Thursday, September 10, 2009
As a late invite to the Brooklyn Invitational, I wanna give props and much love and respect to the fellas from White Knights. If anyone knows me well - my quirks, nuances, hang-ups, narrow-vision, and stubbornness – its these dudes. Sharing shop space with these guys for quite a few years, they have seen this bike in its varied states of disrepair and assembly as it reflected my mood and the little jing in my pockets in which to get it together. Through the years though, I had the pleasure to turn wrenches, tell stories and share ideas for what choppers were, are, and will continue to be. I’m grateful for that.
A bike builder I’m not, as my day job keeps me pretty busy. Thus the reason this bike took nearly 10 years to re-build – assembling parts, machining small bits, and tinkering. I was never in any real rush to finish…and probably never will be. My bikes and what I build will always be inspired by the subtlety of detail of 60s era customs and choppers. For me, what those guys built back then set the standards for us all.
I wanna tip my hat to other guys in this Invitational and the killer rides they built. Additionally, I wanna thank my motorpsycle therapists of all things on two wheels – Big Don of M.C. and Dick Menke – for the tips, tricks, and parts that keep me wrenchin’ and riding.