Exclusive Previews Of Two Outlier’s Guild Moto Show Custom Bikes

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The second annual Outlier’s Guild Custom Motorcycle Show gathers in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, March 31. The 2017 event was held on the same day as the Quail Motorcycle Gathering, leaving many show goers with a King Solomon decision to make. I chose the closer-to-me Quail in Carmel Valley, while some friends made the drive to LA and experienced the OG Show organized by Loosa Engineering founder Jay LaRossa and friends John Pangilinan, RMD Group owner Ralph Holguin, and automotive industry veteran Stan Chen.

To get a preview of some of the bikes expected to be on display on March 31, I spoke with two builders about their bikes debuting at the show.

Max and Erica Droog, Droog Moto

Droog Moto FZ

“This bike is a beast! It has torque for days, suspension that absorbs just about anything you throw at it.”

Photo: Droog Moto

“This will be our first year at the OG Show and we’re super stoked to showcase one of our builds,” Max Droog said. “We’re bringing our Moto 3, based on a 2014 bone-stock Yamaha FZ-09. We wanted to take the lightweight three-cylinder beast and turn it into a modern apocalyptic machine of its own. The FZ is known for its killer motor and features so we knew it would make for a perfect donor bike.

“The goal for our build was to have a bike that is really versatile and a real go-anywhere type of machine. We started things off with a 2-inch suspension lift aiding in ground clearance for when you’re blasting through a nuclear wasteland and puts the seat height at around 38 inches. The wheels have handmade aluminum inserts in them and were wrapped in Continental TKC80 tires that have a serious bite to them off road but are awesome on the street as well.”

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“The stock subframe was ditched and we fabricated a new, shorter one along with a new seat,” he added. “The fuel tank was stripped down, de-tabbed, and given our signature look. All the unneeded plastic parts were taken off and we equipped the bike with a raw steel tracker-style plate that lights up the road with four insanely bright LED pod lights and a stubby steel front fender. We installed new Progressive fork springs and a custom rear mount for the suspension lift. New 1-1/8-inch handlebars and Biltwell grips were added for rider comfort and appearance. The exhaust exits through a lightweight carbon silencer that has a nice low growl to it.

“We wanted this bike to look as exposed as possible but with a rough modern look,” Droog explained. “Something that you’d see in a modern day apocalypse. This bike is a beast! It has torque for days, suspension that absorbs just about anything you throw at it, and even though it doesn’t have the highest ground clearance, we still manage to jump it from time to time and take it on some singletrack rides. It’s usually caked in mud, which may be the case at the show on March 31.”

“I did not show there last year though I did attend,” LaFountain said. “The first year of any show is always the toughest. It must be like when your uncle throws you in the deep end for the first time without your floaties on, pretty terrifying at first, but once you realize you can keep your head above water you’ve quickly forgotten about the fear and are now trying to swim down to touch the bottom. This year I’ll be bringing the Kawasaki W1R along with a fresh build, a custom Honda CB750.”

Kawasaki

A rare Kawasaki built with parts from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s.

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“I think last year’s show layed down a solid foundation for what will become a staple annual moto show,” he continued. “My fellow Los Angeles bike builders and I have been scratching our heads for years why there hasn’t been a LA-based indoor show equivalent to The One Show or Handbuilt. It’s only the second largest city in America and has one of the strongest custom motorcycle scenes on the planet so it seemed pretty befitting. It kind of feels like not having a baseball team.”

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“The show had a great vibe and really friendly down-to-earth feel to it,” LaFountain added. “Builders getting the opportunity to ramble on for hours about their work to bright-eyed enthusiasts and fellow ‘I’ve been there before’ builders, all while partaking in cheap draft beer and food truck tacos is really about as good as it gets. I really think the show will grow into what we builders and Los Angeles moto enthusiasts have been longing for and I’m glad to be doing my part in this year’s lineup.”

Tickets to the 2018 Outlier’s Guild Custom Motorcycle Show are available here.

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