If you’re going to build a custom bike, you want to make it pop. However, popular TV shows like Orange
County Chopper have started to go above and beyond a little flair.
Bikes have started to become glorified themed attractions, and people want them, according to Derek Spitsnogle, owner of Xotic Customs, based out of Lincoln, Neb. Spitsnogle doesn’t understand why.
There are themes like wildgame innovation that has metal deer horn for handle bars, or 1Malaysia that is painted like the Malaysian flag from Orange County Choppers.
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Themed bikes like those you see on TV have too much “movie magic” as Spitsnogle describes it. People like to oww and aww over bikes that look really cool, but aren’t that practical. You can still have a really cool paint job, but you want to be able to ride the thing and not look like a fool.
Most bike manufacturers who build most all the parts for the bikes they make, have some of the coolest bikes because they do a lot of trial and error work. That trial and error work sometimes can fall flat, and other times will turn into something really interesting and unique.
Spitsnogle’s xotic customs does metal fabrication, upholstery, paint jobs and has one of the only custom air suspension kits available for bikes. His lime green chopper features a five inch suspension that settles toward the ground in a burst of air.
You want to give your bike a little edge, especially when you come to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. A person doesn’t need to go all out, doing something that no one has ever seen before, breaking their bank account at the same time. Tweaking your bike in a couple of different ways can still cause heads to turn.