Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
July BOTM? (Military edition)
Make/Model: V Star Classic
Eng size: 650
Modifications/Accessories:Grips, Bar, Kuryakyn Hypercharger, Vanes&Hines Pipes, Custom Paint, Custom seat, 40mm ammo cans
Length of time to build: 10 years (17 if you count the story)
And the story/inspiration/additional comments:
Bought the bike off the showroom floor in 2001 with a bonus that I received from the AirForce. Couldn't ride it home because I didn't have a license, so had a buddy bring it back to my house. Took my riders course and within a month of riding, I was struck in a Walmart parking lot by a little old lady that "didn't see me". Then she proceeded to get back in her car and drove off...Sigh! Started saving my money to get replacement parts and thus began the process of creating what you see today. Joined the Airforce as a ejection seat mechanic and after a few years working on airplanes decided to switch to people and became a medic. Each portion of the bike has something to do with my career in the military. The patches are all of the units that I was assigned or attached with. The seat was crafted by my little brother. He just decided one day that he was going to learn how to tool leather and this was the second seat that he made. My battery cover is painted to resemble Afghanistan where I served with 2 different units. Got injured in Afghanistan and had to have 2 back surgeries and was retired after 17 years of service. The good news about being injuried, it set aside plenty of time for me to work on my bike...Finally got all the parts and paint finished this spring and now that both of us are put back together. It's time to ride and enjoy the beautiful Wisconsin weather.
Thanks for your consideration for BOTM.