Build crew #4 enjoyed breaking in our new Certiflat Weld Tables, Lincoln Tig Wave 200's, and 805 Beer during our welding class last week. Thank you Dave at Voodoo Vintage for the hospitality and instruction.
Last Friday at Strokers Dallas, four Motorcycle Missions vets from the DFW area revealed the Harley Softail trike they customized and outfitted for a true American patriot, SSgt Mark “Tinman” Graunke. Huge thanks to 22 Kill for making this possible for Tinman and for our builders, and thank you Rick Fairless for hosting the reveal.
Photos courtesy of Progressive International Motorcycle Shows, and thank you Manny Pandya, our friend, for taking them!
Thank you to our sponsors for the support
@misfitindustriesmoos @cowboyhdaustin @klockwerks @endfab @tanner41gb
@misfit_industries @ Strokers Dallas
There are no words to describe being able to take the J&P Cycles Ultimate Biker Build Off Championship win home to 8 American Patriots who served their country in order to give us moments like these. The level of talent in this competition was nothing less than humbling, and so to have our shovelhead board tracker “Porterfield” take the win was an honor.
There are so many people to thank, but first we want to congratulate the veteran builders who each week were cutting and bending metal, welding, sanding, metal finishing, tearing down and assembling this project!
Sgt Erik Sherman - Marines
SGT Andrew Pike - Army
SSGT Shawn Stover - Army
SGT Adria Garcia - Army (Purple Heart Recipient)
LTC Alba Melgar-C'De Baca - Army
SSGT Cassaundra Melgar-C'De Baca - Airforce
SPC Shayne Madison - Army
SFC Ron Harding - Army
A1C David Roy - Airforce (shop mentor and fabricator. Owner Voodoo Vintage)
Thank you Lieutenant Austin Vermillion (Navy) for donating your shovel for this project. Without you, this bike build would not have been possible.
Special thanks to our build mentors David Roy and Chris Moos for the enormous and selfless outpouring of support and numerous hours spent making this bike build possible for them.
Thank you to our parts and equipment sponsors for making sure our every need was taken care of: Cowboy Harley Davidson, Lowbrow Customs, Ranger Leather, Avon Moto, Lincoln Electric, Weldtables.
Thank you painters End Fab, Tanner Leaser and Misfit Industries
And last but not least, thank you to the endless number of family and friends who have supported us and cheered us on!
CONGRATULATIONS to veteran build team #2 for their HUGE win at the International Motorcycle Show Dallas this weekend. Their board tracker, named Porterfield, took Peoples Choice out of 60 contestants, and took 1st place in the shows highest class, Freestyle. Now it’s off to Chicago for the finals next weekend. Thanks to all that helped get this project done!
And before we could even clear off the lift from the last build, a new bike build began. Motorcycle Missions is proud to introduce you to a whole new group of heroes and the 2010 Triumph Scrambler they tore down in under 3 hours last Wednesday. This bike, when finished will be revealed in partnership with @lincolnelectric at the prestigious @handbuiltshow in April. Follow them here for progress of the build and to cheer them on! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 Thanks Garrett Stanley of Garret Stanley Photography for the shots
Introducing “Porterfield”, our @vuduvintage boardtracker built by 8 veterans in the course of 4.5 months. The vets named it Porterfield after Leslie Porterfield who holds multiple land speed records. The name suggests strength, class, and substance. It’s got a vintage feel off the tongue and let’s face it, this is NOT a dainty scooter, but has some strength and heft, even though it still sexy sitting still. Thank you Lt. Austin Vermillion for donating us your beloved shovel for this project.
Sponsors: Voodoo Vintage (David Roy) - build mentor, fabricator, facilitator, bike designer / Chris Moos - build mentor, fabricator / Cowboy Harley Davison - parts and support / Lowbrow Customs - fender, petcock, spark plug wires / Ranger Leather - leather seat and grips / Avon Tyres - Speedmaster tires / Motion Pro - clutch cable / Paint and body - Misfit Industries and End Fab / Pinstriping - Tanner Leaser
Motorcycle Missions is proud to partner with 22 Kill and Misfit Industries to customize and modify SSgt Mark Graunke's (Tinman) three wheel freedom machine. Four North Texas veterans have come together at Misfit to mod and customize Tinman's trike to give him a much more ergonomic and functional ride. Reveal for the bike: February 2, Strokers Dallas.
Motorcycle Missions and our veteran builders are honored to be featured in this months HOT BIKE magazine with our @rotbikerrally PTSD giveaway bike, Salvador de Vida! A special thanks goes out to all of our sponsors and supporters on this build - it was truly a life changing experience for our guys and we are excited you were a part of it! Photos: @g_stanleyphotography @justingeorgephotos
Thank you American Iron Magazine for this great feature on Motorcycle Missions in the special edition American Iron Magazine honoring our veteran motorcycle community. It is so awesome to receive this support and recognition in such a fantastic publication. Thank you also to all our sponsors who helped make this bike, 'Salvador de Vida', possible for our vets! 🙏 Photos: @g_stanleyphotography and @rudyximenez
9 veterans and 3 fire fighters attended our welding class October 14th, instructed by the industries finest, Chris Moos of Misfit Industries and David Roy of Voodoo Vintage. Special thanks to April Robert and Kristine Erlich for buying the team lunch and big ups to Chris Denton @vigilantvetracing for contributing to the materials. 805 Beer we love you and your beer and @lincolnelectric, you make such a fine product! Thank you all for making our day so memorable!
Veteran Austin Vermillion donated his 1956 Shovel head (titled) with a 1970s HD twin motor to the Motorcycle Missions Build Mentorship after an injury halted his ability to ride. This shovel will be made into a board tracker by 8 Veterans in our program and will be revealed at years end, our second build of 2017. Stay tuned to the fun and progress here.
4 veterans had a blast on Sunday learning from Pro racer Tyler Livesay of The MX Factory. Throttle therapy at its finest. Here is what one veteran wrote to us about his experience.
"To Motorcycle Missions,
my day at the MX Factory riding with a few other vets was the most fun I've had on two wheels in years. As someone who is a little intimidated by riding on dirt, I was a bit apprehensive about getting on a full MX track. However, the level of instruction from the pros there at the camp was incredible, easily the best and most caring instruction I've ever had when it comes to riding.
The coaches walked us through some simple drills and low speed maneuvers, and then slowly challenged us to work up to faster and faster laps, all while receiving personal coaching and tips to maintain proper technique. By the end of the day, I was pushing myself faster than I ever anticipated I would be going, and having a blast doing it.
Being a roadracer, I've always wanted to crosstrain on dirt, and now I have finally gotten the confidence to make the leap.
Thanks again to all who volunteered their time, facility, bikes, and most importantly, passion for riding safe and having fun.