Bob Kay gets on the mic before the awards at the Ultimate Builder to get the 411 from Ron Finch on the state of custom bike building… Good stuff.
The radical differences from one creation to the next has enabled Finch to avoid the kind of “trademark style” that has emerged with many famous builders over a long career. Perhaps only one feature seems to be repeated again and again in his work, and this is the absence of a conventional fuel tank.
Finch has moved in this direction because he believes that the very heart of a motorcycle–both functionally and visually–is its engine, and this is where he chooses to place his emp hasis. Again, the Finchean question: “Who said the gas tank must sit on the backbone of the frame?”
Checkout the gallery of pictures from the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike SHow in Novi, MI…