Just to make a point, you might have seen a recent article Barnet’s Magazine Online ran on Kyle’s beyond-beyond, totally re-worked Saxon Crown called Speedmetal that has its Saxon roots hidden so well only the Texas DMV knows for sure. That gem was a hard ass, performance oriented V-twin without a lick of paint anywhere and I do mean anywhere. Contrast that to the far out and groovy Triumph vertical twin chopper he calls Priceless and you get the range the guy has with his work. They couldn’t be much farther apart than a bagger and a mini-bike are in looks, intention, and construction. Yeah, they both have a twin cylinder motor and a couple of wheels stuffed in a frame, but that’s about it.
Everybody talks Old School this and that, but if you really want to experience Old School in an exciting or possibly as frightening as possible way, get Kyle to let you throw a leg over this radical Triumph and see what the command center feels like. Baby, this ain’t no Street Glide. Better yet, coerce him into letting you take a spin on it and you’ll really understand Old School for the first time before you hit second gear. This is one long and lean machine that reeks Old School and I don’t even feel like Kyle was trying to do that in a theme bike way, he just wanted to make the purest possible new Old School bike he could. And he did.
From the hand-crafted frame made out of tiny diameter stainless steel tubing to the equally dainty springer fork to the Invader wheels to the coffin-style tank, Kyle didn’t miss an Old School beat. Throw in the king and queen seat along with those long bastard pipes extending up the sides of the cool as a cucumber tail light-incorporating sissy bar and there’s not much else to check off the Old School list. Now that I think of it, just using a Meriden-era Triumph mill with all the appropriate cosmetic and performance touches is positively Old School even if you only like bikes that start with an “H” and end with an “arley.”
Oh, is there something else Old School I missed? You mean that absolutely funky flashback inducing paintjob by Scott Hoepker of Chemical Candy Customs in Dallas? Aw, I was just waiting for the end of this article as that is one fun piece of artwork that tells its own History of Custom Paint as We Know It in one bike. Funny how I like these old-style, every trick in the book paintjobs more now than I ever did then. Eh, I probably just couldn’t afford one so it wasn’t as player and I still can’t afford one today, but that doesn’t mean I’m not envious of Priceless’ wicked lucky owner, Curtis Williams.
Once again, Kyle Shorey’s come up with a radical build straight out of left field and I’m sure he’s off on something else that I couldn’t begin to guess. In the meantime, if you’d like to get a hold of Kyle or just see what the hell the guy’s been up to besides Triumphs, punch up http://shadetreefabrications.com/ and spend some quality time online.