I always say that a client should select his Custom Builder like he would select any top expert, like deciding on a Surgeon. After thoroughly checking his references and spending a lot of time talking to him. After that, trust him at 100%. Let him do his work and never challenge him. He is the expert. Not you. It’s exactly what Daryl did when he selected Mike Tomas as his Custom Builder. After several years checking on many builders’ work, when he saw the custom Indian bike built by Mike for the S&S 50th Anniversary Celebration, Daryl knew right away that “Kiwi Indian” had to build his dream bike.
And he took the best approach for a successful collaboration. He just gave Mike Tomas a short list of his requirements along with a deposit, and after agreeing on a paint job color told him that he would not intervene until the bike would be finished. If you are serious Custom Builder, nothing more motivating than to feel 100% trusted by a client who let you free to work your magic with your crew.
I am in Cincinnati at the V-Twin Expo, and although it’s a trade show with entry only for professionals and medias, this morning Daryl will be authorized to access the show floor and the Kiwi Indian booth to look for the 1st time at his bike (reason why I didn’t publish sooner these pics taken in California before the trip to Ohio). Follows the list of main parts used on Daryl’s Retro 30’s Kiwi Indian custom built. Kiwi 84″ Flathead engine, 4 speed overdrive synchromesh transmission, Kiwi rigid frame, Kiwi leaf spring forks, Kiwi internal controls, Kiwi adjustable height seat with classic external springs, Oil tank in right front side of gas tank, Kiwi tail light, a vintage style luggage rack that is easily fitted to the bike with an easy on/off mounting system (not visible on these pictures), Removable electronic speedometer. Optional on this model are foot shifter, hand clutch, electric start. Kiwi Indian Motocycles (letter r is omitted on purpose in word “motocycle” and you should know why)