One Question Interview: August Edition

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One question interview time - you know you’ve been craving it. In this months segment we asked all our favorite greasebags the following question:

What’s your favorite part about building a bike?

There seems to be a reoccurring theme when you look at the answers as a group, but I’ll let you figure that out on your own Einstein. Some answers are expected, some are not - good stuff to dig through.

As always, I love to hear you guys (yes YOU) answer the question as well, so use the comments section to drop some knowledge/sarcasm/humor/wit/etc…With that said, onto the show. (Make sure to click read more to check out all the answers).

Kevin Baas | Baas Metal Craft | www.baasmetalcraft.com
My favorite part of building a bike is seeing all the parts I’ve collected and scrounged through swap meets and friends etc. come together along with all the ideas in my head to a final running scooter. Each bike I build has cool stories of where things came from and memories of the build that will never be forgotten.


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Ian | Bad Monkey Motorworks | www.badmonkeymotorworks.blogspot.com
It’s about an even split between the feeling of firing it up for the first time and the first time you actually ride it up the road. The first time the motor comes to life, the pipes are roaring and the belt drive is spinning around is pretty sweet. The first ride is really fuckin’ good too though. When I’m at the edge of the shop driveway, put it in gear and pull out into the street for the first time, yeah, that’s a unique feeling. Every bike I’ve built, I feel nervous and excited at the same time. Then you’re rolling up the road and all the thoughts hit you about whether you remembered to tighten everything up good and you’re listening close to the bike for any weird noises that may signal impending disaster in a hellacious fireball on the side of the road.

That first ride definitely makes all the work you put into the bike feel worth it.

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Flatiron Mike
My TWO favorite parts are designing the bike in my mind and kick starting the bike to life. Everything in between is frustrating. Really.

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Steve | Brew Racing | www.brewracingframes.com
I enjoy most 2 parts on a bike build. I enjoy building and modifying engines. Always a new idea on an engine comes during the build. I also enjoy building the frame and other components. I never build any of my own bikes with any drawings. As I set the frame jig I am constantly thinking on how I want this one to look like in the end. As the build comes to the end I am already thinking on my next build and start searching for engine parts.

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Christian | Xian Leather | www.xianleather.com
When you think you have it all planned out, its in your head and coming together… and then Boom!! The idea that changes it all and really makes that bike look the way it should comes along.

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Don Hutchinson | Hutchinson Cycles | www.triumphman.com
The original fabrication / mock-up is cool but the best part is feeling the bulge in your pocket when it leaves and you move on to the next one!

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Wes | Four Aces Cycles | www.fouracescycle.com
My favorite part of building a bike is kicking it over for the first time. This is when you become most keenly aware that you are bringing something back to life that has been dormant for years, maybe even decades.

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Zach | Chop Shop Cycles | www.chopshopcycles.com
I think the best part about building a bike is when you have just finished the mock up and the bike has finally taken on its identity. It has all its lines and shapes figured out. I think the bike just has this great raw look that has not been changed by paint or finishing touches. It is pure. That is my favorite part.

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Paul | Bare Knuckle Choppers | www.bareknucklechoppers.com
The best part about building a new bike is the fresh canvas feel that you get. Whether starting with a pile of original parts, or starting from the ground up building a new frame, you get to dictate exactly how that bike is going to enter it’s being. Some owner down the road may alter it or even improve upon it, but when you build a new bike, that’s your baby. Creation at it’s best. Well, second best.

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Truth | Choppahead | www.choppahead.com
The weird sense of satisfaction, nostalgia, and god complex that you get from haven taken a pile of parts that may have never seen the light of day again, and parts that didn’t exist before you created them, and putting them together into something that is on the road now.

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Caleb | Cro Customs | www.crocustoms.com
RIDING IT!

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Lock Baker | E-Fab | www.easternfabrications.com
My favorite part is building the fuel tank. The tank seems to give the bike a huge part of its personality, and I tend to make strange ones.

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Ken | Biker Radio Magazine | www.bikerradiomagazine.com
The best part about building a bike is the collection of the parts that I have in mind. I have been planning this bike for a long time and the really cool thing is the hunt for what I want and picking it out, up or having something made. I really don’t want much from catalogues. I got the wheels second hand, the springer is custom but it was what I wanted, the transmission has been gutted for a new case and all the rest like that. Planning the forward controls to be something now seen on every hog in the barn is another thing. I hope the project takes more time. I just dig the experience.

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Clay Rathburn | Atom Bomb Customs | www.atombombcustom.com
Well, riding it the first time is so obvious it shouldn’t count as an answer…

I build the majority of my frames in house, so I’d have to say finishing the frame is my favorite part. Or just frames in general may be my favorite part, being able to put everything exactly where it needs to be on a given build. But getting the frame done, and set up with an engine and wheels, it’s just real cool to sit there and look at it, it tells you what it wants for a tank and fender, etc. Painting is a close second in the favorite department, because I usually get to put that off on my buddy Painter Chris.

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Rich | Ryzart | www.ryzart.com
Favorite part of building a bike is trying to match what you had pictured in your head. Sometimes it can even be better than what you had envisioned which is cool. Also taking that first spin on your bike when its finally all put together……..

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Scott | Choppertown | www.choppertown.com
My favorite part about building a bike, besides basking in the finished product, is the journey. I was just in NY seeing family and old friends. It’s always great seeing everyone, but one of the more exciting things I did while I was there was work on my friend AJ’s Triumph with him. He’s always working on something, and when I’m back in NY he makes sure he has enough work for me to join in on the fun. This time we mounted an oil bag on his bobber. We were in his backyard hanging out in his small shed, where you can find AJ building bikes on his spare time, holding his new aluminum oil bag and trying to think up the best way to mount her. Every inch of mounting that bag was fun. Throwing creative ideas back and forth, turning scrap metal we found on the floor into beautiful brackets, knocking back a few beers and of course sitting back and looking at the finished product. It’s always the journey.

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Joel | Image One High Performance Art | www.imageoneart.com
Hands down the first fire/first ride because you need that when you’re that far in, because you have no doubt been plagued by a bunch of dumb shit trying to get to either point, that you need those things to keep your sanity. Its great motivation to get through all the tedious finish work, but you gotta be disciplined after the shakedown miles and finish it or it will never happen, we’ve all been there.

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Chris Nardi | Bernardi’s Vintage Speed Shop
There are a lot of great things about building a bike.
-Making parts work together that werent designed to be together.
-Meeting up with friends for help and to swap parts around.
-Creating something with your own two hands.

The best part for me in the first time you kick it over and it actually works. The sound of the engine firing after all that hard work and years of it not functioning. Bringing it back from the dead.

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Matt • Dice Magazine • www.dicemagazine.com
Thats easy, the bit when you get to ride it down the road

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Sean “XsSpeed” | XS Speed Choppers | www.xsspeedchoppers.com
My favorite part about building a bike is scrounging for cool vintage parts or coming up with different ideas and making my own parts that bring the bike in my head into reality.

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Steve | Troy Fabrication | www.troyfabrication.com
I would say it is the rush of the last week before fire up. At that point you are running around trying to find basic parts that you knew you were going to need and paying way to much money for them. At this point the adreniline is starting to peak and you do not give a fuck what it cost because you just want to fire it up.

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Jaymes | Blue Moon Kustoms | http://bluemoonkustoms.blogspot.com/
Taking it off the lift and putting it on the ground to roll outside to take a look at it. And of course laying some color on the tins.

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Cj | Guilty Customs | www.guiltycustoms.com
I’m taking some liberties here cause for me it’s actually two parts. First, the “ideas stage” where we set down and brainstorm the look for the bike. The other part is when we crank it up for the first time. That always sends a chill of excitement down my spine. This part never looses it’s impact on me as we finally see the idea become reality.

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Fabricator Kevin | www.fabkevin.com
The rough fabrication is my favorite part of any build. Working out the designs and the general shape/look of the bike is the most fun. The fine details like polishing, paint, and what not are like drudgery! Once everything is shaped up, I’d like to just move on to something else. Is that a sign of A.D.D.?

4 Responses to “One Question Interview: August Edition”

  1. sledmotorsrule says:

    the best part is unloading a new shit-cake out of the truck and plopping it on the floor. its fun to introduce the rusty pile to the wife and watch her eyes roll. then staring at it for a long time; the immagination works so much faster then your hands and soon you’ve come up with 15 ideas. i’m always really dissapointed when its all done cause its all done.

  2. kim scholer says:

    Designing it, and riding the finished bike. I absolutely hate building it. Favourite fantasy is winning the NY State lottery, so I can afford to just give a custom bike shop my drawings, talk a bit to them about the details and then say “see ya in 4 months time”.

  3. George Stinsman says:

    id say the satisfaction i get when i take an nonmotorcycle part and make it functional and look cool on a bike

  4. Rusty Fishhook says:

    When the wife caves in and lets me buy a heap of junk to fix-up.

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