The Bienville Legacy Project. Love It Or Hate It. The Experiment Of JT Nesbitt.



Happy Monday- Thought I would show a Blog that Cyril Huze wrote about, now this may not be your cup of tea, especially at the start of the week, but you have to look deeper than just the outside, as this has so many tricks and really skilled forms that for some of us, and that means too are a little Blinkered when it comes to a more futuristic approach of technology with these machines.

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Have a look and you decide if this turns your crank or not, its a piece of Art at the very least to me. Happy Monday

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What would YOU do if someone let you create a custom motorcycle without limitations on ideas, time and budget? JT Nesbitt gives you his answer with “The Bienville Legacy”, an experiment financed by Jim Jacoby through his ADMCI Foundation (American Design And Mastercraft Initiative) The program is to encourage innovation by giving master craftspeople full rein to create whatever they want and reigniting American craftsmanship and innovation in the process.

JT Nesbitt, the designer and builder, is best known for his collaboration with Confederate as Chief Designer on the Wraith and G2 Hellcat models, a company he left when Confederate moved from New Orleans to Birmingham, Alabama. He now works in his own Bienville Studios where – his words – “he explores ideas and concepts in an attempt to spark imagination and to externalize his creative impulses…” Jim Jacoby to add “Once you give someone that opportunity to just create with no boundaries, knowing they have a passion for it, only good things can come out of that”



I would agree that pressure for production efficiency, product marketability and other demands of a harried economy may undermine the pursuit and appreciation of lofty achievements in design. But is it always true and do you appreciate the final result featured here? I will not even try to explain all what was done, just mention the bow-like frame suspension in red, near the gas tank, the suspension damping from mountain bike parts, the identical design but operating differently front and rear girders, the custom carbon fiber wheels, the headlight incorporating the indicators cluster and months of painstakingly hand-crafted pieces with the help of external CAD designers and of many expert machinists and welders.
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For sure, with The Bienville Legacy, JT Nesbitt escapes far away from market-driven conformity. Except that after building a total of 3 identical models, the duo Nesbitt/Jacoby states that they now need to sell one to finance them all and the couple of years of shop time it took to accomplish the whole project. Some will find it horrendously ridiculous, just a show stopper built to create enough buzz around its designer (mission accomplished!), while others will underscore the undeniable ingenuity and craftsmanship. I let you judge.


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Some more photos I added this morning for you.

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Many hours of work and a slightly worn out brain by the end of the day I bet?



Must be nice to be able to use this machinery to design something as way out as this though.



Thats a lot of machining and testing, to make sure this front end functions smoothly.



There is so much going on with this bike and the more that you look, the more detail that you see.



From Steam punk to Aerospace, this piece of Art has it all and then some.


A lot to look at but you would certainly notice this on the freeway if you were behind it.



An Aerial view of this bad boy and you can see that this was no over night thought.



So- to each his own and I thought that this morning this may raise an eyebrow or two wthi this creation, hope you have a great Monday and thanks for reading my Daily Blogs.




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