The Draftsman & The Motorcycle: Andy Copeland's Honda CT110 “Express Post”

There are moments in everyone’s life where you find something inspiring. You might find yourself saying, ‘Wow, how cool would it be to do that’. The inevitable afterthoughts are usually something like, ‘But there’s no way I have the time’.  Well, 24-year-old Architectural Draftsperson Andy Copeland has brought that forethought to fruition. Introducing his first ever bike build, a Honda CT110 entitled, “Express Post”.

Copeland is normally interested in cars. He bought this bike originally just to obtain his motorcycle license. As you can see, one thing definitely led to another. “Motorcycles appeal more to me because of the ability to easily express mechanical details. When those mechanical details are expressed, there is a big push to make them look aesthetic and this is what I love.” The aesthetics of this particular bike are very easy to appreciate, indeed.

Copeland continues, “In terms of the actual build, I didn’t have any preconceived perceptions as to seating position or steering geometry so I was lucky to have very few design constraints to work around.” Given that the bike doesn’t actually have a seat, it’s safe to say that lack of designs limitations were a huge plus in this case. It seems to have allowed Copeland to let his imagination flow freely. It doesn’t hurt that he has a background in Architecture, as well.

The Honda CT110 is popular in Australia as the bike Postmen ride while making deliveries. Because this bike was made for a Biker Build-off competition (and only required to travel roughly 2km to be eligible), it doesn’t seem as if it’ll be making the postal rounds just yet.

The “Express Post” was modeled after Japanese custom bike builder Shinya Kimura, known for his minimalistic and vintage inspired bikes that combine both form and function.

From forethought, to sketching, to an initial model made up cereal boxes and rope, Andy Copeland has developed something special with his first ever bike build. With future projects on his mind, be sure to keep your ear to the ground for what he’s got next.

Photography by Chris Pearce and Alvin Wong

Writing By Jordan Bailey