The Baker traveling sales team stopped by a day early. That turned out great for me but bad for all my friends and customers that wanted to meet Bert. It was awesome getting one on one time with the mad scientist and transmission genius. The funny thing is we didn't even talk about transmissions. We did spend most of our time talking about the changing land scape of the motorcycle industry. Bert was kind enough to share his knowledge about marketing and advertizing, something I know vary little about. I'm just a gear-head trying to run a small business. I only recently discovered that this is as important as the mechanical skills that I have spent the past 20 years "trying" to master. All in all Bert and Mark are great guys and I hope to get to know them a little better. I want to thank Mark for seeing something in me that made him want to have Bert stop by and meet me and I want to thank Bert for spending the time to share his knowledge and give his insight on the industry that WE love so much.
As a second generation bike builder I caught the bug at an early age. Although my father didn't build bikes for a living, he built many over the years.
After graduating from Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in 1991 I was hired by a custom motorcycle builder, Johnny Pag. While employed at Biker Dream my duties included, engine work, wiring, mock up, and installing lots of chrome and high-end paint jobs. While working with Johnny Pag at Bikers Dream, I helped create bikes for guys like Billy F Gibbons (ZZ Top), Terry "Hulk" Hogan, Paul Tracey (Auto Racer), Brian Downing (Angels), Chuck Finley(Angels), Bo Jackson (Raiders/Royals) and Kevin Greene(Rams/Steelers/Panthers). One of which was featured in Hot Bike magazine (Nov. 1997). After Johnny left Bikers dream to start Patriot Mfg. in '00 I went to work for Patrick Racing as a CNC operator for several months while Pag was getting set up. When Pag left to start Pagsta mini Harleys I stayed to help Alex Mardikian (now Von Dutch Kustom Cycles) refine the production process. At Bob Taylor’s motors in Huntington Beach I worked on new Harley's, old Shovels, Pans, Iron Heads, and learned as much about engine building as I could.