Winter is in full swing here in Canada, which means so is building season. Recently celebrated my first year anniversary of this moto building thing two weeks ago at the North American Motorcycle Supershow. Last year I brought my almost finished first build, a 1974 Honda CB750K4 I named La Poderosa, and even though I didn’t enter it in the builders competition for that show (something I still regret until today), I’ll never forget the amount of interest that bike generated. In a convention FULL of custom modern style choppers, it was nice to see that many people loved other styles of building equally, and the amount of motorcycle media coverage it generated after, especially the BikeExif article, still blows me away and inspires me to push further this year.
I’ve recently been getting more and more requests for smaller repair jobs, like engine and carburetor rebuilds so I’m glad more people are starting to realize that they don’t always need to spend large amounts of money for a brand new custom bike, but can keep their old machines running with out ups here and there. Of course they don’t look as good as brand new build, but daily runners never do, instead showing off their reliability instead of being a garage queen.
I also received a request to have one of my motorcycles published in a magazine, can’t say which one and from where (cough cough somewhere in Europe), but the fact that my motorcycle will have a two page spread is a dream come true. I honestly never expected anything like this to happen a year ago, being a college student working in my converted garage and just trying to figure out what to do once I graduate (I graduate this April), but I’m glad to see that building motorcycles are clearly going to a major part of my life for the foreseeable future. The two custom builds that are currently in the garage are truly the best ones I’ve made so far, pushing myself to new levels with each style, and I just know it’s going to generate even more media attention than my first custom.
In the meantime, it’s back to schoolwork for me, and slowly but surely wrenching away until the snow clears and springtime comes.
Watch out for “Left Turners”