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Atomic

Atomic


from Classic Steel
I am currently sitting at the counter in the showroom. My friend Luc is sitting in front of me, unfortunately blocking my view of this great recently completed bike. I confess that I would much prefer to be working in my motorcycle shop than sitting around trying to write an article, an article that will somehow succeed in giving you all an insight into the magnitude of this project.

Hum! This bike. Finally I can just admire it! I really enjoy looking at it, but then, doing so also makes me relive some of the pain that was necessary for its design and implementation into this world. I really pushed hard! Man! The hours of design, testing, errors, and headaches it caused me. Incredible! Sometimes you wake up in the morning with a new idea in mind and scrap the previous. That’s not necessarily always a good thing. When machined parts don’t completely fit, don’t look as good as first thought or don’t function correctly, you start over from scratch. That’s the deal when building a show bike!

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Blade

Blade


Rat Shop Custom Bikes
Blade! Feared by his own species and despised by the human race he pledged to protect, so is this being’s destiny, spawn of a child of darkness and a human female. Belonging neither to light nor to darkness, hated on one part and hunted on the other he must use his skills and instincts to survive in this world that damned him at birth. His life being what it is, he uses his powers spawned from darkness to hunt and kill vampires. Why wouldn’t this tortured soul use a motorcycle as a weapon to wage his war against vampires? Or so thought Fred Vaillancourt from the Rat Shop, dedicated comic books fan. After having given birth to The Punisher and then The Spawn, Fred comes back with The Blade.

It’s when a new client, Mr. Jean Poitras, came to the Rat Shop that the project took roots. Mr. Poitras had bought a rolling chassis with a TP 121 diamond cut engine and a 6-speed right side drive transmission and wanted Fred to put it together. After going over the project that was bound to be pretty straight forward, things kind of got out of hand. Why not a Show Bike?

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Patience

Patience


Kreater Custom Motorcycle
As I sit here at the bar having a few coronas with George and thinking about the birth of “Patience”, we both realized that the unique thing about her is that she is a cross breed between a sport bike and a traditional bobber. I don’t know if that makes her a “spobber” or a “bobbert”? Nevertheless, she has proven her ability to perform as her maiden voyage carried us through the beautiful mountains of the Okanogan’s all the way to Spokane Washington. Her first public appearance was at the Spokane Bike Show. The local state troopers escorted her onto the show grounds because for some reason George just couldn’t keep her speed under control.

Patience started out as a skeleton that was acquired through Kreater West, by Jeff Vander Zalm and then shipped to Toronto for completion. It was comprised of a frame and some Buell parts including a motor, wheels, front end and brakes. At first this project seemed to be a no brainer, but once ...

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Jazz

Jazz


After owning Cycle Boyz with my brother for almost seven years now, and building bikes for customers from one end of the spectrum to the other, I decided it was time to build something for myself. I wanted to build something I could keep, something with absolutely no influence from the outside. Something that would not to be swayed by saleability, customer influence or time constraints. Only one limiting factor: money, and that’s what it’s all about anyway, isn’t it? Build what you can afford, keep it as cheap as possible and enjoy it.

Ninety percent of our builds are complete ground up customs. I knew that wasn’t what I wanted because new parts just don’t have any soul, not to me anyway. As luck would have it, a piece of my past came home when a buddy was overwhelmed by the need for speed and decided to buy my current custom bike, as long as I would take my old 1981 Harley FXE on trade. Hell yes! I bought this bike when I was 19 or 20 years old, back in 1996. It was a good solid stock FX Shovelhead, and you could say it’s the one that is 90% responsible for my current motorcycle addiction. This is the bike that taught me the crude fundamentals of building and customization. From stretching fat bob...

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