You’ve said before that fabrication was a dying art. When you go to a bike show, a lot of people just gather a bunch of new and old parts together and put it onto a bike and call themselves fabricators. To you, is fabrication literally making new parts?
In a sense, they are all fabricators; there are probably some people who think I’m not a fabricator. I get that a lot, especially when I bring a bike to a show and it looks like I haven’t done shit. People will say “Cool, you built the gas tank” or stuff like that.
But is that part of your design philosophy – to build a custom bike in such a way that everything looks like it belongs, or like it could have been a part of the original setup to the untrained eye?
Bingo! With both motorcycles and cars, I try to keep things looking as if the manufacturer or factory race team built it… Or what I felt they would have done if they had the present-day technology. Also details. To me, that’s super fun. I love it when friends or other builders build bikes that I can stare at for hours on end just noticing new little details I hadn’t seen a few minutes prior.