It was sometime ago, the sun shined late into the evening, the smell of pulled pork filled the air, long-johns were still neatly tucked away in the back of the drawer, and our ear holes were filled with Lulu’s “to sir with love” on loop. The boy and I had just sat down to our somewhat regular Thursday night “family art night”, and what happened over the course of the next few hours, led to this.
Printed on American Apparel T’s, SM, MED, LG and soon to be all gone, If you would like one? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 25$ shipped (US only on this batch).
Here we have a few historic photos of the second incarnation of the Tonic Fab soft tail or BCX circa 2005-06? Owned by Ian Brown, who is also the care taker of soft tail #1 (#1 was “super tuff” green and somewhere there is likely an undeveloped roll of film containing evidence of its glory days). In my eyes this frame really raised the bar and set the precedent for all Tonic fab’s to come.
The Highwayman was a special project for a Japanese customer who was interested in a custom Tonic Soft tail touring bike. Early on in said project it became clear that he was really into vintage Mountain bikes, so from this we determined that a one off Bontrager/Tange switchblade style fork (IE Ton-trager or Tonic “Gern” fork) would make this project real special, a fun challenge for me to design and machine, and would look truly bitchin with the Tonic Soft Tail bits out back. The eccentric BB allows for the adjustment of BB height, as well as taking on the responsibility of keeping the chain snug while in single speed mode. Removable STI and chain stay cable stop aid in keeping it clean when run Single speed and add a nice detail to the frame. The Holley carburetor inspired retro Tonic Fab logo is the Icing on the cake.