S&S Cycle Presents Today’s Top Custom Bike Builders
In 1958 George Smith started a small company called S & S Cycle. His mission: “To make all bikes go faster.” Fifty years later, S & S Cycle is everything Smith envisioned.
To celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, the world’s premiere builder of aftermarket V-twin motorcycle engines and components commissioned custom motorcycles from fifty top builders. The competition that grew out of this challenge unfolds in the pages of S & S Presents Today’s Top Custom Bike Builders, which showcases the splendid bikes built for S & S’s fiftieth anniversary show.
The book, beginning with a brief history of S & S Cycle, features four-page spreads on each motorcycle, along with profiles of the builders–including Chica, Cory Ness, Paul Cox, Jerry Covington, Jesse Rooke, Redneck Engineering, Arlen Ness, Kim Suter, Brian Klock, Kendall Johnson, Roger Bourget, Rick Fairless, Fred Kodlin, and Paul Teuttel Sr.
With illustrations by master custom-bike photographer Michael Lichter, this is as much a celebration of the custom builder’s art as it is a tribute to S & S Cycle’s accomplishment.
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Howard Kelly is the Communications Manager for S&S Cycle, the leader in V-twin performance engines and components. He was editor at Hot Bike magazine for over eight years and at Street Chopper magazine for five years. Kelly lives in Onalaska, Wisconsin with his wife Marcia, their two dogs, one cat, his customized Dyna, and a Honda super-moto bike.
Since the early 1980s, Michael Lichter has been photographing custom motorcycles for the pages of Easyriders magazine–often hanging from the beds of pickup trucks during rainstorms or photographing packs of bikers in such places as Daytona Beach, Florida, and Sturgis, South Dakota. He has written and provided photography for a number of books, and he lives and works in Boulder, Colorado.