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Keeping Up With Rick

rickfKeeping up with Rick,


Reader of IronWorks in the past will recall Rick Fairless’s regular column in that magazine. Approachable and entertaining, Rick’s articles always brought response.


As this stream of recent messages shows, they still do, even after IronWorks has ended and Rick has moved on.



I was just going through some old mags trying to forget about all this damn snow we’ve had in NYC this winter and I saw your introductory column. It reminded what I like about you…that and the tie-dye of course. Hopefully you’ll find another mag to write for. In the meantime I’ll keep going through old mags trying to remember what warm weather was like.

Ed Gruber



Hey Ed, thanks for the kind words. Sorry about the snow, we are in the 70’s for Friday & Saturday. I actually just started writing for American Iron’s MOTORCYCLE BAGGER magazine. They said my first issue hits the news stands May 20. I hope you like that magazine too. On behalf of my pal Marilyn Stemp & myself I want to thank you for taking the time to read IronWorks magazine. Come visit me in Dallas sometime. 

Thanks for the email Ed.




I’ll definitely be on the lookout for that issue. Been out of work for 2 1/2 years so no road trips in my future. Had to sell both bikes and my car to stay indoors. I believe that this is the year the Lord “will restore what the locust has eaten” so another bike will hopefully be in my future. I always wanted to ride through Texas. When I do I’ll stop in at the Fairless Estate for a cold beverage and some new tie-dye. My wife finally got me to throw out my last shirt because of the Swiss cheese look it had acquired. I thought it added character but she thought it made me look homeless. Happy wife happy life won that battle. May God bless and prosper you brother.



Good luck to you Ed & I hope you get back on your feet soon!
Cya Ed.



Rick Fairless
Strokers Dallas

J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Seattle Results

The start of the J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Seattle was the beginning of the end of the 2013-2014 series. The 12 city whistle-stop tour completed at the Emerald City with a fine round of custom bikes representing uniqueness of the builders. Mother Nature was up to her old tricks with 50 mph winds and sheets of rain but that didn’t deter the enthusiasts from making it to “the” Powersports event of the year.

Urban Custom Cycles won the People’s Choice Award by a squeaker  with just one vote. They received a Bell Custom 500 helmet pinstriped by Skratch for their hard work. The also won the Bikernet Bagger Editor’s Choice Award. The Rocking K Custom Leather’s chain wallet SHO DOG Award was won by Jacob of Urban Custom Cycles and Dana Meeks. The Garage Leathers’ Solo Bag SHO DOG Award was won by Mack Coldiron of Old School Products.

Program sponsors include Progressive Insurance and Harley-Davidson. Contributing Sponsors include Bell Helmets, Metal Rescue, Rocking K Custom Leathers and Garage Leathers Solo Bags.

The Ultimate Builder Class:  FreeStyle

Matt Adams of Red Soul built the 2009 Custom Chopper for Cory Ford. It features Foose Wheels, sprocket chain tensioner, Red Soul foot controls, handle bars, exhaust pipe and motor mount, seat , primary cover, oil tank and battery box. Tim Conder provides pain.

1.       Cory Ford, Red Soul –  Crowned Jewel, ’09 Custom Chopper

2.       Eric Maurer, Todd’s Cycle – Bull ’08 Café Harley Racer

3.       Brian Marsh, Eastside Harley-Davidson – Brat, 2013 H-D

The Ultimate Builder Class:  MOD Harley

Trapper OKeeffe brought his  2010 FLTRX bagger  built by Urban Custom Bikes and won the MOD Harley class. The bike features a flat white paint scheme over glass red.  Jones Paint provided the paint and Forever Powder Coating took care of the flat-black engine. The bike fatures raked triple trees, front Progressive monotube and legend air ride.

1.       Trapper OKeeffe, Urban Custom Bikes – ’10 FLTRX

2.       Carl Harris, K&D Cycles – Big Blue, ’07 H-D Road GLide

3.       Eric Maurer – Bella Esposa, ’92 H-D

The Ultimate Builder Class:  Retro MOD

The 1947 Knucklehead built by Mike Beohike became a fan favorite as it took the point in the Retro MOD Competition. Paint by Jim Gilmore and Phalla Prak. The bobber features internal throttle, custom fender and oil lines.

1.       Terry Beohike, Mike Beohike – 1947 Knucklehead

2.       Joe Chambers – The Cock, 1980 Honda Hawk

3.       Richard Stevenson, Godet – Egil Vincent, ’68 Vincent

The Ultimate Builder Class:  Performance Custom

Dana Meeks rolled in a  Chris Wilson and DJ Johnson built Top Fuel Harley dragster. The engine is an Overkill 151 ci that features injected nitro methane, MSD 4-coil ignition and delivers 800HP. On Sunday he came away with 1st place in Performance Custom class and a check for $1,000. Currently the bike runs 203+ mph with an ET of 6.69 sec

1.       Dana Meeks, DJ Johnson – Top Fuel Harley, ’08 American Cycle

2.       Rick Washington, Urban Custom Bikes – Mr. Anniversary, ’08 FLHX

The Ultimate Builder Class:  MOD Street

Jon Aesoph won the MOD Street class with his   CupcakeMoto built 2011 BMW S1000RR.

1.       Jon Aesoph – CupcakeMoto, ’11 BMW S1000RR

2.       Greg Herzberg – Iron Cross, 2010 Victory

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Victory Gunner – Ness Sweepstakes

How would you like to hang out with Arlen, Cory and Zach Ness at his shop while they’re  customizing your brand new 2015 Victory Gunner? Only in your dreams right? Well, miracles do happen and if you’re the lucky winner of the Victory Custom Ness Sweepstakes your dream will come true. One lucky winner is going to win a new Victory Gunner, meet Arlen Ness at his shop in California, plus have that bike personally customized. No catch, no strings – just a dream opportunity Victory is excited to make available to one very lucky motorcycle enthusiast.

You can enter the Custom Ness Sweepstakes at from now to March 26th. Entrants must be 18 to enter and there no purchase necessary. The lucky winner gets a brand new 2015 Victory Gunner, up to $5000 in parts, have it personally customized by the Ness Family. The winner will also receive a 3 day/2 night trip to Dublin, California, where you’ll meet Arlen, Cory, and Zach Ness. Together you’ll craft your new custom Gunner with the best-known, hottest bike-building teams in the world of custom motorcycles.

The new 2015 Victory Gunner was unveiled at the Chicago Progressive International Motorcycle Show and is Victory’s hottest new bike. It’s a bobber, boasting a powerful 106ci V-twin, a lowered seat height, and lean-angle engineering that makes it ride like no other bobber currently on the market.

arlen“I don’t know a biker alive who doesn’t love to trick out their bike. And the Ness Family? Come on! These guys are legends in customization,” says Steve Menneto, VP-Motorcycles at Victory Motorcycles. “Offering up a new Gunner and the chance to get to spend time with the Ness’s, and then have the bike personally customized – this is as cool as it gets.”

Arlen Ness also commented, “The new Gunner is already a beautiful bike; this is gonna really be a fun one to work on. Victory makes amazing bikes, and the Gunner absolutely holds up to the brand’s standards.  Let’s get this thing started; we’re ready to meet the winner of the Custom Ness Sweepstakes!”

Source and images: Victory Motorcycles   Posted by Sam Kanish

“Why We Ride” Now Worldwide

“Why We Ride”, an independent film about why people enjoy motorcycling has been a huge success in North America and now it is available World Wide. Starting today, February 18th, the film will be available to motorcycle enthusiasts everywhere via digital download from iTunes and Amazon. This is a great film for friends and family alike who ride, think about riding, and those who wonder why you ride to watch. Here are the links where people can download the movie;

Source: “Why We Ride”
Posted by Sam Kanishwhyweride