IN THE HANDS OF MICHAEL COLE, A MOTORCYCLE IS BOTH A PIECE OF ART AND A HIGH-PERFORMING MACHINE.
This master builder of handmade custom motorcycles is as passionate about riding as he his meticulous about engineering and fine finishes. Over the past decade, collectors have begun to catch on to a talent that east coast motorcycle aficionados have known about for years. "Copper Mike," as he is known in riding circles, brings an artisanal touch to each of his one-off creations, infusing them with personality and flawless detailing both inside and outside. The results are perfectly tuned driving machines that are equally at home on the road or in a gallery.
Gravesend Cycles, Cole's independent studio and shop was founded on Long Island, now based in Hawley, PA. his Client base comprises riders and collectors who recognize the sophisticated blend of vintage authenticity with contemporary edge. Expanding beyond his roots in Brooklyn and Long Island, his bikes have been featured in exhibitions around the globe. In this way, Cole has attracted a following in Europe, where his bikes are seen as emblems of American style. His distinctive choppers and bobbers have also received honors at all major US motorcycle shows.