Steane Klose | Jan 31, 2012

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre is playing host to this year’s Australian Motorcycle Expo from February 17-19.

On display will be a variety of unique bikes, customs, choppers and one-off machines as well as the latest offerings from a wide range of manufacturers.

Among the feature displays is the amazing ‘Beond’ - the road-registered Transformers character prototype belonging to Brisbane-based business coach Steve Leach. It’s Steve’s daily ride…

'Beond' was purchased by Leach who then began an extensive 'ground-up' overhaul in 2007, with de-construction, re-engineering, customisation and re-construction taking hundreds of hours to complete.

Its Harley-Davidson V-Rod engine and tyres are the only components not crafted entirely from hand.

"The prototype came from the US and was originally inspired by a character from the Transformers movie," said Leach.

"It certainly gets people's interest and creates attention. We get used to the ordinary world we live in and I don't believe in locking away your 'good stuff' for 'someday'!"

Sydney artist Time Cameron created the artwork, while the original prototype engineering was completed by Chris Travert, the driving force behind Jay Leno's Y2K jet bike which appeared at a past Australian Motorcycle Expo event.

Also on display will be a turn-of-the-century 1901 Wearwell-Stevens motor bicycle.

This particular model's two-and-a-quarter horsepower, four-stroke engine is the first of its kind built for use on a bicycle.

Mounted above the front down-tube, it has an accumulator ignition, surface carburettor and twisted leather belt drive to the back wheel.

Back in its day the Wearwell sold for 40 pounds apiece, a costly investment at the time.

You can find out more about the Motorcycle Expo by visiting the official site at www.motorcycleshow.com.au.

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