How did you transition from a car guy into a bike guy?
Initially I sold my first car which was a Nissan 240sx (Missile Car) to get a Harley VRSCD Night rod, but like most young adults my parents disagreed and opted for me to get a new car instead. I ended up with another RWD platform to mess around with and once my credit had been established I was able to purchase my Harley. I am still a devoted car guy in the process of building the engine of my car so that I can create a drift machine. Dorifuto!
You ride with the San Jose Bobbers dudes and they all have Hondas, what made you decide to go with a Harley?
Because Murika. At first I wanted to build a shadow but I wanted something different yet still in budget. I’ve always been infatuated with Harley Davidson and their long history in the motorcycle industry. The body lines are aggressive, the displacement is impressive, and the sound is obsessive. #vtwinning.
You’re Asian, why didn’t you get a sports bike?
Eventually I hope to own one but in the meantime I need something reliable and comfortable at the same time. I commute ~100 miles a day and nothing suits long commutes like a cruiser. Once I’m more financially stable, I hope to own each type of motorcycle that would be my dream garage.
Have you had any close calls on your bike?
Plenty, just like all riders have. Being constantly exposed is the risk we take when rolling on two wheels. That’s what makes it fun. Many close calls are from riding in the rain, where visibility is at its lowest. Loud pipes really do save lives. If they can’t see you, hopefully they hear you. I do get the occasional cut offs and I just compensate with the middle finger.
What do you love most about riding?
The nonstop thrill when possibilities are endless, the smell of exhaust fumes invading your nose, the cool crisp breeze that passes through as you ride against it, the adrenaline pumping faster and faster as you roll on the throttle, the vibrations from the exhaust growling as if you are an untamed beast. The feeling of freedom, the joy and the excitement is unexplainable. You just have to ride and you’ll know the feeling. It really doesn’t matter what type or how fast your bike is. It is definitely a great feeling and that’s an understatement.
What do you hate most?
Well other than the consequences of a collision, nothing at all. I ride rain or shine.
I like how you didn’t keep your bike stock, what are your future plans for the bike?
I want to start focusing on the small details on the bike like having the bolts/nuts dipped in brass, cleaning up the handle bar assembly, new levers, new controls, internal wiring etc. I’m also debating whether or not I should go with a springer front end. For now I just want to do what I can that fits my budget but I do someday hope to turn the 73.4CI into a monstrous 90CI with the hammer performance kit.
Do you have any tips for beginners that are planning to ride? Should they buy a cheap piece of shit and fix it up or buy a new and reliable bike?
Do what you can. If you’re someone that’s mechanically inclined, then fixing an older bike will be much cheaper than fixing a new bike. There are consequences when getting an older bike such as breaking down or just things breaking so be cautious when purchasing. I love bikes new and old so for me it doesn’t matter. I only went with a new bike for the reliability. One big downfall for modifying newer bikes is the depreciation factor, if you want to hard tail or do any type of custom welding to the bike the value will drop vs when you modify an older bike the value rises (depending on how good your work is). They do have alternatives such as complete frames that way you can keep all the stock parts untouched. Know what you are getting into and get an owner’s manual. The way you treat your bike is a reflection of yourself so be patient and meticulous.