Inside: The Cycle Lodge


Every organization needs a command center. The prolific and talented dudes behind FMA / Born Free / Born Loser chose a non-descript tilt-up in Orange, CA as their home away from home. It may be plain on the outside, but the interior is packed with neat stuff. Inside you'll find a creative and well-merchandised display area, offices, small pick-pack and ship area, several bikes in various stages of repair and a wild collection of taxidermy and motorcycle-related artifacts. I recently sat down with Mike Davis and asked him a few questions about the set up.



Who is, and what is the Cycle Lodge? The Cycle Lodge is the FMA ,Born Loser and the Born Free headquarters. The proprietors are Grant Peterson and Harpoon (FMA) and Mike Davis (Born Loser). We all have acquired so much stuff over the years our garages were full and needed somewhere to put and display it properly so a shop made sense.


When did this A-team assemble? We have been in the shop for just over a year but we have been friends for about 5 years. While Grant and myself are doing all the Born Free show stuff  the Harpoon does his paint work and runs a man-whore service.


Do you guys have official hours and stuff or is an invite-only tree fort? No hours. We are there a lot just different times and days of the week. Appointments work best and Tuesday nights have been quite popular.


Who does what? Grant and myself conduct most of the business and are always working on our own projects . The Dr. (Aka Harpoon) sneaks in late at night and does his Doctor stuff. His secret cabinet of mystery may have things in we dare not speak of.


What's a typical weekend like at the Lodge? What would a fly on the wall see? We usually are working on our bikes, meeting customers or just staring at light mock ups. We do get quite a few friends dropping in to enjoy the many treats we have to offer... moonshine to Kit Kats.


Do you work on other people's bikes or just your own? Mainly our own but friends do drop by for a fix now and again. Come by, buy a part in the showroom/museum and install it in the service center and have a snack... it's a one stop shop.


Where did all this cool shit on display come from? Who's the hoarder? Is any of it for sale? I have a big problem collecting stuff. Alot of stuff. But I do sell it a lot of it too. Grant is battling his own demons when come to buying goods. The good doctor has mainly his personal possessions at the lodge but he will show up with parts for sale now and again. There is a lot for sale but some of the antiques and relics are for display purposes only.


Who rides what on a regular basis? Grant always rides his Shovel, Harpoon his Pan and I have been enjoying my 72 boat tail lately.


Mike, you've had more bikes than most, what's your favorite? Any you regret selling? Any idea how motorcycles have passed through your hands in the last ten years? My Panhead will always be my favorite. Yes I have regretted a couple, the most recent was a '47 Knuckle long bike. I panicked and sold it. Bad move! I also sold a 56 Triumph to a friend in Japan and I really do miss it. I just saw it in Yokohama and almost cried. I don't know for sure on how many bikes but think 75-ish would be a pretty fair guess. It's hard to say, I have a really bad memory.


How much work is going on behind the scenes for Born Free 4? More than anyone would want or care to know about. It is a full time job but it's worth it.


Anything new we should know about concerning the event? We just announced that the winner of best in show will be an invited guest to the Mooneyes show in Japan. That is a huge deal and a great honor. We also are taking Born Free and all who will follow to Sturgis.


What's the future hold? I don't really know for sure but I hope we can keep the show going and going in the right direction. It's getting tougher and more complicated. I can say for sure that we will  always love old motorcycles and that will never change.


You can visit the various sites associated with the 'Lodge here:

Born Free 4

Born Loser


Comment with Facebook


Comment with Chopcult (17)

Commented on 3-9-2012 At 07:20 am

good shit...those guys got some cool stuff! And a cool blog

Commented on 3-9-2012 At 07:37 am

Sounds like a pretty cool setup. they are livin the dream.

Commented on 3-9-2012 At 08:39 am

Cool sissy bar in pic 19.

Commented on 3-9-2012 At 09:31 am

Thanks Bill for visiting the Lodge,please come back soon.

Commented on 3-9-2012 At 01:01 pm

The Mancave to beat all other mancaves.

Commented on 3-9-2012 At 02:39 pm

Very cool. That place is a total "lair." Just needs a dj booth and a bitchin PA system and I'd never have to leave.

Commented on 3-9-2012 At 04:58 pm

'prolithic'... means for 'stone'. i guess that DOES make sense.

Commented on 3-9-2012 At 07:37 pm

This place looks like my version of heaven!

Commented on 3-9-2012 At 11:16 pm

The lodge is the "Home of the light mock-up"!
Great place,and even better guys for pipe pals on Tuesday nights, followed by a wonderful diner at the dog!

Commented on 3-10-2012 At 02:12 am

The Royal Peacock tattoo shop in downtown Sac looks kinda like that with all the taxidermi, and vintage weapons. Cool shit to look at when ur getting drilled on.

Commented on 3-10-2012 At 08:47 am

I would love to wander around in there for a while. looks like a lot of cool shit!

Commented on 3-10-2012 At 12:43 pm

awesome just awesome!

Commented on 3-10-2012 At 08:24 pm


Commented on 3-11-2012 At 12:37 am

Fuckin sick

Commented on 3-11-2012 At 10:09 am

Fucking awesome! If it were mine I'd never leave

Commented on 3-17-2012 At 10:40 pm

I was there in January,super cool place and Harpoon and Grant were real nice guys!!!

Commented on 5-12-2013 At 09:03 am

except for the Homosexuality that goes on in there....(and that's ok for those guys), it's a cool place.

Please Login to Comment


ADVERTISE    |    CONTACT    |    ©2009 - 2017 ChopCult    |    REPORT ABUSE    |    CONDUCT

Chopcult on Instagram Chopcult on Pinterest Chopcult on Tumblr Chopcult on Facebook Chopcult on Twitter