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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.

The idea of a build off came to me when I chillin on my dad’s hammock in the backyard. Directly across from me was Ruby (my CB750) that was now in oblivion. Ruby was stripped off paint, fenders removed, and left lifeless of what was supposed to be a “Cafe” build that I once anticipated. Bought on Christmas day in 2015, I was stoked to take on a new project. A bike that I always dreamt of having.

As you can see above, the bike was mint, a classic, but it was missing something. My personal touch. I didn’t want to ride something that was done by somebody else. It was like dating a girl that still reeks of her ex boyfriend. So into the chop shop it went, aka my garage.

I took Ruby to Elk Grove, where I currently work and live. Bars were the first to come off, then fenders, then paint, the whole 9. It was good progress. Everything went as planned until I saw an article on facebook titled “The best roads to ride in California”. The article sparked an idea and months later we were riding Hwy 36 and the Avenue of the Giants. Because of the epic ride, Ruby was put aside to make space for Rusty. Rusty needed a makeover and had to be prepped for the 700 miles round trip up north.

Once the trip was over, it was time to work on Ruby, SIKE! While surfing the net, aka craigslist, I found a great deal on a project that I also dreamt of having. A couple texts back and forth and I was a proud owner of a 1930 Ford Model A. As you can see, I am now running out of time and space for Ruby. So what did I do? I brought it back to my parents house and left it to collect dust until that day…that special hammock “chillin” day.

“Let’s have a fucken build off! Cafe racer/brat style, no rules, no budget, only catch is your bike gotta start and pass the test run.” I told the guys.

“Down, Down, Down” everyone was on board and the fire under everyone’s ass was lit!

Today was the last cycle swap of 2015. I came and found what I wanted. Winning!

The waiting line…

Gates open at 830

Brought my wagon this time to save me trips from walking back and forth to the car

My co-pilot holding down the swaggaaa wagon lol

Good people good vibes

My buddy Pete’s area. Pete is the fella who sold me his 69 Gen Shovel

Trending now…minibikes

Tanks…

Brains…

Ex-Policia

Immaculate

Deserves another shot

Love this bike. He’s a regular too

This reminds me of my bike

Something different

See you next year!

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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.

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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!

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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!