By John Hernandez
Oracle Towne Crier
Troy Letwak, owner of Car Quest in Oracle, traveled to Sturgis, South Dakota to attend one of the largest bike rallies in the world. Sturgis has a population of 6,500 but in August it attracts hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from the United States and around the world. Troy traveled over 900 miles to attend the event filled rally and also to show the custom motorcycle that he built.
Troy spent seven months working full time to build his custom bike. He did all the work on it except for the painting. He also pumped a whole lot of money into the project. It was the first custom motorcycle he has built but chances are it won’t be the last. Troy entered his bike for the first time in two custom motorcycle shows. On Aug. 6 he competed in the Easyriders bike show at the Easyriders Saloon. He entered the bike in the Radical Class competition. On Aug. 8 his bike was entered in the Extreme Class at the Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show at Buffalo Chip campground.
There were around 40 entries in the Radical Class. The judges for the competition were the editors of Easyriders, Wrench, Road Iron, In the Wind and V Twin motorcycle magazines. Troy’s motorcycle took First Place. He won a trophy, a $200 gift certificate from the Dennis Kirk Motorcycle Shop and his custom bike will appear in a future issue of Easyriders magazine.
The Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show attracts some of the world’s best builders. The event features a group of international judges that select the winning bikes in over 15 categories. It is one of the largest bike shows in the world. Motorcycle fans have compared this show to the Grammy’s saying it is “the best of the best” in custom built motorcycles. There were over 100 bikes entered in the Extreme Class competition. This year’s event was held at the new Crossroads bar at Buffalo Chip. After the judges tallied their scores, Troy’s custom motorcycle had taken Second Place.
This was quite an achievement for a first time builder. Troy said he was amazed at some of the “big time” builders who were hauling their motorcycles in big semi-trucks and trailers and had flown into the event. Country Music Television (CMT) and the History Channel filmed parts of the show including his bike. CMT is currently broadcasting a weeklong show on the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Troy was interviewed at the Easyriders bike show by the History Channel, which may show the interview on one of their programs.
Troy is going into the custom motorcycle business and has opened Recluse Customs. They will build custom motorcycles and do customizing work. You can contact him at 520-275-8122.
Troy will be showing his motorcycle at the Vegas Bike Fest Oct. 3-6 at the Vendor Village at Cashman Center in Las Vegas.
Congratulations Troy on a job well done and good luck in Vegas!