Billy Lane Prison Air Force Custom Motorcycle


Tech Sheet:

Frame: Billy Lane, 26-degree rake. Wheels: 23″. Engine: S&S Flathead Power Knucklehead 93″. Transmission: Baker 6-speed. Open Belt Drive System: 2″ Evil Engineering. Engraving: by Heather of New of New Line Engraving. Taillight: VL Tedd Cycle. Seat: Adam Croft from Last Ride Customs. Grips/Pegs: Choppers Inc. 44mag Nickel shell casings. Gas tank, headlight, rear fender: Billy Lane. Polishing and Chroming: Space Coast Plating. Paint graphics: Darren Williams from Liquid Illusions.

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61 Responses to “Billy Lane Prison Air Force Custom Motorcycle”


  1. 1 ray c wheeler May 29th, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Great job from a great builder.

    Best of luck in the future………… See ya on the road soon..

    Ray

  2. 2 Larry R May 29th, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Thanks Cyril for putting this on your blog. I believe that Billy has built one of his best bikes this day. I will be awaiting the day that he is free and back in the custom bike building business. He is a stand up guy and will always be one of my choices for keeping things real. LH&R

  3. 3 David Blevins May 29th, 2012 at 11:36 am

    The bike looks very good, I’m sure it was especially challenging to build due to lilitations of tools and resources.

  4. 4 David Blevins May 29th, 2012 at 11:37 am

    excuse my typing… limitations.

  5. 5 GuitarSlinger May 29th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    1) I was wondering what had become of Billy Lane , he having fallen off the radar of late
    [ note to Discovery Channel – Dump Old Yeller and Little Yeller ( the Tuttles ) and give Billy another show]

    2)Even in jail he’s a damn sight more interesting , erudite and talented than either of the Tuttles

    3) Two thumbs up for the Dept of Corrections letting the man do what he does best while serving his time !

    4) Hang in there Billy ( if you’re looking in ) the time will pass , life will move on and you’re always welcome back in the custom bike fraternity

    5) Damn fine bike !

  6. 6 Sonar May 29th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Saw the bike in DC this weekend. Very Billy Lane with great original details. But in or out of prison, execution is always poor on all his bikes. May go fast, but will lose a few parts on its way. But overall I like very much this bike, much better than the others built by Bourget, Kiwi (didn’t see the Brass Balls bike?!?)

  7. 7 burnout May 29th, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Niiiiiiice. peace

  8. 8 InterstateRider May 29th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Gotta agree with Sonar porr execution, nice details. I wouldn’t spend the cash of his stuff, he is still a murderer after all.

  9. 9 Andrewjb May 29th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    He built this bike in prison where he is doing his time for a crime that I am sure has caused him great anguish and soul searching and yet people still feel the need to cut him down as a builder WOW that seems a little more than harsh. I am sure Billy is grateful that he has friends like Jay who stand with him when he is down rather than the autograph hounds who now call him a murderer.

  10. 10 Jeff Nicklus May 29th, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Everyone has “friends” during the good times ….. it is when the good times turn bad that you find out who your “real friends” are and who were just hang arounders for the free ride.

    Billy did a terrible thing and I have never made a secret of my feelings in that I believe he deserves to be right where he is, however, everyone deserves a second chance and that includes Billy Lane. Billy is doing his time like a man and once he has served that time and his slate with the legal system of the State of Florida is clear he should be allowed to pursue whatever he desires as a free man.

    Personally, in looking at the bike he built and taking into consideration where and how that bike was built, I think the man did a great job.

    Just my 2 cents worth …………

    Over & Out,

    Jeff

  11. 11 Josh May 29th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Like the bike but there are too many intricate decorative details. It was not necessary. .

  12. 12 Tom S. May 29th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Great looking bike. Always liked Billys bikes and hope to meet you again on the road. Hang in Bill.

  13. 13 Septic the Sceptic May 29th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Billy is not a murderer, but Interstate is a douche.

    Well done Billy, you’re making lemonade.

  14. 14 courtney May 29th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Hopefully we get to see close-up pics of all five military theme bikes soon. There’s a pic of them all parked next to one another on the Billy Lane Facebook page, but it’s just a tease….

    Awesome to see that the prison officials allowed him to participate though!

  15. 15 Flying Piston May 29th, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Well said Jeff!

  16. 16 Luis May 29th, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    That intro whitewashed the fact that he was drunk at the time.

  17. 17 Scott Takes May 30th, 2012 at 2:19 am

    See you soon my friend.

  18. 18 Tim P May 30th, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Good Job Billy, Glad to see ya still at it Time should be getting short keep doing the right stuff and like Ray said hope to see ya on the road soon

  19. 19 GuitarSlinger May 30th, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Murderer = Someone who kills by intent with motive and possible premeditation

    Manslaughter = Death caused by an accident , incident etc with no intent , motive or premeditation

    Vehicular Homicide = Death caused by a vehicular accident : with once again no motive , intent or premeditation

    So PLEASE ! Stop calling Billy a murderer . A man who’s serious mistake and lack of judgement caused the death of another and is now serving his time ? Yes . But murderer ?

    Get your definitions straight . Billy Lane is not …. by any letter of the law …… a murderer .

  20. 20 Dog Williams May 30th, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Agree with Septic, ‘murderer’ is just an over the top comment, he fucked up big time, he knows it and we know it, totally tragic for the victim, his family, and Billy . . . slagging him as a ‘murderer’ is just extreme wank, by definition and implication it’s incorrect and small penis bullshit.

  21. 21 Tim May 30th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Murderer…. are you fucking kidding me! Billy fucked up, no more than most all of us have done at some point in our lives and his mistake was a costly one, for him, for his family, for Gerald and the Morelock Family….
    Fucking A…. Billy’s doing time, incarcerated in prison, paying his debt to society!…..If you moral majority pricks cannot accept the brutal and cruel facts of his life, then you need to be reading the Bible more often….Jesus forgave Judas! One more point….Billy has lost his driving privileges FOREVER! Get the fuck over yourselves and acknowledge the good to come!

    Billy has done good for us Veterans and for the biker community now and in the future!

    Sober in Billy’s home town for 26 years now…. I learned my lesson the hard way too!

  22. 22 CHOPMONSTER66 May 30th, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Great bike Billy, glad to see you still love it. We have all made mistakes in life we are not proud of but Billy is taking it like a man . Wish him only the best with the future ….

  23. 23 TodT May 30th, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Good to see you doing what you love to do Billy. It helps the healing process.
    I think it’s time for another project……

  24. 24 justjim May 30th, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Billy’s respect for our military shows, down to intricate decorative details for the Air Force bike. InterstateRider and the other haters come out to put a good man down. Don’t drink and drive.

  25. 25 Zyon May 30th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    The guy he killed didn’t get to build a bike for rolling thunder? Since when is prison “art class?” Let him build bikes ONCE his debt to society is paid… not while it’s being paid.

    This is what caught me. The woman prison official said when she asked him if he would like to build a bike, he responded with, “It would give me pleasure” Why in the hell does any man who kills another man and while serving time for that CRIME thinks he deserves ANY such pleasure?

    There should be no weight rooms, no metal shops, no wood shops, no libraries, no extra curricular activities…. this is why no one cares about going to jail… its a stinking vacation to these guys.

    He should be in a cell, thinking about the man he KILLED due to his completely ignorant and reckless actions.

  26. 26 Adam May 30th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Great work Billy! I am sure it will bring smiles the our American Heroes.

  27. 27 Steve Hog Radio Show producer May 30th, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    But for the grace of God there go I. He who is without sin, cast the first stone.

    I am glad Billy with maybe some help from other inmates was able to build a bike for a great cause.

    As for time in prison. The original intent of prison was to be a correctional institute. It should be a place where men and women alike learn new life skills which will keep them out of jail when released not a place they saty with their current life skills.

    Inmates are still humans and deserve dignity as such. If more inmates were give the option of learning to work with their hands and build bikes, cars or cabinets I suspect we wouldn’t see as many returning. According to Crimeinamerica.net the return rate is 40% or higher, this means there is a lot or room to see prisoners learning real world skills which will keep them out of jail.

    As for too many details. if your sitting in jail you have a lot of extra time to spend, so why not use it to do more detail work on a custom build project?

    Best

  28. 28 ragsflh May 30th, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    great looking bike.billy will rise back in time.he;s a great bike builder

  29. 29 John E Adams May 30th, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Awesome work Billy, as mentioned a lot of folks are going to enjoy your dedication and natural talents on this one!

    Cheers!

  30. 30 Zipper May 30th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Putting all issues aside and accepting all the talent involved to build this cool bike, how does it represent the Air Force? Beats me mon. ..Z

  31. 31 Dog Williams May 30th, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Zyon . . . a man of compassion, class act . . . don’t throw stones buddy !!!

  32. 32 Martin Twofeather May 30th, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Excellent work as always…

  33. 33 RUB May 31st, 2012 at 12:27 am

    how about a Gerald Morelock tribute bike Billy ?

  34. 34 courtney May 31st, 2012 at 1:16 am

    I doubt few folks here would actually volunteer for a prison sentence so as to be afforded the opportunity to build a one-off theme bike. I mean, c’mon Zyon, think about it.

    Prison is what it would take for most folks here to actually volunteer to build a theme bike in the first place. Punishment, see? That’s what it’s all about.

    Most here would rather choose The Chair over such an inglorious stoop, lol.

  35. 35 Luis May 31st, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Don’t throw stones is a cop out response that ignores the reality of what was a pattern of bad behavior. Had it been his only incident I could see cutting him some slack but he drove drunk over and over again. People can “throw stones ” if they don’t have multiple DUI’s. Billy got special treatment from the state due to his fame. Is this different than any other celebrity? Probably not and that is sad.

  36. 36 Importedd May 31st, 2012 at 8:57 am

    What happened to going to prison and doing time. Spending time in prison away from the the things you love and have the freedom to do is what it is supposed to be about!

  37. 37 burnout May 31st, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I personally know 5 people who have intentionally killed someone and did LESS time in prison than Billy has already done! The man is doing his time regardless of our comments about him! peace

  38. 38 Marc Frantz May 31st, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Billy the Kid !!

    Can’t keep a good man down! Keep your ears closed and your eyes focused on the task at hand.

    Everyone deserves a second chance!! Great work Billy!! We’re all waiting for your release bro!!

  39. 39 Kroeter May 31st, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I don’t know Billy but I hope he’ll use his experience in prison as a chance to educate about the mistakes he made, and not use the Ex-Con badge of honor as a means to market his brand.

  40. 40 Mike Greenwald May 31st, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Hey RUB,

    What would be an appropriate tribute to a drunk on a moped?

  41. 41 RUB Jun 1st, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Hey Greenie , Did Gerald do anything wrong , besides get in Billy’s way ? As for the theme of the bike , how about a paint job with Angel wings flying over a double yellow line with a wrecked dodge truck flipped over in the back ground ? What ya think ????

  42. 42 Mike Greenwald Jun 1st, 2012 at 7:19 am

    RUB,
    You condemned Mr.Lane for being drunk and exonerated Mr. Morelock for the same thing. In Florida, the pass was investigated and found to be legal. The evasive maneuver wrecked the truck. Screw your church of holier than thou. You are a sniveler without facts.

    People fund tribute bikes. Step up with your money or step off.

  43. 43 RUB Jun 1st, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Greenie , so passing on a double yellow line is now leagle in Florida ? Do you know that part of A1A ? There is a reason its a NO PASSING ZONE . And that evasive maneuver you talk about , you mean the one after he ran over Mr Morlock ? Gotta love your “facts” . Please post the link showing the investigation results finding the pass to be legal , And I never condemned Billy , I give him much respect for taking the plea deal and owning up to his crime . Do you agree vehicular homicide, is a crime ?

  44. 44 Mike Greenwald Jun 2nd, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Rub,

    In Florida, when a pass is initiated in a legal area for passing, it may be completed in an area designated no passing by the double yellow line. This was an area of concern for the investigators. I didn’t write their findings. I don’t have to do your shallow level homework. Delve deeper into it. If you are bringing new “facts” to this, I am certain the DOJ would like to hear from you regarding this.

    Much of this is contained in the archives on this site. Check it out.

    You asked, “Did Gerald do anything wrong?” I suppose that his operating under the influence might be considered wrong, however, posthumous citation and conviction for OUI/OWI, DUI/DWI are not cpst effective for the government.

    Let me get this correct, you think that a fitting tribute to this would be more than a tribute bike, it would be a macabre depiction of the accident scense with all the blood and guts plus your little artistic influences like angel wings?

    RUB, you are an emotive, little troll on this site.

    Yep, I know A1A.

  45. 45 Zyon Jun 2nd, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I can throw whatever stones I like to throw… I have never gotten drunk and driven a motorcycle, car, bus or any other vehicle. This does not make me better, it makes me smarter and shows that I have more compassion for the innocent people on the streets around me.

    Let’s make a hero out of the KILLER and forget about the victim that can’t do what he wants because BILLY KILLED HIM!

    Let him build all of the bikes he wants when he gets out. After that, his debt is served and I wish him all the good luck in the world.

    Would you want Billy Lane building motorcycles and living his passion if it was your son in the ground? I doubt it.

  46. 46 pj98rider Jun 2nd, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Billy did the crime and is doing the time meted out by the court…and he’s not sniveling or whining…just doing his time and he has shown remorse to the family. Also, he was asked to build the bike not the other way around. He’s trying to do the right thing.

  47. 47 RUB Jun 3rd, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Greenie , whats with all the hate ? You not on the list for conjugal visits ? Spin it anyway you want Greenie , but you can’t hide the truth , he crossed a double yellow to pass 3 cars .

    BY KEYONNA SUMMERS • FLORIDA TODAY • August 14, 2009

    VIERA –– A Brevard Circuit judge today sentenced celebrity motorcycle builder Billy Lane to six years in prison and three years probation in connection with the Sept. 4, 2006, crash that left Sebastian Inlet park ranger Gerald Morelock dead.
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    Lane was immediately handcuffed and escorted from the courtroom.

    Judge Robert Burger also ordered Lane’s drivers license suspended for life and that he undergo random drug and alcohol testing upon his release from prison.

    Lane, 39, faced up to nine years in prison after a judge in June OK’d a plea deal in which prosecutors agreed to drop a charge of DUI manslaughter in connection with the Labor Day 2006 crash.

    Lane, choking back tears, spoke on his own behalf starting at about 10:30 a.m. He said he takes full responsibility for Morelock’s death.

    “I was very careless. I was a less-responsible citizen,” Lane said. “I’m not looking for pity on myself. I drive by the spot where I killed Jerry Morelock every day. I pray to God for his soul and for his family.”

    “Whatever you decide today judge . . . I hope you’ll look at Mr. Morelock and myself and make a fair decision.”

    Police said Lane’s blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit when he crossed a double-yellow line to speed at 68 mph past three cars on State Road A1A south of Melbourne Beach. He crashed his Dodge pickup head on into 56-year-old Morelock’s small Yamaha motorcycle.

    Lane’s attorney, Greg Eisenmenger, argued for a non-prison sentence, saying making restitution to Morelock’s family outweighed the need for jail time.

    Morelock’s brother and nephew told the judge Gerald Morelock loved kids and would have wanted a positive resolution. They asked Burger to impose a sentence that would require Lane to use his celebrity to help save the lives of young people.

    But the judge sided with prosecutor Tom Brown who said a non-prison would have sent the wrong message that fame and money buys freedom.

    In arguing for the maximum sentence, Brown pointed out a number of speeding violations and a pattern of bad driving habits on Lane’s driving record.

    Though there were no DUIs on Lane’s record, Brown said his record of speeding showed the 2006 crash was not a one-time event, but showed a pattern that could have and would have and did have deadly consequences.

  48. 48 Mike Greenwald Jun 3rd, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Hey RUB,

    You haven’t addressed Morelock entering the roadway wthout stopping nor his “under the influence” taking place on the clock with the government.

    You seem to have a propensity for fairy tale in this story, sexually, and with government.

  49. 49 Luis Jun 3rd, 2012 at 7:36 am

    You have love people who blame the victim. That’s the logic that spawns statements like “Well if she had not worn that dress she wouldn’t have been raped.”

  50. 50 tony giakos Jun 4th, 2012 at 8:37 am

    hey rub,,,, just know theres another by yr side in this !! cumon mate,, why waste your time with these,, maggots ! you know theyre just maggots. you see,,, these maggots are the top of the range,,, they hide behind their moms skirts pointing fingers at everyone,,, point here,, point there,,, and point some more. these arnt men rub,,, just maqggots !! yep,,, just little maggots hiding behind a computor pressn little maggot keys.!! go billy !!

  51. 51 mid north kustomz Jun 4th, 2012 at 9:19 am

    exactly tony !

  52. 52 izadore007 Jun 4th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Gerald Morelucks Family has received the largest Honor that he as a Family member would Ever bestow on his Memory…………….That is the Cash Settlement that was paid for the Useless Sole that he was! Ask his Family if they would rather have Him back or the Cash? You must ask in Private! Answer: The Cash. Gerald was a Shicker ! ………Billy, Great Bike………….Hope the Bastard Warden doesn’t put it into his 301 K. You know InterstateRider your qualifications are Justified, I wouldn’t expect anything else intelligent to come from a Guy who Rides a 25 year Old HONDA.

  53. 53 courtney Jun 4th, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Life ain’t fair and never will be. But the whole eye for an eye philosophy pretty much sucks as well, at least as a basis for civilized society.

    Let him do his time and get on with what remains of his life. If it makes some feel better Billy, being one of the great bike builders, will be be able to build as many bikes as humanly possible once he’s released from prison.

    However, if he’s to ride any of his creations legally on the streets it will only be on the back as a passenger as his license will be suspended forever, as I understand it anyway.

    Pretty bitter pill to swallow considering his line of work. Good luck Billy.

  54. 54 RUB Jun 4th, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Greenie , I’m getting dizzy from all the spinning off your posts . Gerolds dead & Billy is in jail . Nobody wins this cluster fuk .

  55. 55 rebel Jun 5th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    i support the talent and intent of the build and builder, nuf said.

  56. 56 mick Jun 9th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Everybody that left a negative comment about billy’s offence needs to back the hell off. Everyone makes mistakes!!! Some are small while others are huge!! Just be thankful it your one of the lucky ones whose mistakes are small cause tomorrow yours may exploded to huge!!. I think it is great that people can be open minded to allow billy a second chance to do what he loves and does great. thank you jay and dept. of corrections for allowing this to happen. And to all of you that put billy down i wish your luck to change for you to be able to walk the path in similar shoes as billy so your eye can be opened up. You are no better then the racist out there that stereotype and categorize people unfairly. life should be about living life, love and forgiveness, wake the hell up, and open your mind and eyes.

  57. 57 Walt DuVall Jr. Jun 11th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Nice job Billy, see you when you return to the shop!!!

  58. 58 jeff waters Jul 9th, 2012 at 5:13 am

    any man that can take minimal tools and a handfull of raw materials and create like that is a master craftsman/artist. sure Billy has made a major mistake. he will live it down, most of the world will forget,Billy never will,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,. man; takes responsibility for his actions. head up Billy,you da man

  59. 59 Hooligan Aug 9th, 2012 at 1:48 am

    See, I think it was in poor taste for Horse magazine and everyone involved to let Billy build this bike (He is doing time after all for killing someone due to his own wreckless repetitive behavior), and to those that are saying he’s not a murderer, well, he was well over twice the legal BAC limit when he ran someone down while driving on the wrong side of the road illegally(crossing over double yellow lines) while driving on a suspended license for a DUI in another state. I guarantee the average Joe Schmoe inmate would never get an opportunity to do what they love and make a living at while sitting in prison for murder. Also, he didn’t take responsibility for his actions, he kept trying tom plead not guilty in court, and refuse3d all the BAC tests until they did a blood test and it came back still over two times higher than the legal limit, which means he was more intoxicated at the time of the accident. Yeah, he seems like a changed man, but there is a saying for people who change while sitting in prison for a crime they committed: Everyone finds God in a foxhole. It’s also ridiculous how everyone is saying he did an amazing job with limited tools and a handful of raw materials. Um, he had resources pulled for this build, and I’ve seen better builds with less tools. Prime example is the bike Jesse James built for the OCC build off. All built by hand using less tools than Billy Lane did with this bike. As for the bike itself, Aesthetically it looks bad. The tank’s shape does not compliment the rest of the build is pretty much simple elementary drilling of speed holes and simple brackets.I’ve seen better come out of the garages of unknown builders.

  60. 60 burnout Aug 9th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Hooligan, a bit late with the hate. peace

  61. 61 Bigwoody Aug 14th, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Have seen many of his creations on the Discovery Channel.
    He is a gRaduate enginer therefore his creations show that the bike he builds will not be off-the shelf creations. Great talent.

    Hopefully his release with be soon. Doesn’t look much like a prison. Have seen Allenwod in Pa. where the politicans are housed. Like being in the military,its still a prison and know he counting the days.

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