By Robbie Kerr
I was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland.
I built my first complete motorcycle, a 1973
Norton, at the age of 16. At that time I was also
starting my mechanical engineering apprenticeship
at Rolls Royce Ltd. I continued to build
motorcycles as a hobby until I opened my first
business in 1990. Many of my creations back
then went on to win custom shows all over the
United Kingdom and Europe. I immigrated to
Canada in 2000 bringing along my very own
custom “Millennium Bobber”. That bike continued
to win custom shows all over British Columbia.
Eventually I settled in Nelson, BC where
I founded Kootenay Motorcycle Art,
a small business dedicated to producing unique
motorcycles and motorcycle parts. What you see
here gracing the pages of Revolution is my most
recently handiwork which I call “Glasgow Kiss”.
It has competed in the 2010 World Championships
and has won prizes at several bike shows
in Canada and the US.
By Mike O’Brien
The crew at Poorboys Customs has been
fortunate enough to work on some pretty
head-turning projects over the past
five years and the Toxic chopper is no
exception. Combining the bike building
talents of Neil Rollingson and the custom
airbrush as well as design talents of Mike
O’Brien, the Toxic chopper was born.
The initial response to this project has
been excellent. With the entire Poorboys
team working together the bike was built,
painted and shipped to Calgary for the
Kane’s Harley-Davidson bike show at the
2010 World of Wheels last February where
it took the “best in class” award for North
American custom built bikes. One of the
most talked about features of the Toxic
chopper is the custom airbrushed green
lethal liquid and skulls that were expertly
applied by Mike O’Brien aka “Mob” of Mob
Air Custom Airbrush.
By Michel Corbeil
With this latest Zeel Design achievement
for Mr. Renaud Smith a passionate fan of
powerful motorcycles, we demonstrate a
very interesting blend between sport and
custom bikes. Renaud came to see Zeel
Design with a project he had very well
imagined and perceived. Renaud wanted
to create a chopper styled motorcycle
that incorporated the performance of a
time tested Buell.
We started with an original 1998 S1 Buell
Lightning, a bike that has absolutely no
resemblance to a chopper whatsoever.
With the use of a Redneck
Engineering rigid chassis we
completely transformed the
look of the original. The rear
fender, fuel and oil tanks
are also from Redneck
Engineering. We kept the
original 1200cc V-Twin
engine but the original
Buell’s rear wheel has
been modified to accommodate
a 240 mm
tire. The front fork has
been repainted; however
we added custom risers
to the stock triple trees.
We kept the stock handlebar
controls as well.
By Kevin Rosenthall
Most Torontonians know well the Hide House’s
famous slogan “It’s worth the drive to Acton.” It is
those words I wondered as I drove to meet “La Rata”.
I’m normally just the trigger monkey
here. I like to stare at pretty
things, am always stoked to
see functional sculpture up close, and love capturing images to share with
others, thus the reason I found myself rushing to
Acton, Ontario, with a photo shoot deadline looming.
Deep in the woods lies Mena Custom Cycle on
I dare say the longest rural road name you’ll ever
see: Nassagaweya-Esquesing Townline. Say that
five times quickly. Inside I found probably the
nicest, most humble individual you’ll meet, Mr.
Julio Mena and also his jovial compatriot Daniel
Toscano, always with a joke and smile at the
ready. When I arrived, Julio was putting the finishing
touches on “La Rata”, in a scene reminiscent of the
television build off archetype – the eleventh hour
rush to deadline.