Dieselpunk + Steampunk Culture

I am a new Member here...so hello to all. 

I have been living in the Dieselpunk space for many years and but had no idea there was a name for the "lifestyle" I had been living. I was just doing my own thing...dressing in 1940's mens clothes...taking old stuff from the 30's and 40's and updating it with modern electronics or mechanics while keeping the vintage aesthetic.

I was pretty surprised to find you guys...lol. I had no idea an entire global community existed. 

Anyway - I am a HUGE scooter enthusiast and love vintage scooters (and also modern scooters with a vintage look). I just bought a 2013 Honda Metropolitan. It's takes significant styling queues from postwar Vespa's. To be accurate, the styling of the bike is probably leaning towards the early 50's Vespa's...which just misses the Dieselpunk genre by a hair...but who's splitting hairs here?...lol.

I love building scooter cargo trailers. I own three scooters and all three have trailers. This particular trailer for the Metropolitan is full-blown Dieselpunk. I studied hundreds of pics of WWII military motorcycle sidecars and other military hardware. Please let me know what you think!


P.S. I've also attached a pic of my vintage Vespa for which I also built a cargo trailer.



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Comment by John Paul Catton on November 3, 2012 at 3:49am

Yeah Joe - I was surprised when I found this community, too! Good to hear from you, and fantastic photos!

Comment by Cap'n Tony on November 1, 2012 at 8:18am
Well, it's a "Cars+Bikes" group (see under the "Groups" scroll-down at the top of the page) but effectively yes. Check out some of your fellow DP's projects...there's some really cool stuff.
Comment by Joseph A. Burick on October 31, 2012 at 9:23pm

"Projects forum and the Mechanics Group" ...really!?! WOW...definitely will check that out!!!! Thanks Cap'n! 

Comment by Cap'n Tony on October 31, 2012 at 9:15pm

Welcome aboard, Joe!  Another "I didn't know I was a dieselpunk until I met you guys story", I see!  We're the culture that always was, but didn't have a name yet.  I love the trailer.  Very cool work.  Feel free to share more!  Check out the Projects forum and the Mechanics Group for some likeminded gearhead adventures!

Comment by Joseph A. Burick on October 31, 2012 at 9:14pm

No...first, I didn't really document it and second, it was an absurd amount of work...tons of metal-fab work. I have had some requests to build some for the scooter enthusiast community...so who knows...maybe "Joe's Dieselpunk Trailers LLC" might happen...lol. 

Comment by Kevin "Doc" DiVico on October 31, 2012 at 7:58pm


looks fantastic... have you posted plans for the trailer to Make or Instructables? 

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