Two weeks ago, I took a break from my regular duties gathering news for Motorcycle.com to fly to Germany to cover the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show for our sister site AutoGuide.com. For two hectic days, AutoGuide editor Colum Wood and I scrambled across the massive 6.2 million square foot Messe Frankfurt trade fair compound, running […]
A Seattle Seahawks-Themed Motorcycle. Why? Because Football. And Charity.
With the return of football season upon us (that’s American football for our international readers), we thought it best to feature, what else, but a motorcycle. In this particular case, it’s a Seattle Seahawks-themed custom based on a 2005 Harley-Davidson Road King, the same year the Hawks made it to the Super Bowl.
The man behind the custom, award-winning bike builder and Seattle resident, Keith Wong, was approached by Patrick ‘PT’ Town, the founder and executive director of Union Ride & Charity Rally - a charity event to raise money for several non-profits including Northwest Harvest, A.N.E.W., Helmets to Hardhats and the Awareness, Education and Prevention of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in Youth Football.
Town and his wife worked with the Seahawk organization for a final design, then gave it to Wong to build in just three weeks. His reaction, as he tells MYNorthwest.com, when faced with the extremely tight deadline was, “oh well, I’m going to give it my best shot.”
Along with the help of others, Wong estimates he put in approximately 300 hours into this build. All of them after finishing his day job and working weekends. The finished result, as you can see in these pictures, is quite impressive. Besides the obvious paint scheme homage to the Seahawks, you’ll also notice the team’s mascot sculpted into the headlight bezel.
Some other notable features on the bike:
- The exhaust pipes are shaped like talons.
- Each front wheel spoke is shaped and colored to look like the Seahawks’ logo.
- The front brake disc carrier features laser cut-outs of the Hawks’ logo.
- There’s a football on the air cleaner, which itself is modeled after Century Link Field, the Seahawks home field.
- The seat is made from used game footballs.
- Coach Pete Carroll and several players are going to autograph it.
- The bike is valued at approximately $60,000.
Here’s why it all matters: on Sep. 7, this bike will be raffled away to one lucky winner. Union Ride & Rally will raffle off the bike at a special, free event on Sept. 7 at Downtown Harley Davidson of Renton, near Seattle. Proceeds will benefit the above charities. The raffle tickets cost $50 each and can be purchased at a number of locations.
If you’re a Seattle local, or will be in the area and are interested in checking out the bike, you can check it out for yourselves next Thursday at the pre-season game against the Oakland Raiders.