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Darren LePage's Evo Sporty

 

When I met Darren LePage in 2007, he was eating breakfast at a Hoboken diner with some other Garden State bikeriders. After swapping names and handshakes, I threw an awkward softball to the man in the Wingmen cut to break the ice. "Hey Darren, that's a cool wizard tat on your arm. What does it mean?" Now most MC members would have choked a clown like me for a question like that, but Darren is no ordinary biker. Instead, a big smile washed over his grizzled face and he chuckled, "That ain't a wizard you knucklehead, it's Uncle Sam!"

Since then I've hung out with Darren and his Wingmen MC brothers on rides, rallies and trade shows. On every ocassion, the manhugs grow heartier and the bro downs become more fun and relaxed. Save for his leather vest with three back patches and a splash of club awards on the lapel, Darren LePage displays none of the classic MC bluster or bravado. What I see in Darren is what most people get: a talented motorcycle builder, a serious riding partner and a loyal friend.

I've been in the Wingmen for 16 years. Six years ago I transferred out of the New York chapter and started the New Jersey chapter in South Hackensack with a few other brothers.

The Wingmen Motorcycle Club originated at a US military base in Boscomantico near Verona, Italy. It was the home of the Combat Support Company, 1st Battalion of the 509th Airborne Combat Team. In the spring of 1976 a member of the Ft. Lewis "Freedom Riders" started the chapter, but the original center patch consisted of an American Eagle instead of the home chapter's center patch.

In the summer of 1978 that military post closed, and they joined the rest of the battalion in Vicenza, Italy, where the club continued to grow. It was in Vicenza that the Freedom Riders picked up a new member who informed the club that the founding member in Verona had been thrown out of the Ft. Lewis Freedom Riders and had no authorization to start a new chapter. At a club meeting on the 4th of July, 1979, the members voted to change their name to the "Wingmen Motorcycle Club," a term used to describe the way two pilots fly and cover one another. The original center eagle patch was kept and the club stayed "All American."

 

When one of the members returned to Ft. Bragg, NC, in August 1979, he received a copy of the Wingmen charter and started to put a chapter together for the other returning paratroopers.

With many civilian riders joining the Wingmen's ranks, the States-based club did not stay all military for long. By the spring of 1985, enough men had passed through the chapter's ranks and been assigned to Fort Benning, GA, that the Columbus chapter was formed. From that point, former members at other bases began to build chapters. The Wingmen can be found all over the United States partying with each other, and other clubs. Brotherhood and the spirit of Harley-Davidson keeps The Wingmen MC united.

 

Builder/owner: Darren LePage

Bike: Psycho Bitch

Frame: Paughco, 2-up, 4-out, 30° rake

Motor: 1993 1200XL with Weisco hi-comp pistons, N4 Andrews cams, S&S super E carb

Fork: 39mm 6-over with Franks tubes and shaved trees. I had a DNA springer on it the first season and was not happy with the handling so off it went

Wheels: Stock Sporty mags 19"/16" front/rear

Tires: Dunlops front and rear

Notes: I built this bike for my wife almost five years ago, and when I took it out for a shakedown ride it handled so nice I decided to keep it for myself. It might be time for new paint and a new gas tank

To learn more about Darren's Bergen County, NJ Wingmen MC chapter, go here.


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Commented on 9-27-2010 At 01:25 pm
 

Clean and classy. I dig the toned down paint, although I'm not too crazy about the stretched tank. Definitely a sweet sporty...

Commented on 9-27-2010 At 03:32 pm
 

Clean bike that blows doors. I'm lucky to call Darren a friend and always look forward to riding/hanging with him. The Wingmen are great guys and gracious hosts!

Commented on 9-27-2010 At 07:46 pm
 

Sweet Sport!! Like the grey paint. Grey is the new black!

Commented on 9-27-2010 At 09:16 pm
 

nice story, cool bike Darren.

Commented on 9-27-2010 At 09:19 pm
 

nice story, cool bike Darren.

Commented on 9-27-2010 At 09:30 pm
 

Bad ass bike and a hell of a nice guy.

Commented on 9-27-2010 At 09:31 pm
 

That guy is cool!
There's a reason why he's known as #1 in some circles.

Commented on 9-27-2010 At 10:32 pm
 

Long beard Check
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This guy is a great guy to know. I have ridden many miles through the NY woods and city streets even though we live a few hundred miles apart. Don't let the harsh exterior fool you. DSL lives the bros mentality of a helping hand. Glad to know you. See you soon. Tim

Commented on 9-27-2010 At 10:33 pm
 

Long beard Check
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This guy is a great guy to know. I have ridden many miles through the NY woods and city streets even though we live a few hundred miles apart. Don't let the harsh exterior fool you. DSL lives the bros mentality of a helping hand. Glad to know you. See you soon. Tim

Commented on 9-27-2010 At 10:34 pm
 

Long beard Check
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Colors Check
Gravely biker voice Check
Bad Ass Scoot Check

This guy is a great guy to know. I have ridden many miles through the NY woods and city streets even though we live a few hundred miles apart. Don't let the harsh exterior fool you. DSL lives the bros mentality of a helping hand. Glad to know you. See you soon. Tim

Commented on 9-27-2010 At 10:34 pm
 

Long beard Check
Ponytail Check
Tattoos Check
Colors Check
Gravely biker voice Check
Bad Ass Scoot Check

This guy is a great guy to know. I have ridden many miles through the NY woods and city streets even though we live a few hundred miles apart. Don't let the harsh exterior fool you. DSL lives the bros mentality of a helping hand. Glad to know you. See you soon. Tim

Commented on 9-27-2010 At 10:58 pm
 

Hit the reply button check
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Hahahahaha!

Commented on 9-27-2010 At 11:03 pm
 

Gigastatt are you tweaking again? Lay off the pipe, son!

Commented on 9-28-2010 At 01:10 am
 

Darren is a great guy with an awesome bike. Nice write up guys!

Tim, Lay off the dust buddy.

Commented on 9-28-2010 At 02:02 am
 

Tim thanks for the kind words but 5 times?!? I think you have a crush on me.

Commented on 9-28-2010 At 03:35 am
 

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMModern technology gotta love it. Tim

Commented on 9-28-2010 At 06:03 pm
 

Give him a break, it was his first time noticing his new man-crush!

Good to hang with you Darren, better for having met ya for sure!

Commented on 9-28-2010 At 06:06 pm
 

Darren rules! That cat is 100% pure class.

Commented on 9-29-2010 At 12:38 am
 

sweet ride my brother!!!! long county ga..9339

Commented on 9-29-2010 At 10:19 am
 

Love that bike. Number 1 aint a bad dude either for sure.

Commented on 9-29-2010 At 01:02 pm
 

diggin it, all but the stretched tank, looks a little too American Iron Horse for me

Commented on 9-30-2010 At 08:27 pm
 

awesome bike. awesome guy. Had a good time riding & talking with you on the Gypsy Run.

Commented on 9-30-2010 At 11:02 pm
 

one of the first guys i look for when i get down that way, and i loved trying to keep up with ya leaving brooklyn, i believe the exact words were "yeah ill take it easy, i dont want to lose her off the back" riiiiiight (makes em hold on tighter right buddy lol)

Commented on 10-10-2011 At 04:01 pm
 

Sweet bike and a great story!!

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