Orlando's Knuckle


Prolific artist David Mann has long been known as the Norman Rockwell of biker culture. Enriching the center spreads of Easyrider magazine for three decades, his work was inspired by and often inspired the classic American biker. The age-old question comes to mind;: "Does art imitate life, or does life imitate art?" In this case life imitates, or was at least inspired by, art.

We photographed this wonderful machine at the Sixth Annual David Mann Chopperfest in Ventura, CA. While its owner Orlando was a man of few words, his bike spoke volumes to everyone who saw it. It's surely not the first Mann tribute bike, but it may be one of the finest. Of course, there are differences between the painting and the machine—powerplants being but one—but we think The Mann himself would be proud, and the trophy Orlando took home from the Chopperfest proves it.



















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Commented on 12-28-2009 At 07:44 am

Knucks rule. Period.

Commented on 12-28-2009 At 08:05 am

that is a purdy scoot

Commented on 12-28-2009 At 09:50 am


Kick ass sled for sure.

Commented on 12-28-2009 At 10:11 am

Wow, Orlando sure was lucky to get David Mann to paint a portrait of him with his bike. The closest I'd get would be to bribe Richie Pan.

(I'm joking of course)

That bike is incredible.

Commented on 12-28-2009 At 11:22 am

Nice, nothing like a mantra on your tank...

Commented on 12-28-2009 At 05:10 pm

Wow! Beautiful machine...

Commented on 12-28-2009 At 05:34 pm

Love the Knuckle.

Commented on 12-28-2009 At 05:38 pm

DAMN that is nice!

Commented on 12-28-2009 At 06:47 pm

Im at a loss forr words "f-ing beautiful" comes to mind. finding my first easyriders in the shed i fell in love and i still have this issue. From my dads collection. RIP Dad..&..David mann

Commented on 12-28-2009 At 06:56 pm

i just wish he would have used a pan to make it authentic

Commented on 12-28-2009 At 08:51 pm

Wow good job on this sled.

Commented on 12-29-2009 At 04:26 am

LOL! That is a good representation on the first picture.

Commented on 12-29-2009 At 08:39 am

damn i wouldnt mind eatin off this thing its so clean.

Commented on 12-29-2009 At 10:12 am

Awesome setup man.

Commented on 12-29-2009 At 03:38 pm

I live in "Orlando"
There is a guy here with a replica of that bike, as well.
Guy named Tig.
We were selling old magazines at the swap.
He came up and thumbed through em for a minute and handed me one.
It was an article about him and his replica.
Rad dude.
Real dude.
Hope he doesn't mind I put his picture.

Commented on 12-29-2009 At 08:54 pm

sweet ass scoot!

Commented on 1-1-2010 At 12:11 am

that is a bitchin ride

Commented on 1-1-2010 At 05:30 am

pan or knuckle it's still a nice looking bike.

Commented on 1-2-2010 At 05:10 am

That is one fine machine!

Commented on 1-12-2010 At 05:28 pm

I really like everything about this machine. Super clean and mean!

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