Seeing what Larry Pierce and the crew at Garage Company Customs in Pelham, Alabama, can do in a month should make most of us pack up our tools and take up an easier pastime. Larry's bike proves a lack of time is no excuse for a lack of detail. And no, the photos aren't flipped, so save those emails. The paint looks like that in real life and it's just one of the head-turning features on this neat machine.
Owner name, location: Randy Dow, Birmingham Alabama
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: S&S Panhead
Frame: Bare Knuckle Choppers Wishbone Frame
Fork: HD Repop Springer
Tire/wheel size and style: 18in rear w/moon discs and firestone, 23in front w/JR’s spool
Favorite thing about this bike: Sounds like a drag car with a 1 chamber Flowmaster and is fast as shit.
Next modification will be: Replacing the smoked ass rear tire…
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Handmade bars, pipes, tanks, foot controls, air cleaner, tail light, seat
Backstory: We got a letter inviting us to build a bike for the Artistry in Iron Master Builder Championship in Vegas back in March of 2010. I thought that maybe they had fucked up and sent the invite to the wrong shop but turns out they didn’t. So we were stoked but broke and really didn’t have the cheese to build another shop project at the moment. So we just went about our business hoping to win the Lotto to fund this thing. In the meantime one of our good customers named Randy hit me up on building a new bike. He wanted something vintage-style but with newer components. I tried to convince him to run an OG pan but he wasn’t havin' it. He wanted something that would blow the tire off. With that being said I ordered the frame, motor, etc. Come August we headed to Sturgis for bike week and while we were there I hit Randy up to see if he’d let us build his bike for Artistry in Iron. He said hell yes. Short story long, we got back from Sturgis and pretty much built the entire deal in 30 days. Two days before we were supposed to leave for Vegas I got a call saying three of my immediate family members had been killed. At that point the bike wasn’t finished and I didn’t think I was going to be able to make it in time. So a HUge thank-you to Stewie, Nick and everyone else that jumped in and got the bike done when I couldn’t be there so we could make the show. You guys rule. Didn’t win the show due to a RAD knuckle that the Italian Stallion at LA Speed Shop built, But still had a great time.
Thanks: Jayme at Blue Moon Kustoms
"One Way" Stu Lewis
Nick Resty and the Haints
Bob Ross at South Paw Machine
You can see more of Garage Company Custom's work here