The Mid 1980's were a pivotal moment in time for Motorcycles Globally, but especially in America...One thing I will totally agree with UKTRI being more hands on fine detailing a bike is like doing a routine maintenance check since u r going through the whole bike anyways. so while fine detailing your bike it gives u a chance to inspect and check for anything thats loose or needs adjusting, u can spot leaks u would normally not spot until u get into or under the chassis When detailing.
and truthfully if it wasn’t for the fine and thorough detailing that I do on my bikes there would of been surprise issues that could b avoided That I would off never known about till it happens. i Have fixed or prevented many issues on my bikes over the years thnx highly to fine hands on detailing.
besides dirt bikes and Harleys and street cruiser bikes while I was progressing as a biker in my earlier years i wasn’t the best at detailing and bike maintenance. it wasn’t until 1987 when I got my first GSXR1100 it changed me completely as a biker again in my life, the Gixxer created this passion of a luv relationship between me and a machine that I never experienced and I felt privilege to own one back then they were the rave when they hit the streets. They were the Biker God,s bikes of choice back then to rule and run the streets.
I couldn’t keep my hands off the Gixxer it always had to b on point, I enjoyed detailing the bike as much as ryding them. I became one of the best detailers in the crew and scene back then, next thing I knew I was being paid real good money for detailing my homies bikes which I enjoyed doing and would do it free, but it was a win win!
i was highly trusted with their machines where they would leave them with me or I would pick them up. Trust between bikers is the hardest to get besides respect..
If it was night or slightly bad weather at the time and a bike homie needed there bike detailed I had a nice set up in my garage and I would strictly hand wash and towel dry and detail their bike over night and have it ready by morning. Got to detail a lot of nice motobikes over the years so I feel very lucky for that.
Of course then Detailing lead me into maintenance and repair which lead me to bike building which lead me into doing Motorcycle Shows And that’s where I am at now.
in the last 7 yrs I have shown 4 of my personalized custom detailed bikes in 8 shows and abd won 9 trophies, placed high in every show with mostly “best in show in class in division or overall” thnx to fine detailing. I am so anal now when detailing I even use qtips to get the smallest of spots and areas, like I said fine detailing…lol and if I do work on Anyone’s bike at my place they automatically get a outstanding detail job on their machine, I don’t tell them ahead of time so they r really surprised and happy when they pick up, what motorcycle shop would do that for u after servicing your moto ?
heres some pics from 30+ yrs ago of the first bikes I started detailing that were part of my biker home crew I road and hung with. My place was the hang out for the crew back then so there was always bad azz bikes and bikers in my driveway and garage, those where the best days for me in the game On my sportbike side, my Harley side that’s another story, I can only share so much .
Sorry the pics are old if they are off, First pics are of my son around 10 then who is 40 now in detail mode on my first custom 7/11 gsxr 1127cc I was already instilling in him my biker life style to respect, appreciate and take well care of a motorcycle, it’s not just about riding only…FTG View attachment 765141 View attachment 765142 View attachment 765143 View attachment 765144 View attachment 765145 View attachment 765146
Harley Davidsons extreme dominance over the US motorcycle market started to really be impacted by Japanese Bikes, for the first time.
Thanks in no small part to Hollywood & motorcycles such as the 1984 GPZ900r.
Surprisingly.... became very popular once you stick Tom Cruise on one & get him to race an F-14 during take off -
Once that door was open, Jap bikes were here to stay -
Really interesting history piece by Donut Media.
Worth a watch!