Brewt Law displays one of his custom-built bikes at Cycle Boyz Customs motorcycle shop in Brandon. Law, along with co-owner and brother Derek, won several awards for their latest mechanical feat at the Sturgis Bike Rally in South Dakota and have been invited to show off their wheels at the Las Vegas Bikefest in October. (BRUCE BUMSTEAD/BRANDON SUN)
Engraving detail on the cylinder heads on a custom bike built by Brent Law's Cycle Boyz shop. (BRUCE BUMSTEAD/BRANDON SUN)
Cycle Boyz Customs motorcycle shop in Brandon has a spot waiting at one of the most prestigious invite-only bike events in North America.
Shop owners Brent Law and his brother Derek scooped up several awards with their latest mechanical feat at the Sturgis Bike Rally in South Dakota in August, one of the biggest bike rallies in North America attracting close to 500,000 people. Along with the wins, the Cycle Boyz were invited to be one of only 20 creators to be judged at the upcoming Las Vegas Bikefest in October.
The mechanical masterpiece started its life as a 1979 Harley-Davidson FLH ‘Shovelhead’ (referring to the engine), however, the only original parts remaining are the front portion of the frame, the motor and the transmission.
The rest, including every gleaming polished piece of aluminum, has been custom crafted by Brent and former shop worker and machinist Myles Green. Many of those pieces were intricately engraved by jeweller Heather New out of Alberta and Brent restored the engine. The paint, which is used sparsely on the bike in keeping with Law’s toned-down taste, was done by Assiniboine Collision & Glass, along with paint artist Brian Fidler.
While the Harley doesn’t look as outrageous as the typical chopper, Brent estimates more than 400 hours of work went into it over two years.
In one of the events in South Dakota, the bike was judged by a celebrity panel which included high-profile magazine editors and television personalities like Full Throttle Saloon’s Mike Ballard. Some of the events in which the bike took home best-in-show, Brent was up against as many as 100 other builders.
"It’s the best bike we’ve done," he said. "I’m more proud of the bike than the awards, the bike turned out really good, it’s a cool bike."
In October, the Cycle Boyz have a chance to be judged against 19 others during Artistry In Iron Master Builders’ Championship in Las Vegas, a peer-judged show during Bikefest.
And that’s not the only limelight the bike will get in the coming months.
The creation will be featured on the front cover of U.S. magazine Cycle Source with a six-page write-up, and it will also appear in the pages of several other industry publications from as far away as France.
The bike, made for Brent’s good friend Mike Ball, who currently lives in Grande Prairie, is one of about 40 the garage has created in the 10 years they have been open in Brandon — most of which Brent said are made for customers in Alberta.
"Lots of people assume we’re a custom shop because that’s all that makes the media, but a good majority of our business is servicing and repairing local bikes," he said.
The winner of the upcoming show in Las Vegas will receive a $10,000 cheque, and people’s choice and editor’s choice trophies will be handed out.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 6, 2013