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Crafts grows, I need to take all that in and re-

construct it into a cohesive ‘look,’ which to me has

always been a main guideline for constructing a

brand.

Wrenchmonkees: We are constantly working on our

style, trying to refine our simplicity and designs. Our

biggest influence is all kinds of bike builds out there.

We love to work out new solutions and ideas, but we

also ‘borrow’ design and fabrication solutions that

others have spent time developing. It’s difficult to

pinpoint what inspires us, everything from nature to

man-made designs are inspiring!

The ‘Gorilla Punch’ custom motorcycle by

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And of course we

would love to

mention all the

idols we have, but

the list is long and

our tastes are wide:

from Valtoron in

Spain, Death Spray

Customs in the UK

and Hidemo in

Japan, to Brawny

Built in the USA.

Is there a

motorcycle you

wouldn’t dare customize? Or is anything fair game?

Stulberg: I’d say most everything is fair game that

has been mass produced. I wouldn’t want to

disrespect a fine bespoke machine built by anyone

and cut it up to suit my tastes, I’d rather start over

with my own design that might be ‘inspired by’

instead of ‘taken from’. I would NEVER touch a Moto

Guzzi V8 or other storied racing bike—they were

made as the manufacturer/builder intended, and to

change them in any way is to remove the story that

goes along with their racing lineage.

Having said all that, I’d REALLY like to take on a

Ducati Apollo custom job.

Wrenchmonkees: Everything is fair game, no doubt,

but there are bikes we wouldn’t mess with to the

same extent than we usually do, simply because they

are too complicated or pure masterpieces in our

minds! Who wouldn’t love to own a factory Ducati

1199 Superleggera?

Yeh: It’s all about ability and possibilities—when I

see a bike I see the potential of the bike, but it has to

go back to the mechanical. Nowadays all

performance bikes are built to such a high standard

with all the electronics and finest details, if the

technology and mechanical aspect is not an issue I

think anything is fair game—there’s no bike too cool

to custom.

Pollock: I’d take a saw to just about anything,

although just this year I’ve had to say “no” to two

requests. When you transition into building bikes as

a business, if something looks like it’s gonna be a

‘time vampire’, it’s best to just say “no” and walk

away. People usually come to me having seen what

I’ve done in the past, so I don’t get requests for

choppers or brat

bikes. That said, I’m

doing my first bobber

and it’s really fun.

Won’t be the garden

variety though—a

little more high tech.

The ‘Punisher’

custom by Richard

Pollock of Mule

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Hageman: There is

absolutely no

motorcycle I wouldn’t

touch. I do think

though, that rare

vintage survivors should be left as such. I only

modify or alter bikes that are either plentiful or un-

restorable.

Rogers: We’ve already faced that kind of scenario, we

recently completed a ’76 BMW R90S. It’s an iconic

machine and Kev and I both felt that chopping it

about would be the wrong thing to do. We didn’t

even need to have the conversation. Instead, the bike

was given a subtle cosmetic overhaul but with

significant engine and brake modifications within, we

call it a resto-custom. There are different

approaches for different machines—we won’t be

making a Desmo flat tracker any time soon, but we

would give one a makeover that emphasized its

existing beauty.

What’s the most expensive lesson you’ve ever had to

learn?

Wrenchmonkees: Plenty of lessons to choose from

(see our answer to question #1), but one big lesson is

that you should always match your expectations with

the client’s, and make sure they know what extent of