Written by Martin Hodgson
You know it for its Bourbon, Derby and Fried Chicken, but the Bluegrass State of Kentucky celebrated for its fertile pastures, is a place where you get back what you put in. That’s meant Scott Halbleib has been successful in the corporate world, been a bartender and grafted as a carpenter; but where he truly excels is building custom motorcycles. The owner of H Garage is also no stranger to the ups and downs of life but infused with his father’s love and hard work he finds a way to make the best of any situation. That’s truly embodied in his latest build, a once big and boring 2014 Honda Valkyrie that he’s expertly sculpted into a sophisticated 21st century street fighter.
With gasoline in his veins and a true biker at heart, Scott is also the organiser of the Kentucky Kick Down Motorcycle Festival, a 3 day vintage bike extravaganza. But after it’s over comes the predictable comedown, “It’s the post Kickdown slow down at the shop. So much time is spent organising and promoting the show from mid summer on, the shop slows a bit. So it’s time to find some Winter clients and get back to work,” Scott tell us. It was around this time he received a cold call, with a guy wanting his 2014 Valk customised. The first reaction was to find a way to let him down nicely… until the creative wheels started turning!
“So tables were turned and it was time for me to do some convincing. I left him a text message to ponder, telling him that I thought this could be a very interesting project, and hoped that he’d sleep on it and reconsider pulling the plug. The next morning there was a knock on the garage door, and there he was sitting on the behemoth. A quick nod was all it took to confirm and we set off on a lengthy project,” Scott smiles. Putting his well honed graphic design skills to the test, he came up with a number of sketches, a loose design that the owner agreed on, “Think massive street fighter that you can ride to the Opera with your fancy clothes on.”
Now it was time to get the big girls clothes off and with 752lbs pounds of flesh from the factory there is no shortage of them to hit the floor. The bare bones would remain stock, the frame, wheels and suspension all being left as they were. The fuel tank was the first area tackled with the factory cell itself remaining in place, but to achieve the look he was after Scott has fabricated a shell that is then welded in place. But for the design to literally begin to take shape he reached for the modelling clay that was then covered in a paper template. Two attempts later and the design was transferred onto steel through the laborious task of shrinking, hammering and stretching.
“Now it was … Plus d’infos
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