The Black Knight by Monte Moore / Maverick Custom Paint
Every few years I focus my efforts on a single bike project to showcase the absolute best of my illustrative abilities, and show the custom motorcycle industry what a truly unique bike paint job can look like. We aren't talking about flames, skulls or elaborate geometric shapes created with laborious tape-outs and metal flake paints. We are talking about original, hand drawn and painted illustrations wrapped around a unique design, to create a ride able canvas of art and eye candy. Several years back, my Fire and Ice bike was that bike, and it won several major shows including Best Paint at the 2006 Las Vegas Bikefest, and was invited to the Easyriders National show in Kansas City. Most of the time I hear comments like "I've never seen art of this kind on a motorcycle before", this coming from folks and builders who have been in the industry for decades.
As a bit of background on myself: I got my chops in fantasy and science fiction illustration the past fifteen years by creating images for comics, games and books, for such great customers as Lucasfilm, Coors, The U.S. Marine Corps, Playstation, Dungeons and Dragons and many more. One of the highlights of my career was being selected by Playboy to create a limited edition print for them. One of only four artists in the world to get that honor. Along the way I have won the World Fantasy Art Show twice, and have been the author/artist of six art books that exclusively showcase my art. Having achieved most of the goals I had set for myself by the age of 30, I was looking for a new challenge...enter the world of custom motorcycle paint. My passion for motorcycles had been growing for about a decade. I have owned as many as 16 different bikes...at one time! Its hard to ride them all, but I love the various joys they bring me. I've ridden in 39 of our glorious states and I love all things motorcycle related.
Now, back to the Black Knight. Maverick Motorcycles is a cooperative effort between Kozak Enterprises of Oregon, myself at Maverick Custom Paint, and Matt Huntley of Blacktop Choppers, who is an award winning bike builder in Denver, where I am from as well. The art and design of the bikes come from me. Matt does all the heavy lifting when it comes to actual assembly of the motorcycles. The Black Knight is serial number 002, as the Fire and Ice was serial number 001. The following information and images will take you through the creation of a custom bike that is unlike any other. Not because of crazy overpriced additions of $10,000-$15,000 motors, but because of the 150 hours of art and finish work that make it a feast for the eyes. If you don't like fantasy art, or images of beautiful women on your bike, then you may not like this one, but may learn something anyway.