If you want to really appreciate a custom motorcycle, learn about its builder. To learn about the builder, just read his bio. Understanding where he or she comes from, his or her personal and professional experiences will make you look at his work from his own perspective. In a few words, Chris Fletcher of Speed Shop Design is born with the gene of speed and started his fast lane life by racing remote controlled cars, then bicycles that he built, then a Honda CB350 that he customized and logically became a Gearhead tinkering with everything that he could make go faster.
To refine his skills he went to the Cranbrook Academy of Art where he earned his MFA in design and metal arts, and falling in love with Japanese philosophy and aesthetics went to work in the restoration of priceless Samourai swords and armors. Special 6, name of the custom bike you are looking at is a fusion between the past and the present, an assembly of parts designed with a Zen approach, a great talent of craftsmanship to express visual speed, where the builder is the designer because only the designer knows how each part should be fabricated, polished, painted, then installed to look beautiful and perform.
3 years in the making (don’t rush the build, but ride the hell out of it when it’s completed), “Special 6” features some very interesting parts like the one-off front end of the type internal springer that Chris fabricated out of laser cut stainless steel. Gas tank was born after intense hammering and re-welding of the one equipping a Yamaha RD200. Rear fender was meticulously shaped starting from 1936 Ford spare tire cover. Engine is from a 1978 Sportster, the air cleaner from a 1936 Ford horn scoop. The very cool seat was hammered out of a single sheet of 16-gauge stainless steel with a drilled arms pivot on the top tube to allows the shock to work. You can also admire the plumbing work around the 1978 Sportster engine. Chris won the last FastDates LA Calendar Show, in the Pro Builder category, and now you know why.
Speed Shop Design services range from “ideation”, design, modeling to prototyping and fabrication for everything from lighting and furniture to cars and motorcycles without forgetting espresso machines…(photography Studio 889)