Then, the very next thing that shot through what gray matter I still have was, “Man, would I like to ride that bike. That looks like fun.” Those are probably two of the things I require to start my slide into un-embarrassingly declaring my motorcycle lust for this sassy Shovelhead. There, I’ve said it and it’s out of the way.
By now, if you’re still hanging in there, you’ve already watched the videos and realized Caleb covered everything much, much better than I ever could, but I’ll just try and fill in any seams I think might be worthy. Oh you know, things like Caleb Owens is not only the guy behind this lovely bike, but he’s also the head cheese at CRO Customs In Culver City, California. He’s got a penchant for building vintage Harley-powered custom machines with a flair and possibly a jaundiced eye for the not too-too long ago past. I have no idea if he likes to take long walks on the beach or dance the night away, but I do know that he’s built one beautiful blue Shovel that makes me want to get stupid on it.
Caleb’s transformation of his old AMF FLH daily rider that was very mildly, but usefully modified from stock somehow looks less factory than the look of this bike named Yang Yang. Sorry, I’m honestly not sure what it’s all about even after Googling Yang Yang, but I can’t think of any time I named a bike of mine other than maybe POS (which I later recanted after fixing the problem). The integration of a factory look into a heavily-modified custom seems like some strange kind of juxtaposition, but maybe that’s why I like this ride so much.
That factory look is set in stone with the “fake” AMF-style Harley-Davidson logos and paintjob that I find so fascinatingly charming now, but hated, hated, hated when American Machine and Foundry was in charge of The Motor Company. T. Markus of T Markus Customs in North Hollywood, California, is the wizard responsible for this delightful CRO Customs play on AMF graphics and on first glance, I doubt if you noticed it either. When I did, all I could think of was that it was a genius move graphically if there ever was one. I got the feeling that even though Yang Yang was a hell of a lot of real hand-work and sweat, Caleb was enjoying himself with every move he made.
Obviously I’m a wicked big, gushing fan of Yang Yang, Caleb Owens, and CRO Customs and I’m not afraid to admit it. If for some reason you haven’t gone through Captain Jack’s photo gallery and sat through the videos, I’m amazed. Hey, it’s the weekend and you’ve got plenty of time to sit back and take it all in through a video or two or three by a composed, articulate guy who’s got his finger on the pulse of (hopefully) where this whole custom shebang is headed. Do I dare say that Caleb’s right on the wave of custom motorcycles that are fun to look and fun to ride? I guess I did. It doesn’t get much better than that as far as I’m motorcyclely concerned.
For more info on CRO Customs, punch up http://crocustoms.com/ or go back and watch the videos mi amigo.