Pangea Speed's Andy Carter


Andy Carter and his Pangea Speed hand-crafted motorcycle components earned fans at ChopCult when he donated a license plate bracket to last month's Bryan Berky fundraiser. Fab skills and personal generosity of that nature are rare, and it's even more uncommon in someone so relatively young in the game. A visit to Andy's blog is all it takes to see this blue collar builder is moving his brand of inspired fab work in a clever direction.


Andy Carter

Company: Pangea Speed 

Age: 24 

Hometown: Bountiful, UT



Education: The majority of my education has been hard knocks, but these are a few of the schools I have attended: Jim Russell formula race car mechanics school, an apprenticeship with Ian Gordon racing fabrication, Utah State University and Salt Lake Community College

Experience: I have been fabricating professionally for around 5 years, and building cars, bikes and customizing everything under the sun for basically my entire life. My parents owned an industrial design and prototyping firm, so I grew up working at their shop



Past and present chopper-related clients: All my experience with choppers has been on personal builds, or playing with friends’ bikes and the occasional light fabrication project for a client, like building a sissy bar or a set of pipes

Business philosophy: To produce parts that are based on good design principals and that meet high quality standards. To design parts that perform as well as they look



In my own words: About 3 years ago I moved back to SLC after living in California for a few years. During my stay in California I graduated from formula racecar mechanics school, wrapped up a yearlong apprenticeship with Ian Gordon and worked in one of the nation’s top hot rod shops. Back in Salt Lake I continued building custom cars for a local shop. The car scene was getting kind of stale and I noticed I was focusing more of my spare time on bike. Motorcycles are so much less stress than cars; you can mess with a bike for a few hours after work and actually gain some ground. While working on my bike one night I came to the conclusion that I just wasn't digging most of the parts that were available on the market. Everything I found seemed like it was either low-quality construction, or it was really utilitarian and lacking a relevant style.





I decided I wanted to create a motorcycle parts company that built high quality parts with a defined style backing them up. For 20 years I’d hung around my parents’ shop, whose sole mission was to design stylish parts for a huge variety of industries. That experience gave me a good place to start.




How I make parts: First I hand sketch the part on paper. After considering as many different options as possible, we select a design that suits our needs from a functional and visual perspective. After we’re finished with the selection process our 3D modeler creates the part in Solidworks on a computer. With a digital 3D model we make an acrylic sample on a polyjet printer. With part in hand we can make sure everything looks and fits properly. Once we’re confident the part fits, we create tooling. After tooling, we make the final product





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Commented on 12-2-2009 At 08:07 am

Andy is as solid as they come. An honest man building honest parts and should be supported because he is what makes this scene great

Commented on 12-2-2009 At 09:17 am

Andy's seemingly endless talent and fresh design ideas make my head spin.

Thanks man - I pretty much want to rip my bikes apart and start over with your bosses, wire guides and snail tensioners.

And WTF?! He has a PLANE?!?

Commented on 12-2-2009 At 10:58 am

Andy kills it. Props, homie.

Commented on 12-2-2009 At 11:57 am

Good stuff. I just saw that bike (an XS i think) in The Horse and love it. I had seen Pangea Speed around, but its nice to know the story.
And me too GreaserMike ... WTF, a couple bikes, a hot rod, and a PLANE! rollin hard my friend, rollin hard.

Commented on 12-2-2009 At 12:27 pm

C-weet set up for the garage. I like the sissy bar with wing nuts.

Commented on 12-2-2009 At 01:29 pm

Andy has the Biggest garage door Too!

Commented on 12-2-2009 At 01:49 pm

Bomb diggidy bomb on your sleds. Holy crap. I 3rd that "WTF a plane" sentiment! Just awesome to see someone living life to the fullest and creating quality to boot.

Commented on 12-2-2009 At 03:45 pm

Obviously, these images have been photoshopped to make it appear Andy's life is that much cooler than mine. It's the only explanation!!!!!

Commented on 12-2-2009 At 03:47 pm

Yeah those cast bosses and cable guides are really cool..

And yeah, wtf you can't have a plane in your garage and not mention it!

Commented on 12-2-2009 At 04:19 pm

Great stuff, love that tail light, lots of toys to play with,unreal.

Commented on 12-2-2009 At 05:49 pm

Your cafe is bad ass as are those tensioners!

Commented on 12-2-2009 At 06:03 pm

holy shit I just saw those coped bosses on their website and they bugged me out.

And the chain tensioners. Time to give the VISA another belting.

Commented on 12-2-2009 At 07:10 pm

Wow, killer fab work!!!! And a fuckin plane in the garage! Is it a 350 or a 400?

Commented on 12-2-2009 At 08:41 pm

Great parts. Great details. Those axle adjusters rule. Keep up the good work.

Commented on 12-2-2009 At 10:36 pm

Andy is stupid nice. His work is top notch and one of the best XS' i have ever seen. Did i mention he's STUPID nice

Commented on 12-2-2009 At 10:51 pm

thanks for all the kind words you guys! that means a ton to me. as for the plane...... my dad is kind enough to let me shack up in his hanger, he built that plane from scratch when i was a kid. as for the rd its a 74 350. if you guys email me and let me know your on chop cult i will give you 10% off your order.

Commented on 12-3-2009 At 01:45 am

10% CC discounts! Andy my man, you are too generous. Thanks a million for all your support. Thanks for going under the CC WCH microscope.

Commented on 12-3-2009 At 08:02 am

That's pretty much what I want my garage to look like

Commented on 12-3-2009 At 08:59 am

just bitchin period

Commented on 12-3-2009 At 11:02 am

some good lookin stuff - and if my brother is the first to chime in backin it, i know its solid - whats the deal with them footpegs - went to the linked site but didnt find em

Commented on 12-3-2009 At 04:12 pm

Great piece of work Andy, I really think that CAD/CAM parts are the future, even for old-school bikes.

Commented on 12-3-2009 At 06:46 pm

yep , andy's a good dude, use to work with him down here in california, buildin hot rods, guys always got good ideas for buildin stuff, killer machinist too!

Commented on 12-3-2009 At 08:28 pm

Andy your work is clean and your parts have an old soul feel/look about them.

Commented on 12-3-2009 At 09:00 pm

im glad to see people get a good way; its carma you know do good things and good things happen. nice work man...sweet plane by the way. stay groovy.

Commented on 12-3-2009 At 10:45 pm

yeah the foot pegs and kicker had some redesign work to be done so i printed the masters for the casting mold tonight. thanks again for all the feed back. harold, c.c. has so many rad bikers on it that 10% off is worth hooking up good people.

Commented on 12-4-2009 At 08:37 am

Andy, dig the work and parts. That cast stuff is ruling!

Commented on 1-7-2010 At 12:03 am

that axle adjuster is sick!

Commented on 1-25-2010 At 09:51 am

Damn.....thats some sick shit Holmes

Commented on 2-14-2010 At 03:36 pm

quiet different then most.

Commented on 12-24-2010 At 09:17 pm

dont know how i missed this before your line of products just keeps getting better and better great job man

Commented on 2-1-2012 At 10:17 am

That a Harmon Rocket in there? I was building an RV8 from '96-'00, but sold it once I completed the airframe and hung the engine. Got into racing and just didn't have the time. Props to you all your stuff looks good, best of luck.

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