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Some builders like the builder of this bike, Rodney Smith of Southeastern Customs in Supply, North Carolina, you just gotta love ‘em. Rodney builds what he wants regardless of any trends and never does the same thing twice. He’s a hot rodder at heart as well as a motorcycle freak and the crossover skills from restoring and modifying American iron have given him a different outlook on what he likes in a custom bike. Whether it’s his Shelby Cobra trike or his personal everyday Shovelhead custom, the man’s got his own vision and he’s not afraid. Two great attributes any builder should have and old Rodney’s got ‘em in spades.
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When I think of sweet things it usually involves lots of calories and some kind of chocolate. But, every now and then I see a custom that hits my motorcycle sweet tooth and my immediate unthinking response is “sweet.” Like I said, I rarely think of a custom Harley-Davidson that way, but it does happen and it was my first response to this Smoke Out Sporty that’s got more than its fair share of cool stuff going on.
Wendell Turner is one of those guys who’s quietly, but seriously been banging away at custom bikes for almost four decades. The owner of Turner’s Cycle Shop in South Lyons, Michigan, Wendell’s a busy guy turning out one stunner of a bike after another that he refers to as ‘Nostalgic Motorcycles.’ Yeah, they may be nostalgic, but they’re bikes that have their own personality even if they’re rooted in the ‘70s, but there isn’t one among any I’ve seen he’s built that aren’t riders in the truest sense. You know, maybe that’s the key to why he refers to them as motorcycles and not customs. He’s still stuck in the ‘70s mindset where you might customize your ride, but you definitely rode it. And, rode it every chance you got.
Some builders find and get into a groove and slowly evolve from there until each bike they build is a smart progression both aesthetically and financially. Letting a customer know exactly where a builder is stylistically can be beneficial in the long run if and when the potential customer ever decides to take a leap of faith and commission a build.
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