The origin of the name “Ivory Comet”, where ivory is for the pursuit ofelegance and “comet” for the overwhelming power and grace of a speeding comet.
At the beginning there was several designs of the fairing that covered the engine but since I wanted to use a Harley Davidson engine I believed it would be a shame to cover it. So for the final version of the fairing design I have it completely exposed.
For the colors of this bike I chose: red, white, black, and gold to represent the feeling. Because I believe the colors red, black and gold colors are too loud for the motorcycle I used white as the main color to tone them down for a more elegant look hence the “Ivory”name.
For fabrication of the bodywork of this motorcycle, I insisted on using traditional methods with having the front cowl, gas tank, and rear section all hand made out of metal. So used a 1960's method of using wood for the mold and asked a metal fabricator to make it for me.
With a modern retro cafe racer, I wanted a suspension that was unique and stable to this motorcycle. I chose to transplant the shock absorbers single sided swingarm and the brakes are also from the Ducati 916 because I think there is no need to modify it. The rims of the Ducati 916 did not match the modern retro theme. So to maintain the theme, I wanted to have wire rims making the bike a “Singlesided swingarm with wire rims”. Searching someone to make the rim to me specifications was a daunting task. Many engineers did not make a wire rim that looks good for a single sided swingarm or afraid that it will be too easy to break. But after spending several months, I located a company in Europe that met my requirements with warranty to boost.