Breakable Boardtracker By Dutch Custom Builder Piet Smits

In my 2016 custom motorcycle trend predictions published in January I was mentioning what I call “The Heritage Revival Movement” where new built custom motorcycles are modeled after the bikes that filled our grandparents “good old days” or drawing inspiration from the bikes legends rode to victory in major races. New motorcycles using at least one major antique original part (engine is best choice) that tell a nostalgic story in reaction to the fast pace of our times.

3breakable4breakableIllustrating this trend, last weekend Dutch custom bike builder Piet Smits won Best Of Show with this boardtracker and impressed the 100,000 visitors who visited during 4 days the MOTORbeurs Utrecht in The Netherlands. It’s a stunning bike iwith a 1930 J.A.P. 500cc engine cradled in a self made stainless steel frame, front forks and exhaust system. What should be the gas tank (actually the fuel s hidden in the top frame tube) is hand blown glass. “Breakable” rolls on a pair of 26” wheels made of Perspex (plastic glass). Same treatment for the oil tank attached to the frame post.

5breakable6breakable“No gearbox, the bike has a direct drive, so when I start it, off she goes!” explains Piet, who during the bike competition presented a video showing him riding his boardtracker. Piet built his bike in his home garage. He is not a professional custom builder, just somebody with extreme passion for motorcycles with a soul, and a true perfectionist while building them. Add talent…(photography @ O. Wieringa for C. Huze)

13 Responses to “Breakable Boardtracker By Dutch Custom Builder Piet Smits”

  1. 1 Danny Ray Mar 4th, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Different, fun. I like.

  2. 2 Brandon Mar 4th, 2016 at 1:30 pm


  3. 3 Paul Corso Mar 4th, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Great job.

  4. 4 Terence Bohler Mar 4th, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    “Glass” seems to be a new trend, at least for covers. See Barnett Clutches.

  5. 5 Roger Dahl Mar 4th, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    It’s beautiful.

  6. 6 nicker Mar 4th, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Love it…!!!

    “… drawing inspiration from the bikes legends…”
    “…custom builder……. with a passion for motorcycles…….. built his bike in his home garage…”

    This is how motorcycling first began.
    Its how custom motorcycling got its start.
    And, apparently there are still some capable people who enjoy actually building stuff.

    Perhaps contemporary motorcycling moronics are just a phase…… ???


  7. 7 RBinTEX Mar 5th, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Functional art…. I love it!

  8. 8 Mar 5th, 2016 at 9:06 am

    The bike is so perfect otherwise, that the glass actually detract from the beautiful workmanship and clean lines. I realize it’s art, but it looks so clean that it doesn’t need gimmicky tanks and wheels.

  9. 9 Jack Harper Mar 5th, 2016 at 9:42 am

    That JAP motor looks like the one in my buddies Howard Rotovator.

  10. 10 Cantrell Mar 5th, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Hope for the Bike World yet! Nice job for sure. The younger builders and want to be builders should post this on their shop wall as a reminder and inspiration as to what it’s all about. My hat is of the Piet Smits!


  11. 11 Jim Tom Mar 7th, 2016 at 6:32 am

    Glass faux tank? “fuel is actually hidden in top frame tube. ” No one is complaining about the fake glass tank? If the glass tank was full of “fuel” then it would be awesome. Function over fake.

  12. 12 Stony Crane Mar 7th, 2016 at 11:30 am

    She’s a beaut!

  13. 13 Mar 7th, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Very nice piece of art

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