by Alain Panneton
An important part of custom
painting is of course pinstriping.
Few people truly master this art that
requires extreme dexterity coupled
with the ability to layout lines and
colors. Whatever the use, either as
a complement to an intricate mural
done with the airbrush or to enhance the shape of a
custom car or even as an awesome centerpiece, pinstriping
is truly an art.
When we talk about pinstriping, here in Quebec, the
first name that comes to mind is L’Artix. Born in Beauce,
Quebec, under the name of André Roy, L’Artix grew up
around cars and motorcycles. As a young boy he worked
in the family garage, doing errands and painting everything
he could put his hands on (even engines), inspired by
those painters from the States that painted psychedelic
murals on their cars.
by André Bobinas
This industry is filled with talented, unique bike builders! Whether they are
using their mastery of bending the will out of sheet metal or cutting up a
frame, their goal is to create something different. It is becoming more and
more challenging to travel the road of “unique one off!
After a builder has spent so much time and effort creating his custom, what
does he do for custom wheels? Many simply pull out a catalog and order
a nice set of wheels from there, certainly realizing that the bike that may be
parked next to them at the next show or bike night may have the exact same
wheels as they have chosen for their “unique project”. Unfortunately, many
do not know about a little secret hidden in the industry…MM Billetworks!
MM Billetworks can create unique two-dimensional or three-dimensional
wheels for your stock or custom builds! If you have ever been stopped in your
tracks, staring at some wheels you have never seen before, and wondered
“who makes THOSE wheels?”. Chances are it was MM Billetworks!
Scott McCoy and Blair McGrath of MM Billetworks are both passionate
about the motorcycle industry. They specialize in materializing customer
visions into reality! Blair has been a certified tool and die maker for over
22 years. Blair pulled his first radical three-dimensional rim from the CNC
over 8 years ago. They use the latest technology...
With this issue Revolution Motorcycle Magazine (RMM) takes on its second year.
RMM took a time out after the first year to reflect on its progress.
You, the readers, helped us by giving us your suggestions and letting us know what was going
on around you. We thank you and invite you to continue to do so. You have read the magazine
and were kind enough to let us know. You appreciated the Canadian contents as well as the
diversified international contents, the technical information, the quality and the design of the
magazine, and the fact that it has been distributed in English and in French. You have welcomed
the magazine with warmth and positive vibes. RMM believe that we have accomplished our
mission by filling a void within the V-Twin and custom motorcycle industry in Canada.
We feel the present and the future of this custom bike industry is uncertain, due in part to the
strong competition combined with the strong Canadian dollar on the international market.
This was quite obvious during our visit at the V-Twin Expo in Cincinnati (see article in this
issue). The American market is shaky to say the least, therefore forcing Americans to turn
their attention to the Canadian market, despite their...
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Dreaming of seeing new sceneries and new destinations, all this
on a Harley to fulfill the perfect dream? I have one word for you.
“Spain.” Marco of H. Rent is a Quebecer living in that country
since 1980. Marco has been renting Harleys for about two
years now and has been one of the three organizers of the
“Murcia Hot Rally” for about four years.
Marco has adopted Murcia, a town of 400,000 inhabitants
located on the East coast at about 47 km north of Cartagena
and 50 km from the Mediterranean coast. Murcia is where
“tapas” were invented and in certain bars you can find up
to 50 varieties.
When he comes back to Canada from time to time, Marco
speaks well of his new home. He finds the people warm-hearted,
the landscapes breathtaking. Plus the cost of living is affordable
and the weather is wonderful with about 300 sunny days a year,
so that you can roll on down the highway all year long, something
to dream about. In Spain there are about 150,000 bike
enthusiasts and 25,000 of them ride Harleys, that along with
many other riders that come from other European countries.
For those who have already heard of him
and those who have never heard of him
allow me to tell you the story of Denis
Babin. Denis was born October 17, 1957
in Riviere du Loup in Quebec. At that time
his father was working for the Canadian
National railroad company in Trois Pistoles.
Denis is the younger of two kids. At the
age of 6 the family moved to St Quentin
in New Brunswick when his father
acquired the family business (general
store) from his grandfather. Unbeknownst
to Denis at the time, this change in his life
would help forge his experience for his
At around 8 or 9, he started repairing
bicycles in his father’s garage on the
second floor and started developing his
mechanical skills. At the age of 15 – in
1973 – he decided to go join his brother
for the summer and worked on the railroads
in British Columbia. Having experienced
the adventure of travelling, he left school
the following Easter to go work in Sept
Iles with one thought in mind: buy a
motorcycle. Two months later he took off
for Sault Ste Marie where after cheating
a little bit on his birth certificate he was
hired on a construction site. Thanks to
his self-confidence it took him no time to
become the rep for his local union. As
soon as he had been hired he bought his
first bike, a 1972 Honda 175....