This is the story of Dain Gingerelli, editor of Iron Works Magazine. Gingerelli built for himself a bike from bike kit parts bought from Custom Chrome Inc. In April, he locked up a sure sale of his motorcycle but California DMV blocked the sale by refusing to issue a title. DMV has refused to give him any details about the investigation, other than acknowledging that it is investigating something related to the Custom Chrome bikes and that it affects all their California owners. Gingerelli says that an investigator told him the DMV is looking into a motorcycle shop that was improperly building and selling a large number of Custom Chrome kit bikes. As it happens, California State frequently goes after bike shops that sell large numbers of custom-built motorcycles. State law stipulates that kit bikes assembled by hobbyists for their own enjoyment are not subject to emission standards. No smog tests, no maintenance requirements and no special equipment. Some bikers touched by the Custom Chrome investigation have had their registration holds lifted. Gingerelli thinks that he knows why his hold has not been. He wrote on his registration form that friends from a motorcycle shop helped him assemble his bike although he didn’t pay for the help. It seems that three California DMV staffers were assigned to the case of the Custom chrome Bike Kits, each with 400 to 450 bikes to investigate. That could stick the number of affected bikes at 1,200 to 1,350. DMV doesn’t comment and only states that the investigation is ongoing. It is worth noting that recently, Custom Chrome informed its motorcycle dealers that it will no more sell any bike kits. I hope that Dain Gingerelli will develop this story in the pages of his Iron works Magazine.