Depending on from which Zip code it originates, approbation for the Golden State can run hot or cold. I know denizens of the Bay Area who dismiss Orange County natives as boorish louts too sunblind to recognize their own self-absorption. Mention The Golden State to any octagenarian south of the Mason-Dixon Line and you'll hear every epithet from "Hollywood fruitcake" to "bleeding-heart liberal." I've lived in California for nearly 30 years and I still don't know what to make of the place. For instance, within 100 miles of my SoCal home there are more Brit bike afficionados, big-twin specialists, painters, players and fabricators than you can shake a chain wallet at.
Last year SoCal swap meet buddies Shawn Donahue and Scott Craig combined talents and created Bronsonville Custom Cycles. Say what you want about the Golden State, but these guys know how to build badass motorcycles. Join us as Shawn gives CC readers an inside peek at the small but productive one-stop motorcycle shop Rico Fodrey affectionately calls the Pomona Fab Circus.
Bronsonville was founded by Scott and I in 2010. We met about four years ago at a swap meet and we've been hangin out ever since. Scott and I had always talked about collaborating on builds so we combined his "Chopperville" paint services with my fab shop and "Bronsonville" was born. Anyone who's followed the vintage custom "scene" for any length of time might be familiar with Scott Craig's work. He's been putting out very clean, classic bikes for some time now. I'm a tile and stone contractor by trade and have always done the bike thing as a hobby. A couple years ago on the way home from picking up a bike in Arizona I was involved in a car accident that left me with a broken back that ended my construction career. It was a blessing in disguise, however, since it forced me to do something else.
While out of work I focused on building and fabricating motorcycles until I could find a real job. I worked informally out of my friend Josh's hot rod shop on my own projects, but when I started getting "customers" it seemed like it was time to get my own workspace. A couple months later I found the shop we're in now. We've built about five bikes as a team so far, with more coming in the future. Some of our most recent bikes were on display at Born Free 3. We had a '46 knucklehead and a '68 shovelhead in the invited builder's area, as well as a '61 pan/shovel, a '52 Triumph and a '57 panhead at our booth.
Scott and I both share the design, assembly, and maintenance roles at our shop. Scott specializes in paint and my main focus is fabrication. Today both of us do this full-time. To reach us, just send an email with your phone number and one of us will give you a call.