By Edith Tassé
I’ve got this “thing” about devices with motors in them. It’s beyond my control. I have an uncontrollable urge to take
things apart and modify them whether they’re lawn mowers, tractors, weed whackers, outboards, snowmobiles,
cars or ATVs. Gladly today I can finally say that my modification impulses have yielded “my” very own custom bike.
I grew up in a mechanical environment. My father was a mechanic by trade and my two brothers are mechanics as
well. You can probably guess that our yard was always filled with machines ! Most machines were motocross
bikes or snowmobiles in dismal condition that were often mended with bailing wire. But as long as they
made noise and ran I was a happy kid. All that to say that I am today the proud owner of a motorcycle
that is not at all dismal but superb ! A Night Rod I affectionately named the Black Widow !
And no she wasn’t built with just
anything or by just anyone !
By Rob Durisin
Hey ! I’m Rob Durisin from Toronto, Ontario and
this is my second bike built by John Shope of
Sinister Industries in Scottsdale, Arizona. Last
year I had John build me a 2009 Street Glide
named “Game Over”. The bike was and is amazing
but I wanted something more, something no
one else had, and something that would raise
the bar. John came up with the idea of doing
a Road Glide with a thirty-inch front wheel, a
bike that lays frame and has a fixed front fairing
amongst many other features. The end result
was a bike that raised the bar further than most
people could imagine. It has won the Baddest
Bagger in Sturgis Award, won at the Las Vegas
Bikefest as well as many other honours here in
By Charlie Lessard
Every once in a while there comes along a bike that you know is nothing short of extraordinary. You know
what I mean ? The kind of bike that makes you spit sand and gravel for a week on account of the fact
that it made your jaw drop and your tongue drag on the hot dusty asphalt in the parking lot. The kind of
bike that makes your wife yell at you to get back in the car because your spastic physical maneuvers and
horrid dialect brought on by such a machine is embarrassing her and the children. The kind of bike that
pisses-off the other guys cause it gets their girlfriends just a little too horny! Such is the fact with the bike
you see before you. This blue-coloured shining example comes from the Langley District in B.C and was
built and painted in-house by two of this part of the country’s fieriest young custom motorcycle builders.
By Alain Panneton
When you embark on building a chopper, you know when you start but never
know where it will take you. You have a basic idea of what you want, you plan
a budget for the project, you think you know how you want it to look but
unfortunately it rarely happens the way you planned it. Building “American
Beauty” did not escape this reality.
That is how Mr. Simon Voyer ended up living the project he had undertaken for the Quebec
Chopper specialist, Moto en Action. Starting with a K9 Big Dog, a purebred American
chopper, Simon wanted to create a custom motorcycle that would look as awesome as it
felt. Since he needed help with the project he asked Jess, the owner-operator of Classic
Steel, to give him a hand.