Dream Ride Editor’s Choice Winner: The Red Mosquito 2004 Night Train

Photos by Mark Velazquez  Beneath the massive tent that houses the show bikes at the 2016 Dream Ride, one man stands out from the rest. His salt-and-pepper beard, trimmed yet full, his overalls cuffed to just below his calves, and his flip-flops exposing his toes to the subtle summer breeze set him apart from most […]

Revived Hellcat: Revival Cycles The Revival 140

The masterful fabrication skills of the team at Revival Cycles is well known. The latest demonstration of their talent can be seen on a Confederate Hellcat they call The Revival 140. The story goes a friend brought in the banged up Hellcat and asked Revival to put their spin on it. The result is an […]

Big Wheels Keep on Turnin’ – “Best of Show” at Patriot Ride (Intro)

Paul Lovas Rides Away with “Best of Show” trophy at Donnie Smith/Patriot Ride Bike Show The big-wheeler wasn’t supposed to still be in his garage. As a rule of thumb, Paul Lovas builds them, then sells them. Not this time. “That particular bike was supposed to go for sale a long time ago, but I […]

ARCH Motorcycle Company Gets ExperiMental

Gard Hollinger isn’t the type to rest on laurels. You couldn’t blame him for being complacent after launching Arch’s KRGT-1, a high end, fire-breathing power cruiser that’s been well received by the public and media while establishing a brand with the marketing leverage a partner like Keanu Reeves provides. But that’s not how Hollinger rolls, […]

Not Your Everyday Three-Wheeler – Russ Dueker’s “Holeshot”

Unconventional. 140 plates of 3/8” steel. 400 chrome bits and bolts. Rear bearings from a Peterbilt truck. Two wheels that work as one. Yes, unconventional is a good way to describe Russ Dueker’s industrial strength three-wheeler. Its uniqueness is also a major reason it constantly attracted a crowd at the Sturgis Rat’s Hole Custom Bike […]

“Racer X” – Rick Petko’s Sons of Speed Board Tracker Preview

What do you get when you combine 100-year-old motorcycle design with a 21st century craftsman? A board tracker called “Racer X.” The motorcycle in question was built by Rick Petko, a gifted bike builder, fabricator, and painter. While his talents were showcased to a national audience during his tenure with Orange County Choppers, these days […]

American Craftsmanship Alive and Well at Nash Motorcycle Company

The nondescript entrance to the building gives few clues about what’s going on behind its doors. Step inside though and you’re greeted by the gnarly knobby-shod build known as the Rustle Hustle, a 113 cubic-inch beast of an S&S providing its pulse. Behind the bike hangs the corrugated steel door from the old Nash Sickle […]

American Iron Garage: Garage Built

Therapy Build Evolution and survival through craft by Stephen Long Merriam-Webster defines evolution as “a process of continuous change from a lower, simpler, or worse to a higher, more complex, or better state.” For George Holland, the process of evolution has been a pertinent and sustained element of survival. “Evolution,” he says, “I like that […]

Giving Back: Thunder Struck Builds Custom Trike for Combat Hero SSgt. Meadows

“How do you feel about giving veterans their freedom back?” When Mark Daley of Thunder Struck Custom Bikes was asked this by a customer, he wasn’t sure what to think of the ambiguous question. Turns out the question came from John ‘Hardcharger’ Barker, a vet and Combat Hero Bike Build Chairman. A division of the […]

Oil Change & Museum Tour: Pit Stop at Arlen Ness Motorcycles

Five-hundred miles had come and gone on the new engine. Still 500 to go before home. But if you’ve gotta make a pit stop for a service job, Arlen Ness Motorcycles isn’t a bad place to have to stop. Backside of the building I roll up to the second-story garage on the Indian Chieftain Dark […]