Frank cuts a dashing ( ? ) road figure in '73. Check out the bike, and double-check those Frye harnass-strap boots. Frank was stylin'! Yep, that's our boy. Allright Frank! From his Easyrider magazine days, around '79 Frank Kaisler today......
A person who I have mucho respect for is Frank Kaisler. Good friend, wordsmith, builder, rider, editor, historian, photographer extrordinare - there aren't enough descriptive words for Frank. If there was a poster person for seeing it all, doing it all, and doing it again, it would be this guy. When I come to L.A., outside of my Sinner Brothers there are three people I absolutely always visit - Pat Leahy, Superco Trevelen, and Frank.
Frank Kaisler has been immersed in the motorcycle world forever. I think when Frank was cutting teeth, his mom gave him a Harley kickstand to gnaw on. I even have a Roth Choppers Magazine from July '69 with a letter from Frank, with a picture of his then chopper in the letters column. From his early days in MD., hanging with people like the legendery Sonny Routt, and Jack Burns, on to his days with Easyriders, and into his work for Peterson Publishing and Primedia, and his editorialship for Hot Rod Bikes, and BikeWorks, Franks' portfolio is pretty impressive. But, a more down to earth, genuine guy you'd be hard pressed to find in this business.
I finally got to meet Frank personally in Sturgis one year, and once we got rolling, I thought I knew a lot of people, but Frank knows those people too, and everybody else besides. There isn't anybody that Frank doesn't know in this business, and he can give you a short ( ? ) biography on each one of them from memory, if you twist his arm (yeah, right....like you have to do that!). Plus, his general automotive and motorcycle history knowledge is extensive, not to mention his historical knowledge of Sothern California itself is truly amazing.
You've all seen his photographic skills in shooting feature bikes, articles, and events over the years, and I'll just say I think that there are two people in this business that can absolutely capture the feeling and personality of a motorcycle event, and one of them is Frank Kaisler. And, his eye for the girls at these events is pretty sharp, too! I had the pleasure of having Mr. Kaisler shoot my White Heat bike for Street Chopper magazine, out in Long Beach, right in the middle of Jesse's No Love Party one year. There were a couple thousand people riding and walking by, and Frank never flinched once as he worked.
So, right now, why isn't Frank heading up some custom bike publication? What pencilnecks are overlooking this guy when it comes to the job of editor? I think it's a goddamned shame that Frank isn't at the helm of some custom bike magazine anymore, and the sooner he gets back to where he deserves to be, the better off the whole custom bike world is gonna be for it.