BY JOE CREE

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OLD SCHOOL IS IN

TODAY'S LESSON WILL BE PART HISTORY AND PART VOCABULARY. THIS MAY BE LONG WINDED SO SIT BACK, SIP A COLD ONE AND READ ON AS I CLIMB ONTO MY SOAPBOX FOR A LITTLE RANT.

THE WORD "INTEGRITY" IS DEFINED AS BEING HONEST AND UPRIGHT.

THE WORD "PLAGIARIZE" IS DEFINED AS THEFT OF WORDS, IDEAS, ETC. OF ANOTHER AND USE THEM AS ONE'S OWN.

THE WORD "CREATE" IS DEFINED AS TO BRING INTO EXISTENCE FROM NOTHING.

REMEMBER THESE WORDS AND DEFINITIONS AS WE CONTINUE THROUGH OUR LESSON.

BEING ONE THAT WAS BROUGHT UP AROUND THE MOTORCYCLE AND CUSTOM CAR CULTURE I TEND TO BE FROM THE OLD SCHOOL WAY OF THINKING. A MAN'S WORD IS AS GOOD AS ANY CONTRACT AND A HANDSHAKE SEALS ANY DEAL. MEN DON'T STEAL FROM EACH OTHER AND THEY STAND UP FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVE IS RIGHT. IF THESE UNWRITTEN RULES WERE VIOLATED THE ISSUE WAS SETTLED BETWEEN THE PARTIES INVOLVED IN THE VIOLATION, THIS USUALLY HAPPENED IN A GARAGE OR SHOP AND SOMETIMES INCLUDED SOME PHYSICAL CONFRONTATION. THESE USUALLY DIDN'T END IN SERIOUS INJURY BUT SOMETIMES A BITCH SLAP OR PUNCH IN THE MOUTH HELPED PUNCTUATE THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE OFFENSE. IN TODAY'S LITIGIOUS SOCIETY THESE TYPES OF SETTLEMENTS HAVE BECOME FEWER AND FARTHER BETWEEN, NOT TO THE BETTERMENT OF OUR SOCIETY IN MY OPINION.

OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS I HAVE BORE WITNESS TO PLAGIARISM IN VARYING DEGREES WITHIN OUR INDUSTRY. MY FRIEND DUNCAN KELLER  FROM YANKEE ENGINEUITY HAS HAD HIS PARTS LINE PLAGIARIZED NUMEROUS TIMES BY COMPANIES SUCH AS PRO-ONE AND BMC. OF COURSE IN THE CASE OF BMC THEY HAVE OTHER ISSUES WITH REGARDS TO THE DEFINITION OF THE WORD INTEGRITY IN MY OPINION. THIS BECAME ALARMINGLY APPARENT WHEN I WAS IN DAYTONA A FEW YEARS BACK AND RAN INTO BM (BIG MIKE OR ANY TERM FOR THOSE LETTERS), THEN OF AMERICAN EAGLE. HE HAD SOLD A BIKE TO A CUSTOMER THAT WAS HAVING ISSUES WITH HIS NEW BIKE. DURING THE CONVERSATION BM TURNED TO ME AND ASKED WHAT TYPE OF OIL HIS CUSTOMER SHOULD PUT IN HIS NEW BIKE. WOW, THIS GUY IS A SO-CALLED BIKE BUILDER AND HE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT KIND OF OIL HIS BIKES TAKE? GREAT. NOT TOO MUCH LATER HE LEFT AMERICAN EAGLE AND THEN COPIED THEIR DESIGNS FOR THE BMC BIKES. AT THE SAME TIME HE RIPPED OFF THE DESIGNS FOR THE BILLET TOP MOTOR MOUNTS, COIL BRACKETS AND COVERS THAT WERE BEING MADE BY YANKEE FOR AMERICAN EAGLE. THESE WERE PROPRIETARY DESIGNS FROM YANKEE BUT APPARENTLY THE INTEGRITY OF SOME, BM AND HIS PEOPLE INCLUDED, IS EASILY BOUGHT. THIS WAS A PUNK MOVE IN MY OPINION BUT THEN AGAIN I HAVE TO REMEMBER WHO I'M TALKING ABOUT.

PRO-ONE, THAT'S RIGHT, THE BIG COMPANY THAT MAKES WHEELS, ROLLERS, ETC. HAS ALSO RIPPED OFF THESE SAME DESIGNS AS WELL AS THE GAUGE MOUNT DESIGNS FROM YANKEE. ANOTHER PUNK MOVE WHICH HAS RESULTED IN OUR SHOP NEVER USING ANYTHING PRO-ONE PRODUCES. MIDWEST/JIREH CYCLES HAS DONE THE SAME THING. YOU'LL NEVER SEE ANYTHING FROM MIDWEST/ULTIMA, ET AL IN THIS SHOP.

IN OUR OWN CASE WE HAVE DEALT WITH NUMEROUS PEOPLE USING OUR NAME TO SELL THEIR BIKES, USUALLY BECAUSE THE BIKE IS REALLY AN OLD CALIFORNIA MOTORCYCLE CO. BIKE. CMC PRODUCED RATHER SHODDY BIKES AND THEIR REPUTATION ISN'T THAT GREAT SO WE HEAR ABOUT PEOPLE ADVERTISING USED BIKES AS ONE OF MINE ALL THE TIME. IT'S TOO BAD AND WE TRY TO OFFER VERIFICATION AS TO WHERE THE BIKE CAME FROM IF WE'RE CALLED. TO ME THIS ISSUE WAS BAD ENOUGH UNTIL RECENTLY. 

ROOT BEER FLOAT BUILT BY JOE CREE

THE BIKE PICTURED ABOVE, "ROOT BEER FLOAT" WAS BUILT BY ME, JOE CREE HERE AT CALIFORNIA CUSTOMS. IT WAS DESIGNED BY ME, ASSEMBLED BY ME AND WAS MY CONCEPT AND IDEA. IT'S A TRUE CALIFORNIA CUSTOMS CREEATION. THE BIKE WAS BUILT FOR DAN AND CHERYL DEWORKEN TO THEIR SPECS. THE ENTIRE PROJECT WAS DONE AS THEY ENVISIONED THEIR DREAM CUSTOM BIKE TO BE. WHEN THEY SAW IT IN PERSON FOR THE SEAT TO BE MADE THEIR WORDS WERE, "IT'S PERFECT, JUST THE WAY WE WANTED IT. WE LOVE IT. WE CAN'T WAIT TO RIDE IT." NOW THAT'S WHAT WE ALWAYS AIM FOR, A HAPPY CUSTOMER WITH THE BIKE OF THEIR DREAMS. THE BIKE HANDLED EXTREMELY WELL AND I GAVE IT MY PERSONAL SEAL OF APPROVAL AFTER DOING THE TEST RIDES ON IT.

NOW FAST FORWARD TO OCTOBER 2007. I SEE THIS SAME BIKE AT THE GRAND NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE SHOW DISPLAYED AS BEING BUILT BY U.S. KUSTOMS FROM DANVILLE, CA. NOW I'LL ADMIT THEY DID ADD A COUPLE OF PARTS AND THEY SWAPPED THE BARS BUT IT'S STILL THE SAME BASIC BIKE I BUILT. THEY CLAIM IT TO BE "CREATED" BY THEM. CHANGING PARTS DOES NOT MAKE A CREATION, LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE DEFINITIONS ABOVE. THEY BASICALLY PLAGIARIZED THIS BIKE AND PUT THEIR NAME ON IT. NOW THAT WAS BAD ENOUGH IN MY BOOK BUT NOW I SEE THIS SAME BIKE IS FEATURED IN THE JANUARY 2008 ISSUE OF EASYRIDERS MAGAZINE, IT'S EVEN CALLED ROOT BEER FLOAT, THE NAME I GAVE IT! NOW THAT'S JUST PLAIN FUCKED UP IN MY BOOK. THEY DIDN'T CREATE THIS FUCKING BIKE, I DID AND THEY CLAIM IT AS ONE OF THEIRS. THEIR WEB SITE SAYS THE SAME THING ALTHOUGH THEY CALL IT THE CREAMSICKLE. THEY ALSO MENTION THEY HATE THE COLOR SCHEME ON THE BIKE. THIS SHOWS ME NO APPRECIATION FOR HERITAGE, THIS WAS A VERY POPULAR COLOR SCHEME USED ON BIKES IN YEARS PAST. IF THEY KNEW ANYTHING THEY'D KNOW A CREAMSICLE IS ACTUALLY ORANGE AND CREAM NOT ROOT BEER BROWN AND CREAM. SO I GUESS THEY'RE DUMB AS WELL AS RIP OFF ARTISTS OR TO BE ACCURATE THEY'RE PLAGIARISTS. LOOKING AT THE BIKES ON THEIR SITE IT LOOKS LIKE ALL THEY DO IS CHANGE PARTS, THEY DON'T ACTUALLY CREATE ANYTHING. THEY TAKE EXISTING BIKES, CHANGE PARTS AND CALL IT ONE OF THEIR CREATIONS. ANYONE CAN DO THAT, IT'S NOT CREATING ANYTHING. I'VE HEARD IMITATION IS THE HIGHEST FORM OF FLATTERY BUT THIS ISN'T EVEN IMITATION, IT'S PLAIN RIPPING OFF SOME ELSE'S WORK AND CALLING IT THEIR OWN, THAT'S ABOUT AS FUCKING LOW AS YOU CAN GET IN MY BOOK. MY SUGGESTION TO U.S. KUSTOMS IS GO FIND AN ORIGINAL IDEA AND QUIT RIPPING OFF OTHER PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR A LONG TIME. EVENTUALLY IT MAY COME BACK TO BITE YOU IN THE ASS. KARMA.

I KNOW IDEAS HAVE BEEN RIPPED OFF IN OUR INDUSTRY FOR DECADES GOING ALL THE WAY BACK TO INDIAN AND HARLEY "BORROWING" IDEAS FROM EACH OTHER BUT IT DOESN'T MEAN I HAVE TO SIT IDLY BY WHILE SOME HACKS COME ALONG AND RIP OFF MY DESIGNS, IDEAS AND HARD WORK.

SO HERE'S A BIG ASS MIDDLE FINGER TO THE JERK OFFS AT U.S. KUSTOMS. GO FUCK YOURSELVES ASSHOLES.

SO CLASS, NOW YOU'VE SEEN HOW WE CAN USE THE WORDS INTEGRITY, PLAGIARIZE AND CREATE IN THE REAL WORLD. AT THE SAME TIME YOU GOT TO SEE SOME LITTLE KNOWN HISTORY ABOUT THE CUSTOM MOTORCYCLE INDUSTRY.

JANUARY 14, 2010. A POST SCRIPT TO THIS STORY. I HAPPENED TO NOTICE THE DOUCHEBAGS AT U.S. KUSTOMS HAVE RE-NAMED THE BIKE PATIENCE. HEH, GUESS THEY FIGURED OUT THEIR ORIGINAL NAME WAS ALSO STOLEN LIKE THEIR CLAIM THE BIKE WAS THEIR ORIGINAL CONCEPT AND CREATION. IN REALITY IT WAS MY CREE-ATION. BOTTOM LINE, THEY'RE STILL DOUCHEBAGS IN MY BOOK.

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