Rocky the motor cycle

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Project by YorkshireStewart posted 09-20-2007 10:20 PM 3292 views 5 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This rocking motor cycle emerged from ‘Santa’s Workshop’ in 2005 for my little grandson Sam. The overall idea came from a magazine article but I heavily modified it. It’s meant to represent a mid 1950’s two-stroke trials bike with a Villiers engine, but scale model it’s not!

Materials were anything that was lying around the workshop and the project certainly helped to clear the clutter. I do recall the wheel centres were ex-restaurant platters/chargers that I re-turned. Main frame is 1” softwood pine boards and rockers are in ash. The fuel / gas tank is hollow and contains a message in the tradition of rocking horse makers. What’s that? rocking horses don’t have fuel tanks?

I’m delighted to say that nearly two years on, Rocky is still a big hit with Sam and his friends.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 09-20-2007 10:23 PM

Very cool, what a great gift :) To make it truly authentic you should pour a little oil under it, just so it feels at home ;-)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#2 posted 09-20-2007 10:56 PM

I think Grandpa is having a lot of fun and so is Sam!! Super gift.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 09-20-2007 11:15 PM

Looks beautiful. If I had built that it would be as far away from children as humanly possible.

Damian Would that be motor oil or tung oil?

-- Che.

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#5 posted 09-21-2007 12:00 AM

that is SO cool.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 09-21-2007 12:10 AM

Neat, just neat.

-- Andy Stark

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#7 posted 09-21-2007 12:26 AM

That’s a beautiful piece of work, but I think it’s the tongue to the side in that right most picture that really makes it!

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#8 posted 09-21-2007 01:07 AM

What a great project. I’ve made a few small trucks and cars, but this is to a larger scale and much more complex. Well done.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#9 posted 09-21-2007 02:52 AM

Amazing work! I’ll bet you’ll get some requests to make a few of these…

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#10 posted 09-21-2007 04:38 AM

What a great gift and extraordinary workmanship. The kind of thing that will be passed down for generations.

-- Bob

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#11 posted 09-21-2007 05:41 AM

Before long he’ll be asking to take the rockers off and make the wheels turn and put training wheels on it.

And go for a ride.

Great job and one happy customer.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 09-21-2007 11:34 AM

What a talent! If you don’t mind, please post a total failure every now and again – that way I can feel better about my own work :-)). Your work is awesome.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#13 posted 09-21-2007 01:30 PM

On the first Photograph, I thought it was a minature, the second photograph (spark plug) what great attention to detail. The third revealed secret of the size with rider checking over the machine before use!

Wonderful and creative use of recycled materials – well done Stewart

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#14 posted 09-21-2007 02:19 PM

Wonderful! Love the look on Sam’s face. Caution, adventure ahead!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#15 posted 09-21-2007 03:08 PM

it will be interesting to hear his perspective of this treasure in 25 years—right now it is a cool bike to ride on, but when he becomes a worker of the wood, himself, it will take on a whole new meaning for him AND then when he becomes a parent and a grandparent… Can’t you just feel his heart swelling with pride? Filled with memories Oh my …

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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