Australian Whiting: The last word in motorcycle luxury

The Whiting motorcycle was conceived in Melbourne in 1912 when engineer Saville Whiting (1889-1973) designed and built an innovative spring-frame cycle with semi-elliptic leaf sprinting on both the front and rear wheels. The four-cylinder V-engine was one of the most technically advanced designs created in Australia. Whiting was dissatisfied with the handling and comfort afforded…

Vincent Black Lightning: The fastest production motorcycle for its time

The 1951 Vincent Black Lightning holds a special place in Australian history when in 1953 Jack Ehtet broke the Australian land-speed record reaching an average speed of 227.7 kilometres per hour. Vincent Black Lightning 1951 The Vincent Black Lightning developed from the 1936 Vincent Rapide, a V-twin designed by Englishman Phil Vincent and Australian Phil…

The Motorcycle: Honouring our past by celebrating our future

If you’re a lover of all things motorcycles, escape to ‘The Motorcycle: Design, Art, Desire‘. We look to the future with the Fuller Moto ‘2029’, while honouring the past, an eclectic tribute to a century old classic, the Majestic c.1929. The exhibition looks at 150 years of ground-breaking design that shaped one of the most…

Harley-Davidson Knucklehead Chopper: A two-wheeled icon

Born to be wild, the Chopper, a platform for artistic and mechanical expression, with extravagant use of chrome, wildly extended springer forks and brilliant paintwork on the tank, is now a piece of American history. Harley-Davidson Knucklehead Chopper C.1973 (Engine: 1941) The chopper is a type of customised motorcycle that emerged in California in the…

The Motorcycle: The race to the future

The Gallery’s major summer exhibition ‘The Motorcycle: Design, Art, Desire’ featured 100 examples of the popular machine spanning more than a century of excellence and eccentricity, with a glimpse into the future with current technological innovations.  An exhibition is most compelling when it provokes greater insight into ourselves, our history and our identity, both individually…