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What made you transition from a Honda to a Harley?  

I was ready for a change in riding style. For the longest time I was really into the scrambler and cafe style bikes and the shadow VLX was a very interesting platform to tinker with at the time. However, that motor was too weak for me and the bike wasn’t an appropriate set up for camping trips.

I really got more into choppers when I started riding with the LNSPLT guys. They made hardtails and suicide clutches seem super fun and easy and I had an itch to learn a different platform. I needed something cheap with a big motor, low-tech, sketchy, and garage builder friendly.

What do you like about the transition? What do you hate?

There is a lot that I really like about the bike itself, but I really like that I have been meeting a lot more people in the Sacramento area that are into choppers. Building this bike has introduced me to a lot of really nice people and really fun events. I also like that there is so much information readily available out there for old Harleys.

 I kinda hate that I moved on so quickly. Kinda…

Between the two, which bike do you enjoy working on and why?

I never have to work on the Honda because it’s so reliable so I guess I’ll have to say the Harley haha. I’ve put a lot of work into the shadow to make sure it is solid. I am now trying to get to that point with the Harley, which is proving to be very elusive! It is true that these things take a lot of attention to keep them happy. I will complete some maintenance items over the winter that will hopefully keep more oil on the inside.

Who or what inspired your build?

I was first inspired by the builds over in Japan. I first saw a photo set of some really tough, dirty looking bikes with car tires and open primary chains. I wanted something sketchy and exciting and I wanted to do as much as I could on my own. The “Final Form” has changed a lot in the short time that I’ve owned it.

You’ve recently competed and won the Lnsplt Build-Off. Can you tell us about your experience?

I started this build about 3-4 months before the build off. I wanted to give myself a ton of time to learn everything and that meant that I had to get it running reliably before I started any customization. I was pretty stupid with it too. I would go out and ride with no tools and no AAA , so of course, I got stranded. I broke everything that was put in place by the previous owner besides the frame and fork. My goal was to expose all of its weaknesses and build it up my way.

My “vision” for the entire process was all over the place. I couldn’t settle for anything and I would daydream about different combinations of parts. Often I would proclaim that I was going to do something specific for my bike and then end up with something completely different. For example, I didn’t mean to paint my tank this way. I was trying to do a tank with half stripes and half polka dots but instead, I got frustrated in my inability to tape things off correctly and just ended up with what you see now. So many people hated my tank, especially Brian.

The Lnsplt Build-Off is just a friendly competition that serves as a reason for people to complete their builds. All of the builders have their own idea of what is cool/pretty/whatever so it was really exciting to see the builds come to life. I was surprised that I was voted the winner because the other entries were so solid and detailed. I’m really glad that the trophy stays in Sac!

What are your plans for the bike?

My next plans are to dig into the tranny and the motor to do some maintenance work. I need to address some oil leaks and also make sure that things are adjusted properly.

Any tips for people building old bikes? 

 Yes. Don’t start down that path unless you really like the challenge. I personally find it meditative to take my time in the garage. Also, make sure your bike runs before you chop it, hahaha. SBFFSB (Shovel Bros Forever, Forever Shovel Bros)

Check out Dennis’ old bike HERE.

What inspired you to build the bike you built?

I’ve always wanted to build a cafe or brat style bike ever since I first saw them. The LNSPLT build off actually inspired me to do it in the first place. I planned to sell the project Honda Shadow I had already built to buy a bike that had more of a “cafe” styled frame already. It wasn’t until Brian showed me a few examples of the Shadows he had seen floating around the internet that I really started thinking about using the Shadow as a cafe build. He has a Shadow in the works himself, so it gave me inspirations to incorporate a cafe racer design cues wherever possible on my own Honda cruiser.

What were the challenges that you faced during the build?

There were more complications with his build than I anticipated; where do I even begin? The greatest challenge was figuring out how to build the sub frame to give the bike a straighter line. There weren’t any parts made for converting a Shadow into a cafe so I essentially fabricated everything. Through the time effective method of trial and error, I ended up with more scrap metal at the end of this build than what actually went on the bike. Another challenge was trying to actually fit a shock made for a BMW s1000rr into a bike never made to have a shock with a piggy back.

What did you enjoy most about this build?

My favorite part of the building process was the comradery. It felt like the days I first got into building bobbers, my buddy Brian was over everyday wrenching his brainchild right next to mine. Other friends would come by and we would sit around, drink whiskey, and talk bikes. We didn’t get much done those days, but those are the moments I remember from this build. My favorite moment was when I got her to fire up and idle correctly. That was the night before the competition. We really worked down to the wire. Young and Dennis rode beside me for my maiden voyage. The joy I felt was indescribable.

You came from a bobber background. Do you like the cafe style? What are your plans for this bike?

This bike has to be the most beautiful bike I have ever built. It’s just so goddamn pretty to look at. Riding it, however, wasn’t my style. I used to ride sportbikes so I am no stranger to an aggressive seating position. Having a great suspension set up really made it feel like I was riding on clouds (compared to the hardtails I’m used to riding.) It just isn’t as fun to ride as my bobber. With my bobber, you feel the road when you ride and it just puts you that much more in the driver seat.

You’re one of the few with a cafe/brat VLX. How do you feel about that?

Sometimes when I say it aloud, I feel proud. But in all honesty, I don’t see it as anything too crazy. There are so many crazy builds out there and I am just a garage builder. I had no fabrication background besides the hours i spent on youtube and sitting there practicing what I just tried to absorb from a monitor. All I can say is that my work is a reflection of how much I put into it. I couldn’t be any happier with the way the bike came out.

Tell us a little about your born free 8 experience

Every year we go on a trip called “Born Free” and I always have the time of my life. A band of brothers riding down HWY 1 on custom bikes, camping midway down to attend one of the largest custom chopper/bobber shows–what could be better? I saw it as an opportunity to show off all of my hard work. Right off the bat, I lost my GoPro Hero 4 when its mount broke. Not the best start, but I didn’t let that phase me. Everything was how I expected and my head was in the clouds…until I crashed. We had pull off the highway in Hollywood and we were about an hour away from the house that we rented for the weekend. I was eager to rendezvous with the rest of the crew.

As we were getting back onto the freeway, we started merging over to the carpool lane. The car ahead of me had a few good car lengths so I check my shoulder to merge over. I must have missed something because when I turned my head around, it was too late. All I saw was the backside of a white Corolla. I tried to swerve to the left but clipped his bumper. My buddy riding behind me said there wasn’t traffic ahead and didn’t know why the car was applying his brakes. All I know is that what was likely only a couple of seconds, felt like an eternity. My heart sank as I saw that car. I hit the pearly white Toyota going about 70mph.

It was like a slow motion movie scene. I saw the front tire from an angle I was unfamiliar with. I don’t know how many times I flipped but I recall landing on my feet for a split second, before being thrashed head over heals again–and not in the good way.

The last thing I remember was sliding chest down across the asphalt. I tried to get a grasp the pavement, desperately trying to stop myself. When I finally came to a stop, the first thing I could think of was my bike. In my mind, there was a great weekend to be had still! I had a mild concussion and limped across the lanes to get out of the highway. Luckily for me, a stranger on the road stopped his truck to shield me from traffic so I could move out of the way. He then gave me the last of his water and helped me take off my helmet. Faith in humanity restored! Like a knight in shining armor.

My buddy Jonathan, who was right behind me, drove against traffic to help me muscle my bike out of the middle of the freeway. I sprained my ankle pretty badly and had a lot of road rash, but luckily, nothing was broken. My denim vest absorbed much of the abrasion from skidding across the asphalt. The driver? Continued on their merry way. Maybe they were awful human beings, maybe they didn’t realize they were hit by a motorcycle traveling at 70 miles per hour.

The rest of the trip is hazy to me. I was so drugged up on muscle relaxers and painkillers that I don’t remember much else after that point. Big shoutout to Jonathan for what you did. I would have never been able to pull that shit out of the road. Also big thanks to my girlfriend Lyn, for not killing me when she found out I wrecked. She nursed me back to health and dealt with my crybaby ass.

Why do you still ride after all that?

People always ask me why I still ride after that, and I tell them simply: because I love it. I still ride because there is no greater feeling than being free on two wheels. I’ve met some of the greatest people, and I’m sure I  will continue to meet great people on wheels. All of my senses are heightened when I ride. Trees look greener, the wind feels smoother, even the air smells nicer. You overlook so many scenic views and forget how beautiful our world is when you are looking at it from behind the glass of a car. It’s so easy to be on the phone, or engaged in conversations, that you miss out being present and enjoying the ride. Sometimes I catch myself just smiling for no reason. “We all die, but only a few of us live.” This is me living out loud.

What’s next?

Next on the list would be building myself a Harley. I will always have my shadow bobber but I would love to add a Harley into my stable.

Photos by Vu Phan

Tell us a little about yourself. How did you get into motorcycles

I have always been a motoring enthusiast, anything and everything that burned gas and made cool noises fascinated me. It didn’t matter American, Japanese, European, 4 wheels or 2, it was all interesting to me. This passion began with wrenching with friends in my parents garage all through the night on whatever crappy cars we had in high school. One by one, my friends slowly started getting into motorcycles, then came Lnsplt Blvd… It was inevitable.

You could’ve picked any motorcycles to start with. Why a Honda? Specifically yours

First some back story: my first car was an Integra, The most fun car I’ve owned was an s2000, my parents drove Hondas while I was growing up, Hondas have always been familiar to me. A few years ago I attended a car meet and met a guy with a MINT CB500. It immediately stuck in my mind, the sound, the look, the feel, it was amazing! I decided in that moment that I had to have it. I began to research and the more I learn about the early 70’s bikes the more I feel in love. I eventually decided I wanted a CB750 because 1) I am not 5’3” and, 2) more (power) is always better. Then one by one I found the specifics of what I was looking for, pre 79 because single overhead cam, F type / Super Sport because dual front disc brakes, single disc rear and the best looking gas tank of the decade, black because black. Just thinking about how unfamiliar I was to carburetors, point’s ignitions systems, and kick starters got me very excited. I eventually found a suitable candidate 3 hours south, borrowed a truck and went to pick it up. It didn’t want to start or idle, ran a little rough, misfired and bogged but it had the original paint, and a cool back story of its own, I was sold before I even saw it.

How did your parents react?

Well…It’s easier to apologize than to ask for permission… Just kidding they knew but they didn’t really care too much.

Have you gotten any close calls?

I have had people not see me and change into my lane, other than that no.

You came from a car background, how similar or different is working with bikes v.s. cars?

I like both, but I would definitely say working on bikes is easier just because you spend way less time laying under a car or bent over in weird angles trying to reach bolts and stuff. Bikes are more exposed and therefore a little more wrench friendly. Simplicity is also another plus, vintage bikes especially are inherently less complicated, there is just less to worry about.

What do you enjoy most about riding?

Freedom, you forget about everything and just focus on staying alive, it’s pretty great.

Your bike is pretty flawless. Who or what inspired you to build it the way it is?

Flawless is more credit than it deserves. Luckily for me Honda built a little over half a million CB750’s between 1969-1978. That’s a lot of bikes, and a lot of creative builders have done all sorts of things in the last 40 years. So I hunted for the parts I wanted and look I was going for. Eventually I ended up with this.

What’s next for your bike?

Since the pictures were taken I have raised the rear of the bike a little using different shocks. Shortened the handle bars a few inches and changed out the clutch and brake levers. New tires are in the mail, vintage firestones look cool but perform like shit. Spoke wheels would be a much welcome change although it gets complicated and expensive when wanting spoke wheels and retaining my brake setup. I have begun drafting up ideas for my next seat setup. I am looking for a spare 77-78 F type gas tank so I can paint it. I want to run a modern inverted front fork setup off of a mid 2000’s GSXR or similar bike. Ultimately I would want to strip the bike back down to the frame clean it up further and powder coat it. Lastly, I want to build the motor eventually, 836cc is pretty common and easy to do. The cherry on top would be Keihin CR race carbs.

This is your first bike and I’m sure it won’t be the last, What bike are you planning to pick up next?

I am really interested in building a bobber right now so I am looking for a shadow 600VLX.

Any tips for new builders/riders? 

Have fun, be safe.


Can you describe your recent accident? What was going through your mind?

I was riding with my dad out to Santa Cruz for Father’s day, while my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew took my dad’s truck. Just as we were getting out of Hollister we hit a stop light. My brother-in-law was at the front of the light with the truck so I started to split lanes to join him. When I hit my rear brake it locked up, the pedal stuck, and my bike started to fishtail. My first thought, as I was fishtailing uncontrollably through a line of cars, was not to hit any of them.

When I realized I wasn’t going to be able to get the bike under control, and that an accident was imminent, I had to make a split second decision. That decision was to crash into the back of my dad’s truck. So as my bike fishtailed towards the truck I just let go, essentially launching myself head first into the bumper. After lying on the ground for a few seconds, and realizing that I was still alive, I stood up and immediately looked for my bike. It was a busy day out because of the holiday and several bystanders stopped and got out of their cars to check on me. I spotted a good Samaritan and my brother-in-law pushing my bike out of the middle of the road. By this time my sister was frantic and jumped out of the truck barefoot to check on me. Her maternal instincts went into overdrive as she checked over me to make sure I was okay. Of course, my main concern was my bike. I walked over to my bike, put it back into neutral, and like the ever elusive loyal main chick, she started right up.

Unfortunately air got into the brake line so my front brake wasn’t working. That was the only mechanical issue. Cosmetically, the handle bars were a little loose and my tank was dented in two places. Knowing that the handle bars were an easy fix and that I was currently waiting on Young “The Prez” Khong to make me a custom Sportster style tank I wasn’t too worried. My dad urged me to load up the bike into the bed of the truck (although we had no ramp and no straps) but I convinced him that I would be able to ride back to his house.

When I had my first accident 10 months earlier I had to ride through the mountains for two hours with a fractured hand and foot just to get back to civilization; so I figured a 20 minute ride, with what I originally thought to be very minimal injuries, wouldn’t be a problem. My dad sent my sister and the truck home and then he and I flipped a u-turn and sat at a red light. After about 20 seconds I felt the blood drain from my head and knew I was going to pass out soon so I rode the bike to the side of the road. My sister and brother-in-law came back with the truck, and two good Samaritans helped them load my bike into the bed of the truck. As we were heading back, my sister was constantly checking on me. I soon began to sweat profusely and my vision went blurred to the point of only seeing white. Apparently my eyes rolled into the back of my head. I just drank as much Gatorade as I could to re-hydrate myself until I came back to normal. Although I was able to walk away I suffered a minor concussion, a sprained thumb, road rash on my upper back, a deep muscle bruise on my thigh that, over the course of the next two weeks, would grow exponentially, and I pinched a nerve in my upper back. After resting for a few hours at my dad’s place, I tightened the handlebars, bled out the front brake, adjusted the rear brake, and made the hour ride back to San Jose.

The accident happened before your Born Free trip, was it still worth it to go and why?

The accident literally happened four days before we were supposed to ride down SoCal for the Born Free show.  My main concern was whether or not my bike, and my body, would hold up. Logistically speaking, I wasn’t even sure if I’d have the option to ride down because we were short drivers.  Luckily one of the guys that doesn’t have a bike anymore decided to go with us.  He was able to drive the support truck, giving me the chance to ride the whole way. Similar to last year, a group of us split the trip into two days, stopping off at San Luis Obispo to camp for the night.  This definitely allowed my bike and body to get some much needed rest.  Unfortunately, as we were heading out of Hollywood and making our final run towards Anaheim, Vu “El BBQ” Phan had a spill right in front of me. It was an unsettling thing to witness, especially since I had to swerve to keep from running over him, and then swerve again to stop from getting into an accident with his bike as it slid across the 101. Luckily, he only suffered some road rash and a sprained ankle, and his bike was still mechanically sound. The trip was definitely eventful. I’m glad I went, but my body wasn’t. By the last day I could barely get out of bed.

There’s a reason for every time you change your bike’s appearance, can you tell us about your recent makeover?

The first major makeover took place after my first accident.  I have OCD and riding around with a scraped up bike really bugged me. So I went to an all-black theme, lowered the front, and went to clip-ons. But because I ride so much it was really hard on my body. It was extremely uncomfortable. Vu asked if anyone wanted some new bars because he was going to start making them and I showed him an idea that I had in my head. He was able to build them just as I pictured and that was sort of the first step in the makeover. I knew I wanted to do something different with the color theme and I wanted to be original, but I still wanted stick with black and orange colors. I had this idea to do paint splatter and asked my boy that painted my original tank orange if he could do it.  He said he had never done something like that so I researched ways to go about it.  I ended up doing it myself by spraying a little bit of orange paint into the cap of the spray can and just flicking it.  I’ve received a lot of compliments about the paint splatter and I’m happy with it.  I think it makes the bike look really cool.  Then Vu said he was going to start making exhaust pipes, so, again, I gave him an idea that I had and he was able to build them. I added the Jack Daniels coolant overflow reservoir because coolant was spraying everywhere on the ride to SoCal.  It looked like the thermostat housing assembly might have been damaged from the accident so I just replaced the whole thing.  The last piece of the puzzle was the Sportster tank, which was made by Young. I think it fits the theme and style very well.  Everything just flows perfectly. I don’t think I’ll be changing anything on Dynasty anytime soon.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Hey sup, my name is Dennis but everyone calls me D.Ho. Born and live in Sac and have family in the Bay, SoCal, Hawaii, and France. I work as a water resources engineer by day and also working on finishing up my Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering. Most of my free time during the week is spent at Pipeworks. It’s a badass rock climbing gym where I expend my energy, hang out with friends, and get a great workout at the same time. On the weekends I am either out in the mountains climbing boulders or carving up the windy roads.

I’ve been very fortunate in that I have been able to travel and experience other cities, states, and countries. Yet, I always found Sacramento to be the best fit for my life. Beautiful coastal scenery, vast landscapes, relaxed rural towns and bus-body cities are all within a few hours’ drive. If you haven’t picked up on it yet, I really like to stay active.

Describe your first experience on two wheels

My passion for two wheels began when I got my first BMX bike. I was all about riding street…thrashing rails and charging wall rides on the daily. I rode for 15 years before I felt like my body couldn’t take it anymore and picked up rock climbing to stay in shape.

I moved on from the BMX bike, but I needed something to fill the void that it left behind. Ever since I was young I was drawn to motorcycles. Nobody I knew actually rode at the time but I remember seeing people blasting around on the freeway and mountains and thinking “I could get into that”. One weekend, some plans to go kayaking fell through and I had some money burning a hole in my pocket. I said “fuck it” and brought my buddy to buy a bike with me. I needed him because I still had not learned how to ride and I wanted to be able to get it home lol. It was a complete impulse buy. My very first ride was that day. I was so happy to be able to ride a bike again and felt right at home on a motorcycle. I was hooked!


They say riding a motorcycle is dangerous, why do you ride? How did your family react?

I do very well in social settings and in the company of other people, but I am an introvert at the core and needed a way to be alone and be selfish with my time. I ride to be free from other people’s expectations of me and to experience life from a different perspective.

My mom works at the ER so naturally she highly disapproved of motorcycles. All my life I’ve been attracted to “high risk” sports/hobbies so I don’t think she was surprised at all when she saw my bike for the first time. What actually happened was that she saw I bought a cruiser and said “Oh, well that’s nice!”.

How many bikes have you gone through and what was your favorite?

I have only been riding for a little over two years and I’m still on my first bike. It has been changing so much over time and each mod makes me love it more. I feel like the best thing that I did for it was to keep the monoshock. This bike is built entirely around my style of riding and the variety of terrain I encounter.

Do you prefer to ride solo or in groups?

I used to prefer to ride solo since I get to be selfish with my time, pace, and destination. I have done some bigger group rides (Gentlemen’s Ride, local meet up rides) and have had a blast because during those moments when it feels like everyone around you is just feeling the same vibe. The sweet spot for weekend rides is a small group of 3.

Born Free 7 with the LNSPLT crew was my biggest and longest group ride. That feeling of instant comaraderie can’t be matched by any other culture and I feel so fortunate to have met such a great group of guys to travel with.

Out of all bikes, why Honda Shadow?

I was drawn to sport/standard bikes at first. I was SURE that I wanted an FZ09. I researched and stared at different bikes until I came across sites like Pipeburn, Bike Exif, and Chop Cult. I knew that I needed to have a bike that I could customize and stand apart from the crowd. Earlier I told you about my impulse buy. I have to admit that I had no idea what I was getting at the time and had no clue what people were doing with them. So really, I think I just got lucky lol.

Most Honda Shadow owners chop their bikes into bobbers, why did you build it the way it is?

I don’t know how to classify my bike and that’s kind of the fun of it. Seeing all the sick bobber builds gave me the itch to chop and I wanted to do it my way. I have pretty eclectic tastes so I was inspired by a lot of bobber, cafe, and tracker builds.

I wanted to blend the style of a cafe, rawness of the bobbers, and functionality of the trackers. Who knows if I’ve achieved any of that yet but as always, it’s a work in progress.

Have you gotten any close calls?

In regards to traffic, I can honestly say that I haven’t had any close calls. I developed some really good traffic reading skills from my many years of riding bmx with no brakes. I learned to see trouble coming a mile away and so far that has kept me out of trouble on the road.

I have made some rookie mistakes and almost ran off the road but NBD. The times that I have laid my bike down were on rough dirt and gravel roads. It was always because I was trying to do too much for my own good.

What’s next for your bike?

I’m waiting on some parts to get in so that I can clean up the wiring up in front. I’ve been playing around with different fork oil levels to dial in my damping with the stock springs. I feel like I’ll be swapping those out for Progressives relatively soon and throw on a fork brace. I don’t want to make any wild claims right now but I am really looking at my options for some more power. If I can get a hold of a Nt650 motor that would be a pretty straightforward swap! Huge IF.

Any tips for new riders?

Do a ton of research on the type of bike you want. Think about what you want to get out of riding or modding and be patient. Be honest with your abilities and ride with experienced friends to learn. Stay humble, address your bad habits, and strive for improvement.

Until next time LNSPLTRS!

Tell us a little about yourself

My name is Jonathan, born and raised in San Jose, CA. I just turned 30 and I’m one of the oldest guys in the group; I’m still young at heart though. I’ve done a lot of things through my life’s journey up to this point. One of my proudest achievements was as a high school wrestling coach I was fortunate enough to coach my little sister. She went winless her freshmen year; less than 3 years later I was in her corner as she wrestled in the Finals at Nationals. It’s an indescribable feeling to see those you care about succeed. I also did some amateur bodybuilding during my late teens, which taught me a lot about dedication, determination, and sacrifice. These are things I’m grateful to have learned early on in life.

Is this your first bike? if not, what and when did you start riding?

My first bike was actually a Yamaha R6. A buddy of mine was looking to upgrade to an R1 and sold it to me for a player’s price. I never got into being a hardcore rider and used the bike more as a commuter. Less than a year after I got the bike I popped it up on accident and totaled it. I walked away from the accident. As soon as I got home I was on craigslist looking for another bike. That was 8 years ago and I’ve been riding ever since.

Out of all the motorcycles to choose from, why did you specifically choose a Honda Shadow?

My good friend Mikey Nguyen told me about his Honda Shadow bobber and how he rode with a bunch of guys. Initially, I didn’t think much of it, because I didn’t really know what a bobber was. One night he brought it to the gym and I thought it looked ridiculous (in a good way). As I stood there admiring the bike, a couple of older guys came out of the gym and started to do the same. I knew there was something unique about it. He told me he built it and it wasn’t really that costly. Mikey mentioned how all of the guys rode Honda Shadows, but you would never know, because everyone added their own personal touches. I was really intrigued how the same bike could look so drastically different. A few months later I found my life becoming really monotonous. I needed a new hobby, something different, so I called him up, told him I was thinking about building one. A few weeks later he went with me to look at a bike down in Morgan Hill. The guy I bought it from said a few other people had already been down to buy the bike and were ready to give him the cash without even looking at it. He mentioned how he didn’t want to sell it to them because he knew they were just going to chop it down. I pretended like I didn’t know what he meant. I told him it was my first cruiser and I wanted to buy the bike so I could get used to the feel before I upgraded. I wasn’t really trying to scam the guy, but that’s sort of how it played out haha. He even knocked off a few hundred dollars for me.

What went through your head when you went down for the first time?

I popped up the front tire on my first R6 and couldn’t sit the bike back down, primarily because I wasn’t trying to do a wheelie so I wasn’t prepared. When changing gears the bike slipped into neutral and then back down into first with the throttle open. I just let go of my bike. I remember everything kind of changed into slow motion. One second I was staring up at the beautiful blue sky, the next I was upside down. I could see my bike in front of me turning and flipping, fairings shattering, and pieces flying in every direction. Luckily I was able to walk away and I was back on craigslist that night, looking for another bike. I haven’t gone down on my bobber, however, while going southbound on 87 , at about 70 mph, my chain snapped and smacked me in my back. I thought I had been shot. Fortunately it was pretty cold that day and I was layered up. I had an imprint of the chain bruised into my skin, but it went away in about a week. I’ve also been through three license plate brackets and about six taillights on my bobber. You kind of expect issues to arise when you are on your bobber though.

Between your sports bike and your bobber, which bike would you prefer?

Without a doubt the Honda Shadow. It’s not the fastest thing, but that allows me to enjoy my surroundings. Plus, there is something really rewarding about riding a bike that you built. Most people don’t understand that unless they’ve done the same. My dad has a 2015 Harley Street Glide and always offers up his bike for my rides. I’ve turned it down every time.

Do you enjoy riding by yourself or with a group? Why?

Definitely with a group. I ride solo all the time. Sometimes I ride to work or the gym or just to clear my head. Everyone is always busy and has their individual stuff going on, so when we get a chance to get together it’s rare. I truly appreciate that time together. The comradery and brotherhood is special

Why orange?

The funny thing is I’m actually not a big fan of the color orange, but I’m a HUGE San Francisco Giants fan. I’ve been a fan for as long as I can remember. My dad used to take us to games out at Candlestick every year. I remember he would change the grades on my sister’s report card, because if you got a certain GPA you could get in for free. I try to go to as many games as I can nowadays, usually 10-20 every season. At the end of June I finished the original build and the tank was raw metal, gathering rust. Everyone asked me if I was going to paint it. I wanted to paint it black, but a lot of the guys already had black themed bikes, so I told myself that if the SF Giants made it to the playoffs I’d do an orange and black scheme. The Giants went 10-16 during the month of June so I never thought they would make the playoffs, let alone win the World Series haha. After I had the tank, oil tank, and headlight painted orange I wasn’t happy with the overall appearance. I felt it was missing something. It needed more orange and it needed more black. So I added the orange chain, orange grips, painted the chrome on the head light black, the chrome tips on the exhaust black, added orange reflector tape on the wheels, and wrapped the exhaust orange. I think there is a good balance of both colors now.

What do you enjoy most about riding your bobber?

To be honest it isn’t so much about riding as it is the things that have come along with it. At the beginning I had no idea that I would be a part of something so positive. I thought I would buy the bike and Mikey would help me chop it down and then that would be the end of my journey. Since I’ve built my bike I’ve met so many cool people that have been a positive part of my life. Guys that barely knew me would drop what they were doing to help me. And I’m not talking about just help with the bike. I’ve called on them multiple times for that and they’ve never failed me. Since building my bike I’ve seen over a half a dozen guys build their bikes and I can relate to the process. But I’m really talking about times that had nothing to do with motorcycles. They were there for me when a close cousin of mine passed away, there for me during the holidays when I wasn’t able to spend time with my family, and there for me during the celebration of my 30th birthday. I could go on and on. At the end of the day it has very little to do with riding, and much to do with the selfless and genuine relationships developed in our LNSPLTBVLD family.

What are your future plans for the bike?

My bike is a work in progress, as are most bobbers. I’d eventually like to go suicide with mid-pegs. I don’t have a garage so big projects like that usually revolve around the free time of other LNSPLTBLVD guys. I’m not sure if I’d ever sell it since it is my first build, but I’d definitely like to build another one sometime soon.

Did you name your bike? If so, what did you name it and why?

I did name her. Initially I didn’t because I knew the identify of the bike would change. Even when the SF Giants won the world series and I began to change it from raw rusted metal to orange and black I had trouble deciding on a name that would fit. I wanted a feminine name that could also double as something that was significant and powerful. I had built this bike and it was something I was proud of. I felt like I was doing a disservice to my bike leaving it without a name. I would pass by it everyday, sitting there at the top of my driveway, nameless. Well, I listen to a lot of sports talk radio, KNBR to be specific, and I heard this word over and over again…that word was DYNASTY. I thought that it was a perfect fit! The word itself embodies something powerful. Something long lasting. The SF Giants (black and orange) theme fit perfectly. And thus Dynasty was born.

Any tips for newbies?

Surround yourself by positive people and remember it’s okay to make mistakes. The LNSPLTBLVD/Legion Cycle guys have been extremely supportive and helpful. When I first started building my bike in May 2014 my knowledge of motorcycles was very limited. I made sure to ask a lot of questions along the way. I remember building my bike in Mikey’s garage and guys I had never met would come over to check it out. They ended up helping me out with a lot of things. A year ago I didn’t know what a carburetor was or what it really did. Now I can remove mine from my bike in less than 10 minutes. It’s definitely a learning process. Troubleshooting comes pretty natural to me, so taking things apart and putting them back together is the way I learn things. That is essentially the first majority of a build. Once you do that you’ll know how your bike works.