“In Harrisville, NH is a shop full of magic and mystery where motorcycles too beautiful to imagine come from the heavens. If you believe that’s how it happens, you’re an idiot. Oh, there is a shop in Harrisville where some of the world’s most beautiful bikes come to life, but they’re not done with magic and sorcery, they’re built one at a time by Walt Siegl of Walt Siegl Motorcycles. Magic doesn’t make it happen, it’s a man with a single focus, building motorcycles that will cause people to pause and stare.” –Steve West
WALT SIEGL MOTORCYCLES — All photography is the work and property of Steve West
ABOUT WALT SIEGL
Walt rode his first motorcycle race as an 18 year old. When he was 19, he left art school in his native Austria and joined a road racing team. He later worked in France as a shunter in a train yard and as a toolmaker and welder in Germany, Austria and Italy.
A job with an Austrian steel company took him to Moscow, where he eventually joined the Austrian Foreign Service. In 1985 he transferred to New York City, for a position promoting contemporary Austrian art and culture. That year, Walt started building motorcycles at night after work.
In 2007, he moved his workshop and his family to an old mill town in southern New Hampshire to build motorcycles full time. He still road races V-Twins.