Don’t get me wrong by the title of this article as I am sure it will insult the very
builders reading this. Know truly that I admire all of you and your art. I mean
that. And while generations before me look back at the builders that made
them want to trade in their vocations to become grease monkeys, such as Von
Dutch, George Barris, Arlen Ness, and Mondo, Generation X was witness to
my brand of admiration that was influenced by those who have fallen from our
horizon for various tragic reasons.
- Billy is doing his time in the most honourable of ways.
- Larry died while doing what he loved most.
- Jesse has evolved from West Coast gangster to southern gentleman.
- The Teutals are still feuding.
The 8th edition of the AMD World Championship of
Custom Bike Building took place in Sturgis, South
Dakota on August 7, 2011. This event is known as a
pinnacle of sort for many custom bike builders around
the world. This show is really distinguished from others
as it is recognized more like a display of engineering
and design. The competitors come from all corners of
the earth including Argentina, Finland, Russia and Japan
to name a few. This high level international competition
is incomparable since builders – who although share a
common passion – express themselves in various ways
while taking as a starting point their respective cultures.
That’s what explains the richness of this event!
The judging and point system is quite unique. Each
participant and VIP guest is asked to judge the motorcycles
that are grouped in four distinct classes: modified
Harley, performance ...
The incredibly customized bike you see before you was shaped by the expert hands of Roger Harris, owner-operator of
Cherry Customs centred in the Okanagan. This midnight rider was first conceived with help from Roger’s good friend
Doug over at Metalsport Wheels in California. A while back Doug introduced Roger to the new world of crazy looking
twenty-six-inch front wheels. As the story goes Roger wanted to get into building Hot Rod looking baggers and seeing
the extreme styling of the new spherically shaped alloy the production was on! With a quick call to Jim Nasi Customs out
in Phoenix, Arizona, Roger was quickly in possession of one of their touring conversion kits that fit perfectly on the 2009
Harley-Davidson. To give the bike some severe attitude the bike’s frame neck was cut, stretched and angled to perfectly
embrace the big twenty-six incher. The headlight nacelle was reworked ...
When Gilby Clarke is not off on some worldwide tour
or playing one of his Les Paul’s on the Sunset Strip
in Hollywood, he’s rolling on two wheels. He’s been
spotted on them everywhere, from the grimy backstreets
of Hollywood to the cover of Hot Bike Magazine to our
very own Revolution Magazine in recent months. Gilby
Clarke is no stranger to the limelight whilst slinging his
guitar and belting out vocals on lighted stages worldwide.
Yet it bewilders me that he can still find time
to get knee deep and wrench on his rides. On this
occasion his very own ride takes centre stage.
When I caught up with Gilby, this time he
was hip on sharing his most recent project
that features many of his very own hand
machined parts. Using a 1965 FL 74
cubic inch Panhead outfitted with
an S&S E carb ...