Rock, Rumble & Rebellion Chronicles: Custom Paint by Gilby’s Street Department
After nailing the paint on last year’s Rock, Rumble & Rebellion bagger, Gilby’s Street Department got the call once again from the Sturgis Buffalo Chip and Kuryakyn to paint this year’s bike. Doesn’t hurt that your company does world-class work and completed last year’s project ahead of schedule.
“We always have a deadline and I think that’s why they went with us again because last year we were ahead of the deadline and got done early. This year, the same thing, we had it done ahead of time,” said Todd “Gilby” Gilbertson.
With all of the insane motorcycle racing going on at The Chip this summer, from Super Hooligan dirt trackers to street drags to supermoto through the campground to an American Flat Track TT race in the amphitheater, Woody and the gang wanted a bike that symbolizes its impending “Moto Stampede.”
“They wanted to have a racier theme so they went with just straight lines so it had a race feel to it. I think that’s because of all the flat track racing that’s going on right now, that’s kind of a big thing,” said Gilby.
Kuryakyn and The Buffalo Chip collaborated on the paint scheme, picked the colors, then gave Gilby’s a drawing.
“I just followed what they wanted, the colors, the stripes, the matte finish and all that, it was all on paper. All I had to do was follow their directions.”
But don’t let Gilby’s downplay their role. It’s a labor intensive, multi-step process, from base coat to clear coat to satin finish. And executing somebody else’s vision on paper doesn’t directly translate to a three-dimensional medium.
“The lines match up real well so it looks real simple but when you do layout the paint scheme, just as a painter, it’s way more complex than what it looks. It’s almost like drawing a perfect circle or a perfect straight line. Both of them are pretty hard to do and we have tons of straight lines on that one, ya know?
“So when you’re looking at the graphics on a piece of paper, it’s flat, and we’re working on a round tank and rounded covers. So when you lay the lines out they gotta be at a certain angle so they appear straight. It takes a lot of trial and error and you’re putting tape on and off and standing back to look at it. And the bike of course is on the lift and at eye level looks one way, then you put it on the ground then your lines line up differently so you gotta find the happy medium.
“The paint is super high-quality (They used House of Kolor paints on the project). When you paint stuff that’s matte finish you can’t have no dust or nothing, it’s got to be perfect because you can’t sand or buff them out,” said Gilby.
Once again they nailed it on the head. The thick, offset stripe on the front fender and fairing set the tone. The stripes flow perfectly from the tank to the side covers to the saddlebags. The lines themselves are tight and precise.
“I think the theme is awesome. When you look at the front of the bike, it’s got that racy look because it’s got one stripe off to the side, one side’s fat and the other side’s thin, so it’s got that cool, early hot rods look. Squared off, streamlined, it’s not peacocky, it’s not dancin’ around. It’s pretty much flat out,” added Gilby.
Gotta love a company where you can drop off the parts and “Wham, we went to work and got it done.”
Gilby’s got it done all right. Ahead of schedule. That’s a big reason why they’re a well-known name in hot rod and custom motorcycle circles. Gilby’s will “Get-R-Done.”