2018 Strider Rider Customs - Builder Spotlight: Rick Fairless of Strokers Dallas
Featured as part of the 2018 Strider Rider Custom build class benefitting The Flying Piston.
I was born in Dallas, Texas and was raised and still live in the Dallas suburb of Irving. My brother Randy (he’s 11 months younger and a big shot attorney in Houston) and I were raised on motorcycles and started riding bikes at 7 years old. At the ripe young age of 19, I went to work for my great uncle who owned a chain of paint stores called Roach Paint Company, which later became Glidden Paint Co. After 20 years in the paint business, and never missing a day of work, I retired as the #1 Sales Rep in the country for the Glidden Paint Company!
My passion in life was, and still is, custom motorcycles. I kept hoping that someone would open a big-time custom motorcycle shop in Dallas so I could buy cool, custom parts from guys like Arlen Ness and Pat Kennedy. Then I thought, why can’t that guy be me?
So, in 1996 I opened Strokers Dallas. Two years later, I opened up my bar & grill next door called Strokers Ice House. On any normal Saturday or Sunday 500 to 1000 bikes pass through my doors! The live music is playing, the girls are selling ice-cold beer, and the bikes are roaring in and out... It’s freakin’ AWESOME! Our property is 2.5 acres located deep in the heart of Dallas, Texas, only a few miles from downtown! I can truly say that I am the luckiest boy in the world, living my dream every day, 8 days a week!
The Strokers Dallas team designed our Strider Rider Custom as a mini take on one of my personal bikes, with fine fabrication and psychedelic paint.
Rick's 2018 Custom Strider Rider
About the Flying Piston Builders Breakfast
The Flying Piston Charity Breakfast, presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, is a celebrity-strewn meet & greet held at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip that brings together cutting-edge custom builders and motorcycle industry influencers to meet the public. The event supports veterans suffering from PTSD and provides technical education scholarships to students in South Dakota’s Black Hills.
An initiative with Strider Sports International sent Strider bikes to top name builders for customization. The Strider Rider Customs were unveiled at the 2018 Breakfast event at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. It was the first stop on their year-long tour. The Strider Rider Customs will be auctioned at the 2019 Breakfast, as a new group is revealed.
The 2015 STRIDER Calendar can be purchased HERE!
Sometimes it's too wet, cold, or dark to go STRIDER riding outside. Here's the perfect solution to inside down time...STRIDER Coloring Pages!
Just click on the image below and a printable pdf file will automatically download for some indoor fun on Thanksgiving Day!
Or print out the STRIDER silhouette and make a Hand Turkey going for a ride!
Have a great Thanksgiving and Happy Coloring.