BY JOE CREE

REMEMBER RED FRIDAYS.

CELEBRATING OUR 21st YEAR OF LOVING HOT ROD BIKES LIKE FAT KIDS LOVE CAKE!!

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ABOUT US

IT ALL BEGAN IN 1991 IN A SMALL SHOP IN SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA. CUSTOM ONE OFF BIKES BEING BUILT WITH SHOVEL AND PANHEAD MOTORS. THESE WERE BUILT BEFORE YOU COULD BUY AN ENTIRE AFTERMARKET BIKE FROM A CATALOG. WE WOULD RESURRECT OLD FRAMES AND MOTORS AND DO SOME REALLY COOL STUFF WITH THEM. ONE OF OUR FIRST EFFORTS WON IT'S CLASS AT THE GRAND NATIONAL ROADSTER SHOW, BACK WHEN IT WAS STILL IN OAKLAND. AT THE SAME TIME WE WERE WELL KNOWN FOR MAKING VERY STREETABLE HORSEPOWER FOR OUR CUSTOMERS ON THEIR STOCK HARLEYS. WE TESTED MANY CAM, PIPE AND CARB COMBINATIONS AND FOUND SOME VERY GOOD STUFF.

1995 WAS A YEAR OF CHANGE. THE SHOP MOVED TO MOUNTAIN VIEW WITH A BIGGER BUILDING A FEW MILES FROM THE ORIGINAL HOLE IN THE WALL. THE SHOP PICKED UP A NEW NAME AND A NEW FOCUS. WE WENT FROM BEING A PERFORMANCE ORIENTED SERVICE SHOP THAT BUILT A FEW CUSTOM BIKES TO BEING A CUSTOM BUILDING SHOP. WE DESIGNED THE FIRST MODELS IN THE CALIFORNIA CUSTOMS LINE OF BIKES AND BECAME LICENSED BUILDERS.

IN THE YEARS SINCE THEN WE HAVE ADDED TO THE ORIGINAL MODELS BY A HUGE NUMBER. IN 1997 WE WERE THE FIRST CUSTOM BUILDER TO OFFER A COMPLETE CUSTOM BAGGER MODEL AND  WE DESIGNED IT TO BE A CONVERTIBLE TO BOOT. THE BODY WORK ALL COMES OFF IN LESS THAN 5 MINUTES TO REVEAL A CUSTOM CRUISER UNDERNEATH. IT'S BEEN 10 YEARS AND WE STILL HAVEN'T SEEN ANYONE DO ANYTHING LIKE OUR NOMAD MODEL. WE ALSO BUILT ONE OF THE FIRST BIKES TO BE CONSIDERED A MODERN ERA CHOPPER IN 1997. WE ADDED RUBBER MOUNT MODELS, THEN RIGID MODELS. THE MOST RECENT ADDITIONS HAVE BROUGHT US FULL CIRCLE FROM WHERE WE STARTED BUILDING BIKES. THE RETRO ROCKITT, BOB JOB, BOBFATHER AND COASTER MODELS ARE ALL REMINISCENT OF THE FIRST BIKES THIS SHOP BUILT WHEN IT FIRST OPENED. SPRINGER FORKS, RIGID FRAMES, CLEAN, MINIMALIST DESIGNS AND HOT ROD MOTORS. 

WE NOW OFFER 25 MODELS FOR OUR CLIENTS TO START THEIR DREAM BIKE WITH. FROM THERE WE CUSTOM DESIGN EVERY BIKE OR KIT RIGHT TO THE CLIENT'S WANTS AND NEEDS. THAT'S WHY WE CALL IT "CUSTOM". OUR GENERAL PHILOSOPHY IS TO TREAT EVERY BIKE BUILD AS IF IT WERE A TRUE ONE OFF BUILD. WE DON'T DO COOKIE CUTTER PRODUCTION BIKES, OUR GOAL IS TO BUILD CUSTOM, HANDMADE MOTORCYCLES FOR PEOPLE TO RIDE AND FOR AN AFFORDABLE PRICE. OUR SPECIALTY IS OLD SCHOOL STYLE BIKES WITH A MIX OF MODERN TECHNOLOGY.

LOOKING AHEAD WE PLAN TO KEEP BUILDING CUSTOM BIKES WITH THAT PHILOSOPHY IN MIND. THE WORD CUSTOM HAS BECOME SO HOMOGENIZED THAT WE FEEL IT'S ALMOST NOT ACCURATE IN DESCRIBING WHAT WE BUILD.

WE HAVE JUST MOVED TO OUR NEW LOCATION IN SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA. THE NEW SHOP GIVES US MORE WORK SPACE TO BE ABLE TO EXPAND A LITTLE. 

KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN FOR MORE OF OUR BIKES TO BE FEATURED IN NATIONAL MAGAZINES, WE'RE ON OUR 11TH FEATURE RIGHT NOW. WE PLAN TO ENTER A FEW MORE SHOWS IN THE FUTURE AND WE PLAN TO BE AT BONNEVILLE IN THE FALL OF 2008 WITH BAGZILLA, OUR BONNEVILLE RACER NOMAD. WE PLAN TO MAKE A RUN AT THE WORLD'S FASTEST BAGGER TITLE.

CONTACT INFO

If you still need more information after viewing our web site  here is our contact information.

bulletE-mail  SEND US AN E-MAIL FOR PRICING, BUILD QUOTES, OPTIONS QUESTIONS, ETC.

 

bullet Call us at 408-782-5094

 

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