The Bike Was Born in 1977. The Bike Builder In 1993.

If you start building such a quality bike when you are only 18 years old, probability is high that you inherited some kustom culture genes. Dad restores old cars and builds hot-rods in Hartford, South Dakota. a small city on the edge of Highway 90, just minutes west of Sioux Falls. Brother in law collects and tinker with Pans, Shovels and Knuckles… Kully Millage lives among Greasers, races dirt track bikes between the age of 11 and 17 and at 18 begins to dream of showing off an old school racing project in Sturgis during the 2011 AMD Championship Of Bike Building. And of course he will be the youngest entrant of the competition…

Pursuing the old racer look, Kully’s choice was to use a 1977 Ironhead Sportster engine and tranny in a Paughco frame, sacrifying performance enhancements for cosmetic improvements using both genuine parts from Harley (1942 Springer front end, Hollywood bars), from Triumph (rear fender) mixed with well known custom parts from Cole Foster (gas tank), Crime Scene Choppers (oil tank), Exile Cycles (rear Brake/Sprocket) Exhaust is Kully’s first High School welding job, and pinstriping is his first try at the art of handling squirrel, pony and camel hair brushes.  A lot of wing nuts for assembly complete the vintage racing look. Kully is currently building a second bike for the next Sturgis AMD Championship. Becoming a pro builder? Of course, it’s his dream. No website, yet, but if you need some help with your bike, you can contact him at 605-351-5249. (pictures Onno Wieringa courtesy AMD championship) 

19 Responses to “The Bike Was Born in 1977. The Bike Builder In 1993.”

  1. 1 Dale Feb 16th, 2012 at 9:17 am

    This bike is bitch’n. Great job!!!

  2. 2 Zipper Feb 16th, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Great to see a young guy interested in vintage bikes. Cool ride. ..Z

  3. 3 dannyb278 Feb 16th, 2012 at 11:36 am

    really really awesome. my dad gave me the bike/hotrod gene, but unfortutely neither one of us was to interested in teaching/learing during those formative highschool years. cant wait to start something like this with my son/daughter when the time comes.

    cool bike! Keep up the good work!

  4. 4 krugger Feb 16th, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Nice job Kully!! I can’t wait the next one …keep your smile and see you at Sturgis!!

  5. 5 CafeSportyTC Feb 16th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    simple and tasteful, I really like this, Keep it up!

  6. 6 Steve Carr Feb 16th, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Really cool bike, great job Kully! With talent like this at your age, there is no telling how far you can go in life!

    Keep up the great work…

    Steve Carr

  7. 7 Richard Semprey Feb 16th, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Good job, kid.

  8. 8 Fausto Feb 16th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Cool Bike!

  9. 9 burnout Feb 16th, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Clean, nice detail for a ‘young’n’. peace

  10. 10 ray c wheeler Feb 16th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Welcome aboard.
    It’s nice to see fresh young blood that will keep the fires burning. You remind me of a very young man that I knew years ago.
    Your doing a fine job.
    Go for along ride, you deserve one.
    Haul ass!
    Ride for your LIfe!

  11. 11 nicker Feb 17th, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Who was it that wanted to know what constitutes a real scooter jock…….???
    Well, here’s one…..


  12. 12 Dog Williams Feb 17th, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Great to see a whole mess of comments all echoing the same thought, superb job young fella, the future is whatever you choose to make of it.

  13. 13 Red Feb 17th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Can’t wait for my 24 yr old to see this. Perhaps it will get him off his ass and he will start on the T-140 his Gramps gave him.

  14. 14 ROCKSTAR Feb 17th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    this kid has what 99.9% of “master” bike builders don’t.


  15. 15 Iron Horse Feb 17th, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Cool bike…great job Kully! This style of bike seems to be one of the latest trends going right now or maybe I’m just noticing more of them out there. Just got back from the Easy Riders show in Columbus and saw more Ironhead Sporty motored customs than anything else at the show.

  16. 16 nicker Feb 18th, 2012 at 12:50 am

    “…This style of bike seems to be one of the latest trends going right now…”

    Don’t think it’s about any particular trend.
    It’s all about a Process.

    Eat, Sleep, Breath…… etc.
    As opposed to copy, buy, bolt…..


  17. 17 Kully Millage Feb 18th, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Thank you very much for this spread! Greatly appreciated! Yes i am currently building a second bike, I will be in Sturgis 2012. Check out my blog (

    Thank you again Cyril Huze!

  18. 18 Kari Feb 23rd, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Great job Kully!! Be sure to enter your bike in The Horse Back Street Choppers Bike show in Sturgis at The Full Throttle Saloon on Monday Aug 6. The show is the biggest and best bike show in Sturgis and it is FREE. See you in Sturgis!!

  19. 19 Kemper Feb 23rd, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Hey, Kari. Be humble. Your show is small and very far to be the biggest and best bike show in Sturgis. The biggest are the AMD Championship and the Rat’s Hole show. Yours is very small.

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