Posts tagged: iowa

Iowa is for Lovers

Me jamming alongside Erik somewhere near Cassville into Iowa and Illinois. My 62 ran like a champ all weekend. 800 miles later and she never missed a beat. Erik always getsĀ a good riding shot. Plus I’m fucking gorgeous so that always helps. Fat Guy Bikes RULE


Iowa Bound

September 2011. Iowa bound with fellas from Saint Paul. It was so hot, I only took maybe 2 pics the entire week.

Bear’s Place – St Paul

Went out on Thursday morn. Stopped over at Bears Place. He’s a good dude. Shovel knowledge bleeding out his ears. He set me up with a handful misc parts including that good ol’ ramjet retainer. Went back to the garage and swapped my 3″ primary for the 1.5″ set up. All is ready for the Iowa trip. More on that shit later.


Yamaha – Sold

Dude came by last night with cash. We loaded up the XS and it’s off to it’s new home in Iowa. Hopefully I’ll see that thing again sometime. Been a damn good bike to me but when it’s time to go, it’s time to go. On to bigger and better builds.


Union Speed and Style – Garage Feature III

Ran out to visit Jordan at Union Speed and Style yesterday. Turns out it was his Birthday. Happy birthday mother f*cker! Jordan is fitting me for a custom vest. Sh*t is gonna be tough! Denim w/ golden brown stitch, green/tan flannel liner, and a short pop collar. While I was there I thought it a good time to get him in for a little garage feature session. Union Speed is tucked back on River street in Monticello. A little off the beaten path but for what he’s doing, its probably a good thing. This dude is so busy, he’d probably loose his sh*t if he were in the twin cities (distractions day in and day out).

Jordan and I don’t get many chances to hang out with us both being knee deep in running our respective shops. That said, I did get to rock down to Iowa with him lat weekend. His little XS has got some serious balls. Not surprising… his bike didnt miss a beat once the entire trip. His spot was packed with projects. Jordan dabbles in all sorts of stuff. He’s turning out custom tanks, frames, leather and denim, seats, etc. Come to think of it… he’s a bit of a one stop shop.

Union Speed works pretty steadily throughout the year and they even manage to make all the stops on the vendor circuit. I’m not even really sure exactly how many people make up Union Speed but from the work load, they probably some kind of small army.

The Union Speed Crew are definitely a younger bunch but they’re also talented well beyond their years. If you need some fabrication, without having to deal with the grumpy old heads in the scene, these are the dudes to hook up with. They’ve got the skills and creativity to blow minds. Check em out.