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 […]

Tim Scates Handbuilt Showcase – “Amy’s Twisted Bobber”

With intricate engraving on the split rocker boxes, a touch of gold inlay on the tank, and a perfectly twisted downtube on its frame, it’s easy to see why Tim Scates 2006 bobber has been killing it on the custom bike show scene. The list of awards the bike has won is long. “Best of […]

Steven “Choppa” Bates Standout 1956 Panhead Chopper

Motorcycles weren’t always Steven Bates thing. But as an artist, he’s always been the creative type. Thankfully, about 15 years ago, he picked up an old chopper mag, saw the work and craftsmanship put into the medium, and it stirred something inside him. Because even though the magazine might have spurred an epiphany, the biker lifestyle […]

American Iron Garage: Garage Built

Lemonade Vodka Build Steve changes his ’74 XLCH chopper into a Knuckle lookalike text by Steven Wyman-Blackburn photos by Steve Lita Why or how lemonade became the accepted platform to describe how people make the best of otherwise unpleasant dilemmas is beyond me. While I understand that the metaphor is contingent upon the originating sour situation, I’ve always felt that […]

A Budget Motorcycle Bobber From Springers Custom Cycles

Looking for a fun, around-town blaster? Then this little bobber may be just the bike for you! Selling for about $19,000 as you see it, the Apollo is a nice-handling, dependable machine that won’t break your wallet. Let’s start with my favorite part of a bike, the powertrain. An 88″ RevTech engine (three-year warranty) moved […]

Steve “Street Rod” builds a chopper to rival the pros

Before I go on and on about this being Nutmegger Steve Van Blarcom’s first bike build, which it is, you should know that he’s a successful and well-respected builder of hot rods and classic automobiles. To say that he’s mechanically inclined just wouldn’t do his skills justice. Having built countless custom hot rods and performed […]

Problem Child, Custom 2002 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

Have you ever known somebody who always seemed to be down on his luck, some-one who lives under a perpetual gray cloud? When I was in high school, we had a guy like that. If he didn’t have bad luck, he’d have no luck at all. Fittingly, we nicknamed him Chief Gray Cloud. Another friend […]