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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mike Schrickel & Shane Smith / Chop Machine

I have taken a ton of photos of different builders and bikes over the last few years but hands down one of the best dudes I have become pretty close friends with through all of it has to be Mike Schrickel; builder and owner of Chop Machine Motorcycles based out of Toledo, Ohio. Something about his style when it comes to building I really dig, it's that whole late 60's early 70's vibe that just radiates off every single build he touches. I always wanted to talk to him about buying one of his bikes or having him build one for me but it never really came forth till this Fuel Cleveland show came about. I asked Mike along with another really good friend of ours, Shane Smith also a Toledo, Ohio native to build me a really rad chopper to showcase at Fuel. Between the two of them, their knowledge and skill when it comes to building bikes is insane. It's almost like I got to pick a dream team to build a bike for me. With both of them having some amazing backgrounds in motorcycles, it was a no brainer to have them work together on this. I gave them a 1977 FXE Shovelhead I picked up back in November to work with and they have been at it the past few months building her from the ground up.

Shane is known for his motor skills, so he took the liberty of doing a rebuild on the whole top end of the motor along with Mike's knowledge about putting motors back together like it came off a factory line. The motor was rattle caned black by the previous owner which made it look dull and old. Mike and Shane busted countless hours to bring the motor back to its original glory. It's like night and day when you look at the before and after photos. (People stop painting your motors!!) We didn't want to put too many photos out there on this build so that everyone can experience it's beauty at the same time at Fuel Cleveland.

These two have made a great team in building this bike and it's a great honor to have such amazing and talented friends to help me with a dream of creating a bike I would never imagine could be possible by myself. I am in forever debt to these two for busting their asses off to get this thing done in time to showcase it on May 9th. It's going to be one amazing machine and I can't thank Mike and Shane enough for being apart of this build and show! Check out some more of Mike and Shane's builds below.

-Mikey Revolt

Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal / Pretty Poison




The Horse With No Name

The Horse With No Name

Chop Machine

Shane's Buel Build

Shane doing what he loves Photo by: Nick Amrhein

You can see more of Mike's builds at his Facebook page Chop Machine LLC or his instagram www.instagram.com/chopmachinecycles

Also you can see more Shane's shenanigans on his instagram at www.instagram.com/heavynthestreetz 

Shane's Buel Build  Photo by: Nick Amrhein

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