I don’t have to introduce the quarantine anymore. We’re all at home. We all know what’s happening and what we should be doing. We’re almost all bored and I, for one, might be losing my brain—but there’s hope! Some of our favorite custom motorcycle builders have been hard at work in their garages knocking out incredible work and posting all the progress up to their social media outlets. There are a few contests and build-offs going on with hashtags to follow those as a whole, or you can see some specific builders we enjoy and their builds on the list below.
Roland Sands Design has its CoronaVirus Bike Build-Off that’s offering tons of prizes from different sponsors; follow along with that one at #coronavirusbikebuildoff. There are some great builds ranging from amateur to fully professional, but all entertaining.
Born-Free 12 builders are still plugging along, despite the show’s dates now being moved to September 26–27. You can see most of their progress at #BornFree12.
- Ron George is working on a beautiful aluminum Yamaha TX750
- Ry Seidler’s polished Ironhead that he’s putting together for Born-Free.
- Jeff Wright is doing something different, in making a dual shock FTR 1200.
- Steven Bate is competing for Biltwell People’s Champ with a Yamaha Virago 920 chopper—always cool to see that powerplant being used in new ways.
- Christian Newman is an engineering wizard who spends entirely too much time polishing stainless. His descriptions are in-depth and his work is incredible; he is now working on a stunning slabside Shovelhead.
- Craig Rodsmith’s Moto Guzzi sidecar build is taking form with beautiful sheet metal work, like we’re used to seeing from Craig.
- Colt Wrangler is doing a high performance XS650 build with some incredible-looking fabrication.
- Roland Sands himself is working on his dad’s iconic old chopper, the “Peyote Puffer,” the bike that inspired Roland’s Indian build, “The Mescalero.”
- Jake Drummond and the guys at Cafe Racers of Instagram have been working on this radical Honda Hawk GT.
- The venerable Maxwell Hazan has been posting steady progress on his two-engine turbo-powered Velocette—not a set of words you get to put together often.
- Kerry Sano at Velocita Moto is working on an MV Agusta Magni.
If you have another awesome build that we missed, we would love to see it! Please email a link or pictures to Morgan.Gales@bonniercorp.com.