It's not too often that we come across stories of compassion and humanitarianism here at Street Chopper, so if you don't feel a little warm and fuzzy inside after reading about Brian Adams' little tale, then you have no soul! No, this isn't the "Everything I Do, I Do it For You," Bryan Adams from the Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves soundtrack. This Brian Adams is the owner and custom fabricator of kickass bikes for Subculture Cycles in Scottsdale, AZ.
Brian started building this '06 Custom with his buddy and right-hand man Kurt Wohldmann, a pilot for America West Airlines, to replace a bike that he thought was as good as sold about two-and-a-half years ago. However, things didn't exactly go as Brian planned.
After completing the first build, he wanted to show off his creation at the Easyriders show in Pomona, CA. He only rode the bike once before leaving for SoCal, and when he arrived to the show, before he could even unload the bike from the truck, some rich old lady from Beverly Hills offered to buy it right then and there.
It's safe to assume that the moment of sale is something of a bittersweet moment for builders, because they work their tails off for so long and they usually form some kind of relationship with their bikes. He was stunned, and felt a little apprehensive to sell something that he had only ridden once. The lady offered to give him a deposit for the bike, which he reluctantly took; however, he made one stipulation to the potential buyer: he wanted to keep it for two more months so he could show it off in Daytona. Fortunately for Brian, the buyer agreed to the terms and the deal was made.
Brian, a little bit bummed about parting with his bike, started to second-guess his decision in selling. So he did what any other bike builder would do: build another one. He began immediately, and after two months he had a finished roller, complete with an '06 Paughco frame and an 80-inch H-D Evo that he sent to his buddy "White Knuckle" John of White Knuckle Performance to port the heads. When John was finished he sent it back to Brian. At this point, the bike was just about ready to be painted, but before he went any further, Brian called his prospective buyer, but guess what? His prospective buyer had fallen off the face of the earth-figuratively speaking, of course.
"She was one of those rich old Beverly Hills types who had a bunch of money and a bunch of toys, and she just kind of flaked out on the deal," Brian recalled.
This posed a new dilemma for Brian. Now he was stuck with not one, but two almost identical bikes. For you builders out there, it ain't necessarily cheap to build a ground-up custom, so you understand Brian's concern. Well, he cut his losses with said buyer and kept the deposit and the bike.
Enter Good Samaritans (and angels on Brian's shoulders) Nannette and Jay Lontayao, who've known Brian for some time now. "Every bike I have ever personally built for myself, they have ended up buying." Brian said.
Since the cycle gods were on Brian's side, Jay and Nanette came to visit him shortly after Daytona and were sympathetic to his situation. They took one look at the two bikes and Nanette fell in love with them. So Brian finished up the replacement for her and presented it to her last year in Sturgis, SD.
So everything worked out: Brian got to keep his original bike, and Nannette was more than pleased with her new toy. A win-win for everyone!
You see? Don't you just want to applaud Nannette for being such a big sweetheart? It makes me want to give her a great big bear hug.
|ASSEMBLY:||BRIAN ADAMS, KURT WOHLDMANN|
|BUILD TIME:||6 MONTHS|
|** FRAME: **|
|YEAR/TYPE:||'06 ROLLING THUNDER RIGID|
|STRETCH:||6 INCHES UP, 5 INCHES OUT|
|**WHEELS,TIRES, & BRAKES: **|
|FRONT:||BLACK BIKE 21-INCH SPOKE|
|REAR:||COKER 16 X 5.00-INCH|
|COLOR:||ROOT BEER ORANGE|
|PAINTER:||MIGUELS PSYCLE PAINT|
|TAILLIGHT:||PYO SONCY SIDEMOUNT|
|FUEL TANK(S):||SUBCULTURE CYCLES|
|OIL TANK:||SUBCULTURE CYCLES|