First off, I just wanted to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of Fuel Cleveland, along with the growing culture of custom motorcycles and level of talent the bar has been raised to. I feel truly privileged to get a chance at this experience.
I have been around motorcycles my whole life. I grew up with a true blue biker for a dad. There was not a day then went by that I can't remember seeing my dad dressed in leather boots, Levi blue jeans, a black T shirt and big wallet chain hanging on his side. His one and only bike until I hit my 20's was a 1950 Hydraglide with a Shovelhead power plant. Watching my dad and hearing that motorcycle out in the garage revving.. I knew what I wanted to do with my life and who I wanted to be.
Along with my love of Harley-Davidsons I also was a fan of Honda CB motorcycles and have had just about every model of CL and CB they have ever made. One of my first bigger street bikes was a '76 CB750k when I was about 20. I rode it for about a year before I decided I needed to chop it up and make it my own... and just like that I was hooked on building custom bikes. Like many of us, my first build was low budget. Hell, all I had was some old farmers stick welder, a grinder, and a vision of what I wanted it to look like.
From then until now I have worked in two independent shops- Color and Chrome in Superior, WI and currently Gilby's Street Dept. in River Falls WI. Through this experience I have worked at honing my skills in repairing every make and model of motorcycle, as well as building hot rod engines and custom bikes! I am truly lucky to be a part of Gilby's and have had a great team of co workers for the last 5 years.
Working at Gilby's has given me a lot of opportunities to build and create some very cool exotic customs. Everything from superchargers, to multiple carbs, wild induction, and even crazy length frames. Big engines and big horse power is what I am all about and it's a perfect fit! So being that I have been building a lot of cool bikes for other people I wanted to do one for myself. A couple years ago I picked up a 1982 FXR. I rode it around for a year before the crank run out got so bad, the vibrations literally cracked the cases. So I decided to strip it down and build a nice rider. The FXR was an awesome platform and it was right when the FXR craze was really starting to get big. I finished it for Sturgis 2016 and it was an instant hit. My second show I picked up two magazines, American Iron and Bikers Net. That was an experience ! It also won best FXR at the Cycle Source show . Since Sturgis, I've showed the bike over this past winter and won several more awards with it. It really inspired me to push myself more as an independent builder.
Since then, I had a few bikes on the back burner. One being this 1971 CB750 twin engine jobber that I started back when all I had was a single stall garage and stick welder. Having been invited to Fuel Cleveland, I decided to use this bike for my build and go back to my roots that lays with choppers and Honda CB750's. I am building the bike out at my house in the cold and all just like the old days and keeping this build old school and true to what so many of us started out doing! I can't wait to finish it and ride out for the show with two engines, 8 carbs, 8 pipes, and big smile on my face having this bike go from where it all started to where it will take me next.
|The beginning stages.|
|Currently I am working on putting a hard tail on the frame, making engine mounts and getting the over all look of the frame the way I want it. |