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
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!
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
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