Canadian bike builder Roger Goldammer was first known in the industry for his radical parts (billet aluminum front ends and frames), then reached fame for his pretty wild and futuristic custom motorcycles conceived to be not only aesthetically pleasing but also mechanically extremely innovative to go very fast on the track.
Most of his work until now has been a modern take on board track and Cafe Racers, each of his creations always including innovations like hidden swingarm suspension, V-Twin converted in single cylinder engine, front suspension part of the frame neck etc, often incorporating Nitous Oxide Systems to race on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
His main achievements include: 1st Place Overall and 1st Place Best Engineered Bike Oakland Roadster (2002), Triple AMD World Champion Of Bike Building (2004, 2005, 2008.) In order to have complete creative control on his work Roger Goldammer doesn’t build custom motorcycles for customers anymore and only builds bikes for himself, each of them being sold later to finance new projects. In the following interview he reveals some about his personal life (Top picture, copyright Horst Roesler. Bottom picture, copyright Tom Zimberoff)
Cyril. Who were your childhood heroes? Roger. Evil Knievil, Craig Breedlove. As I grew up, guys like Arlen and Pete Hill.
Cyril. Do you remember what was your 1st vehicle? Roger. Other than bikes, a blue 1964 Austin Mini woody wagon.
Cyril. If you were not working in the motorcycle industry, what would you do? Roger. Love cars too. Wouldn’t be hard for me to shift over.
Cyril. What is your favorite way to relax? Roger. Working on one of my own many projects.
Cyril. What are you afraid of? Roger. Getting too old to ride a dirt bike fast.
Cyril. What is the person you would love to meet? Roger. Film Director, screenwriter and producer Steven Spielberg.
Cyril. Which film made you cry? Roger. Haven’t seen that one yet.
Cyril. Name five things you hate. Roger. Arrogance, disrespect, girlfriend drama, OCC trinkets, people who hurt animals.
Cyril. What was the last book you read? Roger. Been a while, if I stop moving for any length of time, I fall asleep. Works for movies too…
Cyril. Where is your favorite vacation place? Roger. Bonneville Salt Flats.
Cyril. Do you have any guilty pleasures? Roger. Well, I am a licorice junky. No guilt though.
Cyril. Do you collect anything? Roger. Yes, apparently unfinished motorcycle projects. Well, cars too…
Cyril. What was your worst buy? Roger. A Chinese bead roller and various stocks.
Cyril. How do you take your coffee? Roger. In large quantities.
Cyril. What was the most embarrassing thing you have ever made? Roger. A fort for/with my boys that fell off its legs in a big wind storm.
Cyril. What is the best thing you can cook? Roger. I like to cook, not too creative though. Probably ribs.
Cyril. When was the time you were really angry? Roger. I don’t get really angry. Getting stabbed in the back by people you have been helping does it though…
Cyril. What is your perfect weekend when you are at home? Roger. When the phone doesn’t ring, spending time with my awesome boys, pretending I can skateboard with them on their half pipe.
Cyril. What is your preferred rally? Roger. It has to be Sturgis. Have had a lot of fun there…
Cyril. What is the worst question a journalist asked you? Roger. Is bike building a great way to make a living ?