Motorcycles | 7 July 2017The Real 1% Biker Garages Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Every biker should have a local shop to hang out with like-minded brothers. A shop not only functions as a motorcycle fabrication shop, but it’s also the center of social activities, a part of the community. It is a place where young men learn to wrench on their scoots and learn how to be bikers, a place where you can drink beer and belch really loud. When motorcycles are your religion, it is your church. From One Percenter Revolution: Riding Free in the 21st Century is a quick look at several shops where today’s bikers hang, drink beer, and wrench on their scoots. Hog Killers Aki Sakamoto is one of the most talented and yet also one of the most humble and friendliest custom bike builders in the country. He has a great eye for design, a true love of old iron and old-school choppers, and a wonderful sense of humor. He calls his shop Hog Killers because he takes big, fat, stock Harley hogs and trims them down to lean, mean choppers. Aki was Jesse James’s top engine builder and ace mechanic at West Coast Choppers (WCC). After the TV chopper madness moved on to the exploits of the Kardashians, Aki opened Hog Killers. Hog Killers does it all, from changing the oil to full-on ground-up custom builds. Hog Killers also offers its own brand of cool custom parts and accessories. The HK parts line is not some cheap, mass-produced, overseas crap; it’s all proudly made in the USA. Aki does all the wrenching, chopping, and fabricating with the help of a dude named Tetsu. Contact Info: Hog Killers Inc., 562-276-3427, www.hogkillers.com Indian Larry Motorcycles Bobby and Elisa Seeger of Indian Larry Motorcycles are the nicest people in the world, and they’ve been through much grief, first with the passing of Larry in 2004, then with the passing of their son Aidan to adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) in 2012. Indian Larry Desmedt’s shop Grease Monkey in Brooklyn was known for the mechanicalness of Larry’s motorcycles. Larry liked to see every detail displayed. A simple motorcycle stunt called “the crucifix,” which Larry had done a million times before, went wrong during the filming of an episode of Discovery Channel’s Great Biker Build-Off. Larry fell backwards off the bike, hit his head on the pavement, and died. But the motorcycles that Larry loved live on in Indian Larry Motorcycles in New York. Bobby and Elisa Seeger still run the shop. Contact Info: Indian Larry Motorcycles, 718-609-9184, www.Indianlarry.com Spitfire Motorcycles To see the best examples of meticulously hand-built custom choppers, look no further than Paul Cavallo’s Spitfire Motorcycles. Paul grew up in his father’s machine shop, working with some hardcore bikers. It wasn’t the long gray beards or dirty vests that drew Paul to the biker lifestyle; it was the killer choppers they rode. Paul used to hang around the old Harley dealership in Pomona known as “the brick yard,” driving everyone nuts asking questions about bikes that he clearly couldn’t afford. Since he couldn’t buy a bike outright, he decided to hit the swap meets. He came upon a lot of beat-down, shitty old parts, and he got a world-class education in how to repair cracked and broken engine cases. He discovered a shop called Beck’s Chopper Design and convinced Jim Beck that he was serious about building a bike. The crew at Beck’s took Paul under their wings and taught him all sorts of stuff, like how to sweep the shop floor, pick up food, and run parts around. That shop became a second home to Paul. When Paul started making the parts he couldn’t afford, some friends noticed and wanted Paul to make some for them as well. Paul dug into his dad’s machine shop and started making a few parts to sell, just to fund another build down the road. The orders started rolling in pretty heavy so Paul started a parts company called American Made. Eventually, Paul started Spitfire Motorcycles. His goal was simple: provide quality, American-produced parts at a price that people can afford. It’s not easy to compete with companies that are importing their goods from Taiwan or China when you have the overhead of a manufacturing facility in California. Paul Cavallo builds motorcycle parts because he loves motorcycles, and he can’t see himself doing anything else. He can usually be found in his shop at all hours of the day and night. Contact Info: Spitfire Motorcycles www.spitfiremotorcycles.com Buy From an Online Retailer One Percenter Revolution: Riding Free in the 21st Century finishes the trilogy started by best-selling author and editor of Easyriders magazine Dave Nichols with One Percenter: The Legend of the Outlaw Biker and The One Percenter Code: How to Be an Outlaw in a World Gone Soft. The biker lifestyle began in earnest in the years following World War II and hit its first peak in the 1960s and ’70s. That popularity was renewed in the 21st century. It makes sense. In this world of declining earning power and fiercely enforced politically correctness, the anti-hero figure of the outlaw biker stands above the crowd, a beacon of freedom. One Percenter Revolution introduces readers to a whole new generation of rebels dedicated to living on the edge and letting their freak flags fly! The book is populated with nonconformists, from 20-something bikers breathing new life into the 1970s outlaw lifestyle to city-dwelling café racers who ride the razor’s edge. From Euro parkour disciples of danger to wing suited batmen, this revolution is gaining in momentum like a rat rod doing a smoky burnout. One Presenter Revolution follows a whole new generation of wolves thriving in a land of sheep. Sons of Anarchy has inspired young people to don leathers and twist the grip on stripped down motorcycles, looking to quell their thirst for rebellion, and films like Mad Max: Fury Road preaches to would-be War Boys, the stage is set to explore the evolution of outlaw bikers and the revolution of the modern savage. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.