bronze surfaces were not varnished, because their natural oxidation gives age and prestige, but also so as to be freshened with ointment, as required by the owner. A lot of care given to the electronics and lights of Guardian, that self-luminous in all parts of its surface, it can with theatrical lighting dominate the night.
The image of the scooter is complemented by the colors that surround it, with attention to details. The heart of Guardian, the engine, was upgraded and improved from a factory horsepower of eight to fourteen, for fast performance. The engine was also aesthetically changed with polishing, oxidation, paint, handmade filters and flexible connections, in order to blend harmoniously with the scooter concept. The wide tires, with the high profile, refer to another era. Finally, trial and testing on the road certified the successful creation. The smile of the owner rewards the months-long effort to build something with a steam punk flair, the scooter that goes by the name Guardian. My wish is for the military accessories that comprise the scooter as emblems on it, in future times, to just remind us that once people used to solve their differences with violence and be an example to avoid for the generations that follow.
- Varnishes: Antonis & Vasilios Pliakas
- Repair of engine: Michael Spiropoulos
- Electrics: Konstantinos Bastarouxas
- Spare Parts: Scootermania
- Photography: My Artwork