"The concept for my most recent completed commission, The Automator, began when a gentleman from NYC commissioned me to build a moped as a surprise gift for his brother. After chatting for a while and discussing some sketches we agreed upon a classic-turned-modern theme, including mag wheels and grinder forks. I suppose this is as good a time as any to confirm that what you read above, “build a moped” is just that – from scratch and an exercise in faith. I devote my building efforts strictly to these discarded 50cc artefacts of the past that no one has given any real thought to since the 70s. I don’t expect everyone to already know the importance and potential value of the ideals behind these machines and what they might hold for the future of urban travel, but with every new build, I hope the true potential is made more clear. (Imagine Al Gore arguing to convey the latent benefits of the Internet to your parents in 1976..!). Rogue Builds supports the movement to strive for a balance among individual convenience, responsible use of resources, and appropriate human-scale for human needs, all within a thoughtfully crafted machine.
When this commission was first on the table, I had recently acquired a '78 MkII Puch Magnum from a friend who had decided that he no longer had the time or interest in maintaining a vintage bike. It had been stored in a parking garage for a few years before finding refuge in my shop, and although it was complete, it was in definite need of restoration, and I thought it would be perfect for this project.
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