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21: Rico Fodrey of Hi Bond Modified

Most recent two-wheeled adventure: Fuck—which day of the week? Last week I watched the rotary-powered "Swazzuki" do a fifth gear burnout ‘til the tire burned off, then there was my four buddies riding their street Hogs on the dirt speedway track. That same week two friends crashed on the freeway and were airlifted away

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Current stable of bikes and projects: ‘73 ridgid shovel, ‘76 Honda 750 chopper, ‘63 pan, ‘47 knuckle, ‘91 ridgid Evo, ‘41 knuckle, ‘76 shovel

Tool I wish I had but don't: A wheel truing stand and Buchannan’s instruction video (forgot who I loaned it to.) Pipe expander, a four-speed clutch gear puller. I’ve been rigging ‘em for 20 years and I still haven’t bought a proper one

Tool I have but wish I didn't: Cebora—a mini pocket pulse TIG welder

Heaven on Earth: Wyoming 100+ miles from anything, sleeping in the dirt next to 30-year-old choppers with two of the best cross-country riding buddies David Mann ever imagined!

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Proudest moment: I’ve been so blessed & lucky—it’s an even split between building the bike and being crew chief for the motorcycle that was on the 1996 Bonneville speed week poster or helping Cole Foster start and ride his Blue Bobber for the first time. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it. That fucker destroyed my world with his first two-wheeled build! Cole let me accept his first-place trouphy at the last real GNRS up north

Darkest secret: I’ve never actually been penetrated back there

Deepest fear: That I’ll be building high-tech yuppie bikes in my shop and throwing together shit box choppers for friends in my garage. This was the joke behind my first Hi Bond Modified stickers we printed in the ‘90s. Our joke at the time was that shitty old modified bikes would become so popular, the state would require us to bond them and register them, like a locksmith or a boxer’s fists. Jason Jesse saw those stickers and said, "Its the price we pay for our modified lifestyle." Cole laughed and said they have to charge us more because we were using “yesterday’s technology today!” My biggest fear is that it’s all coming true

Biggest regret: Not learning a profitable trade so I could just play with motorcycles. Sometimes working on these shit boxes for money takes the fun out of it

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Reason for being: The joy I get from helping people have two-wheeled orgasms. Nothing makes life more worth living than being part of the passion, joy and empowerment motorcycling provides

If I lost my right arm: You mean if I lost it doing something right, or doing something wrong?  I’d be fucked either way. If you can’t hug you may as well not live!

Thanks: Dad, Neil Redfearn, Dave Ramos, Dave Hanson, Wink Eller, Jay Magera (stress mc), Jimmy Intveld, Marty, JJ, Cole, Eric “Flip Flap” Webb, Mommy, Pat Foster, Bud Greenleaf, Leo Hess, The Sinners, the shirtless Swazi crew


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Commented on 8-1-2009 At 02:28 pm
 

sweet man.

Commented on 8-1-2009 At 02:44 pm
 

They broke the mold after Rico... he's a true rulin' motherfucker!

Commented on 8-1-2009 At 07:49 pm
 

Pretty awesome.

Commented on 8-1-2009 At 07:50 pm
 

"If you can’t hug you may as well not live!"
amen

Commented on 8-1-2009 At 11:17 pm
 

One armed hugs are not hugs!

Commented on 8-2-2009 At 05:01 am
 

He's a good kisser.

Commented on 8-2-2009 At 11:03 pm
 

Hey man I wanna read the rest of the story.

Commented on 8-2-2009 At 11:07 pm
 

i dig the profile, keep em comin!

Commented on 8-2-2009 At 11:52 pm
 

We have nearly a dozen 21: profiles on tap for you guys, so stay tuned. Thanks again to Rico for breaking our cherry on this recurring ChopCult feature.

Commented on 8-3-2009 At 05:23 pm
 

Good read!! Choppertown: The Sinners is one of, if not THE best Chopper video I've seen!!

Commented on 8-3-2009 At 11:26 pm
 

Rico seems super cool and laid back, really enjoyed this profile!

Commented on 8-4-2009 At 02:46 am
 

i really feel like i know Rico from watching the dvd's. there is a sincerity to him that gets me every time i watch it, which is like every night. great movie

Commented on 8-4-2009 At 03:39 am
 

This is fuckin great. I just started reading everything and what a great start. Perfect person to start this profile thing with.

Commented on 8-4-2009 At 09:02 pm
 

Good article. Choppertown was a great film. Seems like a genuine good guy. Wish there were more of them around.

Commented on 8-6-2009 At 12:41 am
 

Hell Rico I was rideing my first Harley before you were born!! Rico is the one person i would like to meet before i die,

Commented on 8-6-2009 At 01:33 pm
 

I must have watched choppertown like 200 times. Rico's way of doing things and the love that he has for all of his friends is what riding and wrenching are all about.

Commented on 8-7-2009 At 08:22 pm
 

rico seems like a great guy, anybody thats so dedicated to helping guys get on and stay on two wheels is ok in my book. great way to start off the profile feature, keep em commin

Commented on 8-8-2009 At 04:52 am
 

rad.
great photos.
great bio.

Commented on 8-11-2009 At 04:44 am
 

Right On!!!

Commented on 10-12-2009 At 02:39 am
 

That Honda he has in one of those pics is sweet asssssss!!!!!

Commented on 3-6-2010 At 07:32 pm
 

Yeah he is a ruler for sho! Watching Choppertown the sinnners this very moment.

Commented on 4-11-2010 At 10:59 am
 

Never met him but he seems like a stand up guy! Nice write up!

Commented on 6-4-2010 At 02:20 pm
 

Nice 48 Pan.

Commented on 6-26-2010 At 02:23 pm
 

right on man keep hammerin'

Commented on 9-13-2010 At 05:26 am
 

Venice to Cachuma?! Thats tight!

Commented on 2-12-2011 At 06:42 pm
 

Whats cool is that he is so cool that he just doesn't realize how cool he is.

Commented on 4-5-2011 At 02:40 am
 

The world needs more people like Rico.....Good Vibes!

Commented on 1-12-2014 At 11:27 pm
 

Hi Rico , I wish I could learn from you!!!!

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