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21: Duane Ballard of DB Custom Leather

 

Physically imposing yet introverted, reclusive yet fun-loving, Duane Ballard conforms to none of the typical "chopper guy" stereotypes. Family men with tattoos on a fourth of their six-foot-three frames are common as Michael Jackson tributes these days, but Duane's reliance upon and dedication to his family is unique in this age of UFC-charged thuggery. A 20-plus year committment to alcohol-free living and a healthy obsession with '60s and '70s sci-fi only adds fuel to Duane's twisted yet heartwarming fire. 

 

Name: Duane Ballard

Age: 43



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Business: Duane Ballard Custom Leather

Town: Lake Elsinore, CA

Coworkers: My wife Lisa

Riding buddies: Alex, Kutty, Swazi Mike and the Biltwell crew

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First time on two wheels: Too young to remember. My father always rode

First hand-built motorcycle: My first ground-up build was my white CB750 Funkenstein

Earliest two-wheeled adventure: Trip with my father and his buddies to northern Arizona

Most recent two-wheeled adventure: Salton Sea—400 miles in 24 hours with overnight camping in the dirt

Current stable of bikes and projects: CB750 Funkenstein; in the middle of another custom CB750 that should be finished this summer



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Commented on 8-17-2009 At 05:55 am
 

I really dig your bikes and leather work. You probably already know it but man you got some great talent! Them cb's sure are fun huh?

Commented on 8-17-2009 At 02:31 pm
 

Nice work you do Ballard. I hope to someday have you apply your talents on one of my creations.

Commented on 8-17-2009 At 07:51 pm
 

I THINK YOUR SEXY!

Commented on 8-17-2009 At 08:15 pm
 

Me too.......

Commented on 8-17-2009 At 08:44 pm
 

Nice work, now i know who the high mileage fella with the bloody shirt is.

Commented on 8-18-2009 At 12:00 am
 

I'll make you a seat.... for one MILLION dollarssssss.....

Duane RULES!

Commented on 8-18-2009 At 12:21 am
 

wow, u r the best thing in my life. gay!!!

Commented on 8-18-2009 At 01:45 am
 

AWESOME WORK--MUCH RESPECT!

Commented on 8-18-2009 At 11:27 am
 

Another cool 21 article!!!!

Commented on 8-18-2009 At 11:34 am
 

i'm with you on the spiders and the tig welder man.

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