In September 2011, when learning of the sudden death of Christian Clayton, co-owner with his father Geri of limited edition manufacturer Sucker Punch Sallys, not many in the industry thought that the company would be able to survive. At the time, Christian’s family contacted me to state their firm intention to continue the business. Then, complete silence until yesterday evening when Sucker Punch Sallys contacted me again to reveal that JP Barbeau has been appointed as Vice President and General Manager. Mr. Barbeau comes to Sucker Punch Sallys with nearly 20 years of motorcycle industry experience including substantial time in both dealer and OEM operations. Most recently, he served as the Director of Dealer Development for Indian Motorcycle Company prior to its sale to Polaris in April 2011.
Sucker Punch Sallys was originally created in 2002 in Ohio by custom builders Jeff Cochran and Donnie Loos. It was the first limited edition manufacturer in the industry to specialize in old school stripped-down Bobbers and Choppers sold at reasonable prices. They were very successful, even more when the economy went down the drain making Sucker Punch Sally’s’ bike models even more desirable because of their affordability. Later, Geri and Christian Clayton joined the company with the big ambition of building hundreds of bikes every year at their Arizona manufacturing facility. After a 3-year transition, both Jeff and Donnie, somewhat tired of the production business, decided to definitively severe their relation with Sucker Punch Sallys and Christian Clayton and his father Geri became solely in charge of the business.
Sucker Punch Sallys intends to stay true to its traditional biker values by providing the best stripped-down bobber and choppers at affordable prices. The old school no- nonsense style of bikes that started Sucker Punch Sallys are the bikes that today they still want to build. The company states they now rely on a modernized facility in Scottsdale, AZ with the ability to build up to 100 bikes a month.
JP Barbeau will serve as the lead in all company operations including sales/marketing, dealer development, product development and apparel. He said ” This represents a truly great opportunity for me to help grow a unique brand with a history of quality products and nearly limitless potential. The Sucker Punch Sallys’ brand has the ability to become a household name in the industry, and that will be one of my goals” Sucker Punch Sallys.