It came at the perfect time to apply for peoples champ at born free 2019
A friend picked up a basket case and asked me to build something in memory of his late brother.
Man where do I start. I dont own a lathe or anything like that. I spent alot of hours with a dremel, grinder and saw just going to town on raw materials. From the tank and fender with hard lines that flow perfect with the frame I started branching off to keep it uniform, the tripple z T bars compliment the sheet metal well. The roach clip valve stem cap has a real roach in it that I epoxied over to make it last. Pictures dont show it well, but nothing is flat, all of the panels got a couple passes threw the english wheel and are dished in. Really we could go on for days trying to decided what the most unique and creative thing on it is.
Not only is it hand made on nights and weekends in my 2 car garage, but I literally had just over 3 months to build it and have it on stage for the peoples champ contest, and broke my hand just before getting pulled into the contest. Theres videos on the internet of me tig welding on the bike by shoving the rod inside my brace and going to town. I’m the one who did and still look at it and say how did you pull it off in that time frame under those circumstances.
It gets mixed reactions, but overall it always has a crowd around it. I had a guy get ahold of me via social media and told me he stared at it for hours at born free and still feels like he didnt take in every little detail. I’m slightly OCD and very meticulous so it is really jam packed with subtle details that make it difficult to look away, once you start finding them, you start looking for them. As of lately one thing that’s started drawing alot of attention is that I actually ride it to the shows. I took best in show at rides and rods and some one came and told me the saw it the day before and couldnt believe how smooth it was going down the highway at 100mph.