I have crossed paths with Nick Galaura numerous times over the years, most recently at Biltwell's So-Cal Aidan's Ride where he was operating his coffee truck, The Cat Mobile, which serves tasty BlackCat Coffee. Nick consistently has a smile on his face, and seems forever stoked on life. I don't know if it comes from the high-caffeinated drinks surging through his body or he's just programmed that way. My bet is on the latter. When Nick isn't serving up an excellent cup of joe to fellow enthusiasts, you can find him ripping up the streets with his friends and business partner, Cory Linman.
Nick and I recently spoke about him joining the family, and I am proud to say it has now officially happened. I figured the best way to introduce Nick to the community is by showcasing his motorcycle. Nick reached out to photographer and friend Jesse Contreras to help attain the needed imagery. We're equally thrilled that Jesse has decided to join our family as well. I plan on showcasing more of Jesse's photography in an upcoming feature, but until then here's a tasty morsel. Enjoy!
Photos by Jesse Contreras
Owner name, location: Nick Galaura - Westminster, CA
ChopCult member: NikoTheLesser
Bike name: Judith. There’s a painting by Artemisia Gentileschi named, “Judith Slaying Holofernes.” The story behind that painting comes from a bible-era battle where Judith, a beautiful widow, entered Holofernes’ camp, Holofernes was a general trying to invade her city. Judith makes her way into his camp, seduces him and then cuts off his head. It’s pretty gnarly. Whole new meaning to that saying, “Cute but stabby.”
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 2014 Iron 883 + S&S Cycle Hooligan 1200 Conversion Kit + Vance & Hines VO2 Naked Air Cleaner
Frame: Stock 2014 Harley Davidson Iron 883
Fork: TC Bros +6” over tubes, Speed Merchant Triple Trees, Racetech Springs, TrackerDie Dampeners
Chassis mods: Burly Brand Slammer Shocks - I don't know if that counts as a "Mod."
Tire/wheel size and style: 21" front + 16" rear spokes.
Favorite thing about this bike: I think my favorite thing has to be the rear fender, fabricated and painted by Joel Meyer-England. I have always been a massive fan of Crazy Frank Fenders, so when I was rebuilding my bike and having Joel paint it, I asked him if he would be willing to also build out his take on the Frank Fender. Joel's caliber of work is always incredible, and he is just the sweetest human being. 10/10! I will always recommend him for both work and friendship.
Next modification will be: I found some chrome-covered Shovelhead shocks that I'd like to throw on to this bike. I feel like it would tie up the overall look that I've been shooting for. I'd also really like to find or make a rad king/queen seat that will sit flush with the rear fender. The next real significant addition would be to work to fabricate a 2-in-1 fishtail exhaust but make it a little unconventional. Reid McCleary of MacSpeed Cycles and I have been talking about a few fun ideas.
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc.:
-EMD Killer Parts Shovelhead-Style Rocker Boxes
-TrackerDie Chain Conversion
-TrackerDie Skatewheel Shifter/Spitfire Formula Four Wheels
-SUDO Cycles Acrylic Points Cover -Vicious Cycles Resin Lucky Cat Aircaps
-Burly Brand Slammer Shocks
-KickerParts Vintage WWII Bayonet Sissy Bar
-Biltwell Sanderson Foot Pegs
-Biltwell HB Rolled Top 2-up Seat
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: This bike is the result of a stupid accident and a bunch of friends coming out to support someone. It's me; I'm that someone. Last July, I got in a crash. My entire front end was destroyed, I flattened my front my MAG wheel and completely destroyed my front end. I broke my left hand and sprained my wrists, and it was the worst. People brought meals to my house and sent so much encouragement my way. Every single person that worked on this bike while I was all busted up was, and still is, a friend. My new wheels were provided by two different friends, one I've never actually met in person (Thanks Morgan and Mikey). Three days after my accident, Joel had my tins ready. Steve and Cory from TrackerDie took such good care of me, putting my bike back together and allowing me to be super annoying with exactly how I wanted everything set up and wired and being honest with me when an idea I had was super dumb. The bars were made by my friend, Reid. I got connected to Joey Robinson, who got me on the Hooligan Kit, through Kenny Compton-owner of Coffin Culture. I even made friends with the guy that sold me that dual headlight, James, through Cycle Dope. The entire experience truly showed me what this community is about, and I am here for it. And bonus, the bike looks way better than it ever did. So that's tight.
Thanks to Jesse Contreras-truly one of my closest friends and favorite photographers, ALL of the buddies at Biltwell, TrackerDie, the internet, Instagram, friendship, Thai food, and of course, most of all, Lisa Ballard of ChopCult. -Nick
Website: www.blackcatmoto.com - Facebook - @nickgalaura
Photos by Jesse Contreras
Go to https://www.aidanhasaposse.org/ to learn more about the Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation and Aidan's Rides.