Harley Davidson reconstructed using repurposed parts has a saxophone for an exhaust

  • This Harley-Davidson is one of a kind
  • It is the creation of a Boston-based mechanic
  • Currently, the bike is on display in the Harley-Davidson Museum

Published on Jul 09, 2024 at 3:18 PM (UTC+4)
by Ben Thompson

Last updated on Jul 09, 2024 at 3:49 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

When we say this Harley-Davidson has a lot of soul, we really mean it.

Hidden deep within the Harley-Davidson Museum is a motorcycle unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

Let’s just say, this 1972 Harley-Davidson Aermacchi SS350 is one of a kind.

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The most unusual Harley-Davidson ever?

Right off the bat, this customized bike has a saxophone instead of an exhaust pipe.

It’s a real sax machine!

That is already unusual enough, but it doesn’t end there.

A microscope projector replaces a headlight, a pencil sharpener acts as a brake light, and a juicer provides air intake.

All of this is the work of one Boston woman with a big imagination.

J. Shia is a builder who runs Madhouse Motors, and she’s spent her entire life around tools and machinery.

Shia cites her dad and her neighbour as influences while growing up.

Her dad loved tinkering with motorcycles so much that 70 or so of them were strewn across the family’s yard.

Meanwhile, her neighbor was a professional motorcycle racer and mechanic who taught Shia a lot about the trade.

Does this Harley-Davidson run?

Shia’s creation has a lot of creative features that aren’t immediately apparent to onlookers.

A reporter for The Autopian took a closer look and noticed some additional quirks on the bike.

For one, it has a milkshake mixer under the engine, and the pegs are reused stove handles.

The electrical system has also been wired to feed from a 110V source, meaning that it could also function as a lamp if need be.

I’m not sure when you would need your Harley-Davidson to serve this function, but you can never rule it out.

Shia and Harley-Davidson have both insisted that this isn’t just a decorative art piece, and claim that it could function as a real motorcycle.

It doesn’t appear that there’s any video of the bike in motion, which is a shame.

I think we’d all be extra sold on the concept if the exhaust sounded like jazz music.

The bike remains on display at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

It’s open daily from 10am to 5pm, and adult tickets are $24.

Seniors, students and military members pay $20.


Ben Thompson

Ben got his start in journalism at Kennedy News and Media, writing stories for national newspapers, websites and magazines. Now working as a freelancer, he divides his time between teaching at News Associates and writing for news sites on all subjects.