Seattle gave us music legend Jimi Hendrix, alternative rock “grumge” music style (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam), Starbucks Coffee and now a group of creative local Custom Builders like RedSoul Motorcycles. RedSoul? Curious, I wanted to know the origin of the shop name, and as answer the only thing I could get was “It’s a closely guarded secret. Only few know unless you are in the inner circle – The RedSoul Mafia – a joking name for a group of drinking and riding buddies who trash their shop before going for cocktails and Hawaian grub or trashing their bars before starting a new project.” Seems like there are no Starbucks on their riding route…
Regarding “Sodo King”, name of this bike,, I learned that Sodo refers to the area of Seattle where the shop is located (South of Downtown) and the gritty culture that surrounds this industrial part of the city. Sodo is made up of artist lofts, bars, breweries and was the red light district back in the early 1900’s.
Now that you and me are Pacific Northwest situated, a few words about RedSoul. It was founded in 2006 by Matt Adams formally known for the wicked choppers he was building for Lucky Choppers, also located in Seattle. He was joined by businessman Don Schumacher both aiming at stretching further the concept of custom bikes turned into true art forms where design flows seamlessly into function. Style? They would agree that there is some strong Swedish Pedigree mixed with both East and West Coast Choppers influences.
Sodo King was built for Cory Ford, Matt’s close high school friend (and long standing member of the “RedSoul Mafia”) and conceived between rounds of cocktails at 9 Pound Hammer, their Saturday night “Secret Custom Builders Society” meeting place.
They agreed that this bike should rock the Seattle motorcycle world and picked a Diamond Chassis, a 113″ Ultima El Bruto, a 6-speed Ultima transmission, a BDL open belt system as their foundation. From there, Matt did an intense fabrication job, first modifying the frame for the perfect stance, then polishing in preparation for a perfect luster of chrome plating. Custom sheet metal continued with one-off or modified parts like exhaust, gas tank, fender, bars, oil tank, foot controls and a multitude of custom brackets. (Notice the beautiful stainless steel round bar inlay on most of the sheet metal). Wheels come from Foose (18 x 1o in rear, 21 x 3 front), tires from Metzeler. The cool seat is made at RedSoul and the paint was sprayed by Tim Condor. RedSoul Motorcycles. (photography courtesy Patrick Lennox Wright and Erik Christensen)
(Starting March 17, every 3rd Thursday of the month, all Choppers, Bobbers, Harleys, Hot Rods and Rat Rods meet at 6 pm at the Old Rainier Brewery 3200 Airport Way S. Seattle)