Featured as part of the 2018 Strider Rider Custom build class benefitting The Flying Piston.

 Jody Perewitz

Jody Perewitz

 

About the build:

“They are wicked cool little bikes,” said Jody Perewitz of Perewitz Cycle Fab when I asked what she thought of Strider Balance Bikes. In fact, she said she’d bought one for her niece and also told how a friend’s son got right on a mini bike after starting out on a Strider.

It was especially nice of Jody to be so positive because her Dad, custom builder and painter Dave Perewitz, had volunteered Jody to customize a Strider for the Flying Piston Breakfast – even before he asked her! But if you know Jody, you know she’s a sweetheart.

If you’ve seen her work, you also know she’s developing a talent. And while that might be aided by tutoring and proximity to her famous father, it’s also more apparent every day that she draws upon her own instincts and abilities. Her take on this tiny custom is evidence of that.

Jody’s Strider exhibits biker cues such as brass knuckles and skulls handled in a gentle, almost cartoon fashion that’s just right. Laid down with copious layers of pink, blue and purple metalflake, these elements combine for the perfect union of edginess and fun.

A wicked cool little bike? Yep, that’s exactly what Jody Perewitz brought to the Flying Piston party!

 

Jody's 2018 Custom Strider Rider

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Watch for the 7 Strider Rider Customs to be displayed at motorcycle events and Strider races through next June. They’ll be auctioned off before the 2019 class is unveiled at the Flying Piston Builder Breakfast at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads during the 79th annual Sturgis Rally.

 


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.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/FlyingPistonBenefit/ 

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Featured as part of the 2018 Strider Rider Custom build class benefitting The Flying Piston.

 

Pat Patterson

Pat Patterson on one of his custom bikes during a shop visit to Led Sled Customs. Dayton, OH, USA. February 6, 2012. Photography ©2012 Michael Lichter.

About the build:

When we pitched the idea of customizing a tiny Strider bicycle to Led Sled’s Pat Patterson, there was no hesitation. “Sure,” he said, “both my kids learned on them and never needed training wheels. They were riding pedal bikes by age 3.”

How he managed to fit the job into his other work is a mystery; Led Sled runs flat out all the time. But once the day of the unveiling got closer, Pat got to work and met the deadline, with at least a couple of hours to spare.

He told us he patterned the Strider Custom after his “Naked Truth” bike; that’s the full-size custom motorcycle he built in 2015 for the Buffalo Chip’s Motorcycles As Art exhibition. Curated by Michael Lichter, the Naked Truth theme that year focused on bare metal, form, and craftsmanship – no paint or graphics.

 

Pat's 2018 Custom Strider Rider

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Watch for the 7 Strider Rider Customs to be displayed at motorcycle events and Strider races through next June. They’ll be auctioned off before the 2019 class is unveiled at the Flying Piston Builder Breakfast at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads during the 79th annual Sturgis Rally.

 


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.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/FlyingPistonBenefit/ 

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Featured as part of the 2018 Strider Rider Custom build class benefitting The Flying Piston.

 

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About the build:

When Paul Yaffe texted me a picture of Low Brow’s peanut gas tank and asked if I could procure one for his Strider custom, it threw me off at first. I politely confirmed that he was aware of the fact that Strider Balance Bikes didn’t have engines (yes, he’d noticed) – then reached out to Tyler at Low Brow.

Well, you can see where Paul was going with the concept: a Captain America-style chopper Strider had to have a gas tank, right?

If only for the classy red, white & blue paint scheme. And as you'll see from the pictures, Paul was flat out stoked about the project, no holds barred.

He started out by cutting the stock bike into pieces, then stretched the frame with an extra length of channel. He sourced a spoked front wheel, then fabricated the front end, fender and sissybar. Research showed that Strider once offered spoked wheels, one of which would match the front, and Strider kindly provided it. After chroming and assembly, the Low Brow tank went out for paint and Paul reached out to LePera for the miniature king and queen seat, complete with studs, of course.

Yep, it’s a chopper, baby! And definitely one of a kind! Below see more images:

 

Paul's 2018 Custom Strider Rider

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Watch for the 7 Strider Rider Customs to be displayed at motorcycle events and Strider races through next June. They’ll be auctioned off before the 2019 class is unveiled at the Flying Piston Builder Breakfast at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads during the 79th annual Sturgis Rally.

 


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.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/FlyingPistonBenefit/ 

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Custom Motorcycle Builders Support Industry at Flying Piston Benefit

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip hosts to benefit U.S. Veterans & Tech Education

 

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Buffalo Chip, SD (Sept. 4, 2018) – The 4th annual Flying Piston Benefit Builders Breakfast hit its stride on Sunday, August 5th welcoming a first-ever presenting sponsor, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, and unveiling the Strider Custom program.

Custom builders and industry celebs joined with fans and influencers for the event, held to benefit technical education scholarships and Motorcycle Missions, a 501(c) 3 assisting veterans suffering with PTSD. The breakfast featured motorcycle builders whose work was displayed in the Buffalo Chip’s prestigious Motorcycles As Art exhibition, curated by famed moto-photographer Michael Lichter.

New this year, organizers partnered with balance bicycle company Strider Sports, Int’l. and top-name custom motorcycle builders to unveil seven Strider Rider Customs. Rick Fairless, Paul Yaffe, Jody Perewitz, Pat Patterson, Kirk Taylor and Bryan Fuller joined the Motorcycle Missions build crew in customizing tiny 12” Strider bicycles, each with their own theme. The tiny bikes are now on tour to motorcycle events and Strider races before being auctioned in advance of the 2019 class reveal at the Flying Piston Breakfast in August 2019.

 

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Ticket holders also enjoyed a catered breakfast and silent auction of distinctive items from Kicker Audio, Biltwell, Revere Seats, CruzTools, The Quarto Group, Kuryakyn, Nash Motorcycles, Klock Werks, Howard Knight, Working Man Customs, The Leatherworks, S&S Cycle, Simpson Helmets, Kirsh Helmets, Mark V., Loaded Gun’s Kevin Dunworth and more. Items included a Lincoln Electric Power MIG 210MP, artwork by Makoto Endo, and original sculpture by Bikernet.com’s Keith Ball. Attendees also met the Chip’s own Rod “Woody” Woodruff, Photographer Michael Lichter, Billy Lane, Cycle Source Editor Chris Callen, Jeff Holt and other special guests.

The event, organized by The Flying Piston, takes place the first Sunday of the Sturgis Rally on the upper decks of the Big Engine Bar in the free-access CrossRoads at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. Material support comes from presenting sponsor Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, along with Strider Sports Int’l, Steve’s Garage, Kirsh Helmets and Lincoln Electric.


 

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip: The Sturgis Buffalo Chip celebrated its 37th year as the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast. Established in 1981, the venue’s high-profile, nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere™, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Buffalo Chip guests have the freedom to party and play while experiencing world-class concerts, outrageous events, moving freedom celebrations, thrilling PowerSports and more. The Chip's concerts are free with camping. More details at www.BuffaloChip.com.

About Motorcycles as Art: Every year the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Motorcycles as Art exhibition presents a changing conceptual theme that brings together the most innovative collection of groundbreaking custom bikes from today’s premier builders with artwork from moto-artists. Curated by photographer Michael Lichter, the exhibit is free to the public and open from 2 to 10 p.m. daily during rally week. www.buffalochip.com/EVENTS/Motorcycles-As-Art

About The Flying Piston: The Flying Piston Charity Breakfasts are produced by Marilyn Stemp of Iron Trader News and Jeff Najar of Biker Pros to assist in raising awareness and funds for non-profits and individuals in the biker community. Proceeds benefit Motorcycle Missions, a non-profit that encourages U.S. military veterans suffering from PTSD to pursue motorcycling as a career, and technical education scholarships.

For sponsor or media information or to donate auction items, contact: Marilyn Stemp, 828-205-8482, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.theflyingpiston.com or www.Facebook.com/The-Flying-Piston.

 

PHOTO CREDITS: Group photo by Sean Lichter; Strider Combined compliments of Strider; all others by Jack McInytre.

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Featured as part of the 2018 Strider Rider Custom build class benefitting The Flying Piston.

 

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About the build:

Rick Fairless’s far out, tie-dyed sensibilities belie his early adopter attitude. See, there’s nothing retro about Rick’s awareness of cool opportunities. That’s why the Flying Piston Builders Breakfast organizers (Jeff Najar and Marilyn Stemp) were delighted but not surprised that Rick stepped up before anyone else to customize a Strider Balance Bike to be unveiled at the 4th annual Sturgis Buffalo Chip breakfast event.

 

Rick's 2018 Custom Strider Rider

Here’s how the stock Strider was transformed in the Strokers Dallas workshop:

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"We put on some new spoke wheels twice the size of the stock wheels. To compensate for the taller wheels, we stretched the read end 4 inches. We built some RF Custom Z bars and added a cool springer front end. We also mounted some custom fenders and a custom seat. Then we finished her off with a Rick Fairless signature psychedelic/tie-dye paint job.”

 

 

 

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Watch for the 7 Strider Rider Customs to be displayed at motorcycle events and Strider races through next June. They’ll be auctioned off before the 2019 class is unveiled at the Flying Piston Builder Breakfast at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads during the 79th annual Sturgis Rally.

 


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.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/FlyingPistonBenefit/ 

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