Show Me Your Office. Rick Fairless.

Rick Fairless office at Strokers Dallas is not what you thought. It’s much more Rick Fairless that you imagined…

In cardboard, Rick is always present at the office even when he is far away on the show tour flashing his bikes paint jobs and tie dye tees. During a visit you will talk to him seated on one of the two chairs coming (ripped off?) from the Dallas Cowboys stadium. If your telephone conversation is boring he will start his in-office old Triumph, pretend he is testing a bike on the lift, can’t hear you and will hang up.

On the walls, shelves with a lot of empty (!) collectible bottles and Harley beer cans, posters of John Lennon, Frank Zappa, Marilyn Monroe and of Bettie Page The Queen Of Hearts. No explanation given to me about the pairs of old and wild Converse shoes waiting to be burned on exhaust pipes. Many old motorcycle tags, framed magazine bike features and a sign stating “Hippies Use Backdoor. No exceptions.” But who is the hippie in the house?

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20 Responses to “Show Me Your Office. Rick Fairless.”


  1. 1 Brutus Apr 8th, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Weird. Like me.

  2. 2 Rick Fairless Apr 8th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Hey Cyril, A side note about that Triumph; My Dad’s best friend bought that Triumph new in 1961 & was killed on it in 1964 while coming to our house for supper. My Dad gave it to me 30 years ago & it starts on the first kick & runs great. That bike means more to me & my family than any of my much more expensive custom choppers! I keep that Triumph in my office to remind me of who I am & where I come from.
    Thanks Cyril.
    RF

  3. 3 Darin Maltsberger - Instructor @ MTI Apr 8th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Always cool to get a glimpse inside the personal space of some of the legends in our industry.Thanks Rick for the back story on the Triumph, and thanks to Cyril for the story on Ricks’ decor. I enjoyed both immensely.
    -Darin

  4. 4 Greeko Apr 8th, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Loves this series. Very entertaining. Who’s next?

  5. 5 Jason. Apr 8th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    I would not have imagined Fairless loving football. The rest, no real surprise.

  6. 6 izadore007 Apr 9th, 2012 at 6:21 am

    It is hard to see all 3 sides of the Triumph, however there is not much damage. The seating is turned the wrong way to watch the Flat Screen, other than that, it is very similar to my College Dorm Room in my Freshman Year.

  7. 7 Doc Robinson Apr 9th, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Cool guy and an office to match!

  8. 8 Gary Queen Apr 9th, 2012 at 7:34 am

    I have been in that office plenty of times getting my butt chewed about some paint. It’s like a museum in there.

  9. 9 Stephanie Apr 9th, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Love this guy!

  10. 10 Tom Apr 9th, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Cool ….we all need our space……

  11. 11 John & Nancy Crigler Apr 9th, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Visited Strokers last May and got to see Rick’s office and all the back rooms!! Loved every minute, and really enjoyed meeting Rick and his crew!! Some of the nicest folks you could imagine!! Thanks for the tour!

  12. 12 CoppellDarryl Apr 9th, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Jason,

    When you grow up in Texas, you HAVE to love football. Particularly the Cowboys and Tom Landry. Our state school system has a mandatory “Cowboy History” class that all school age kids have to take. LOL.

  13. 13 Panther City Apr 9th, 2012 at 10:21 am

    How the Hell do you get any work done with all that mess?

  14. 14 howard kelly Apr 9th, 2012 at 10:29 am

    been in Rick’s office…it is as cool as he is….

  15. 15 Jeff Nicklus Apr 9th, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Growing up Texan (Dallas, Texas to be exact) I can share this info with you “out of staters”: In Texas the three main days of the week are: Friday Night we have High School Football (Ever heard of the movie “Friday Night Lights”?) Saturday is College Game Day/Night and on Sunday Da Boyz Play (as well as the Texans now that I live in Houston). All the other days of the week are simply filler days working up to the weekend!

    One more thing: Ya better smile boy when you say the name Tom Landry!

    Over & Out,

    Jeff

  16. 16 Larry Baldwin Apr 9th, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Rick that Triumph in it’s day ran circle’s round the rest. but for your office pretty cool.

  17. 17 Knucklehead Apr 9th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    The hat and coat just don’t look right on you Rick :-}

  18. 18 Dennis J Apr 10th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    After editing Rick’s Dealernews column for years — and his Big Twin Dealer column before that — and seeing how his mind works these pics of his office are no surprise.

  19. 19 MDK Apr 11th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Strokers has to be the best bike shop I’ve ever been to!

  20. 20 nicker Apr 11th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Ah yes, a T120R, the small-block of motorcycling.

    With a tooth down on the engine sprocket you could smoke the tire and pull a wheely at the same time.
    What a great looking scooter that is.
    Every office should have one………. :-)

    -nicker-

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