Krazy Horse

Staff Rides


  Lee  Mechanic   Yamaha XS900

Lee Mechanic
Yamaha XS900

 I grew up with Japanese bikes. My dad had them and I sort of followed his lead. I love the cafe racer style too – I race motocross so anything with a race-orientated style suits me. I bought this as an XS750 triple, then fitted an XS850 engine which I bought in Doncaster but it was a bit of a scrapper. I rebuilt it using a 900cc big bore kit so it’s actually an XS900 now. I’m 29 years old and a different generation to most of the guys who work here – they’ve been into choppers and bobbers forever so I get a bit of flak off them about my personal tastes. I’ve always loved bikes, but it was only three years ago I got the chance to come and work here and it’s just an amazing place to be. I can’t believe my luck.

I grew up with Japanese bikes. My dad had them and I sort of followed his lead. I love the cafe racer style too – I race motocross so anything with a race-orientated style suits me. I bought this as an XS750 triple, then fitted an XS850 engine which I bought in Doncaster but it was a bit of a scrapper. I rebuilt it using a 900cc big bore kit so it’s actually an XS900 now. I’m 29 years old and a different generation to most of the guys who work here – they’ve been into choppers and bobbers forever so I get a bit of flak off them about my personal tastes. I’ve always loved bikes, but it was only three years ago I got the chance to come and work here and it’s just an amazing place to be. I can’t believe my luck.


 Chris & Cathy, Stores manager & Temp, 1981 FXE/1978 Ironhead

Chris & Cathy, Stores manager & Temp, 1981 FXE/1978 Ironhead

 Chris: It’s a 1981 FXE in a Paughco frame with 35mm twin discs and a Shovel front end. Hand controls are K-Tech, seat is by Tom Kelly. Pageant did the paint but I did all the work in my shed. I joined Krazy Horse about 15 years ago. Things have changed over the years – we’re selling far more bikes and parts then ever before. Cathy: I’ve had the Ironhead Sportster for four years. It was originally white but we got rid of that and changed the mudguards and tank. I’ve got three other bikes – a GSX-R750 slab-side with an 1100 engine, a Kawasaki Z750 Ltd and a 1200 Custom Sportster, though if I go out on a Harley now I tend to prefer the Ironhead.

Chris: It’s a 1981 FXE in a Paughco frame with 35mm twin discs and a Shovel front end. Hand controls are K-Tech, seat is by
Tom Kelly. Pageant did the paint but I did all the work in my shed. I joined Krazy Horse about 15 years ago. Things have
changed over the years – we’re selling far more bikes and parts then ever before. Cathy: I’ve had the Ironhead Sportster for four years. It was originally white but we got rid of that and changed the mudguards and tank. I’ve got three other bikes – a GSX-R750 slab-side with an 1100 engine, a Kawasaki Z750 Ltd and a 1200 Custom Sportster, though if I go out on a Harley now I tend to prefer the Ironhead.


 John, Custom builder, Pan-Shovel

John, Custom builder, Pan-Shovel

 I built this 20 years ago as a Panhead but I took the Pan out and built that into a Pan bobber in a custom frame and now this bike has a Shovel crank and top-end. It’s got split heads with external oiling. It’s a 1950s wishbone frame with four-inch over Paughco narrow Glide forks and mini front brake. I originally built the bike in my shed at home and got it running right again recently to do the Bulldog Bash on it. The bike definitely has a 1970s-80s vibe and the name comes from the Steve Miller Band song ‘The Joker’. There’s been a lot of changes at Krazy Horse over the years. When it first started in the shed, Paul and Steve called me over to set up engines. I worked in a Kawasaki dealership at the time, but I’ve had Harleys for 40 years. They have a ‘certain appeal’..

I built this 20 years ago as a Panhead but I took the Pan out and built that into a Pan bobber in a custom frame and now this bike has a Shovel crank and top-end. It’s got split heads with external oiling. It’s a 1950s wishbone frame with four-inch over Paughco narrow Glide forks and mini front brake. I originally built the bike in my shed at home and got it running right again recently to do the Bulldog Bash on it. The bike definitely has a 1970s-80s vibe and the name comes from the Steve Miller Band song ‘The Joker’. There’s been a lot of changes at Krazy Horse over the years. When it first started in the shed, Paul and Steve called me over to set up engines. I worked in a Kawasaki dealership at the time, but I’ve had Harleys for 40 years. They have a ‘certain appeal’..


 George, Service Manager, 1979 Shovel

George, Service Manager, 1979 Shovel

 It’s a ’79 FXS Shovel in a 1980 Santee frame with really rare Mullins narrow yokes. I built it two years ago and most of the bits came off eBay – it cost me around £1300 in total, not including the engine and gearbox. I’ve still got the rolling chassis of the RXS it came out of. The front brake is off an XL125 Honda, the forks are 35mm Sportster and the rear is 16in with a banana caliper. It’s got a Shinko rear tyre and trials front – it was free; a guy with an old SP370 Suzuki trail bike came in wanting new tyres. The old front had plenty of life left so I used it. It’s really light and zips along. There’s no weight to it. Tank is off an Evo Sporty which I gave to Keith Baker [Classic Cycleworks boss] and said, ‘I want something vintage.’ This is what he came up with and I really like it. I did the rest of the work on the bike myself.

It’s a ’79 FXS Shovel in a 1980 Santee frame with really rare Mullins narrow yokes. I built it two years ago and most of the bits came off eBay – it cost me around £1300 in total, not including the engine and gearbox. I’ve still got the rolling chassis of the RXS it came out of. The front brake is off an XL125 Honda, the forks are 35mm Sportster and the rear is 16in with a banana caliper. It’s got a Shinko rear tyre and trials front – it was free; a guy with an old SP370 Suzuki trail bike came in wanting new tyres. The old front had plenty of life left so I used it. It’s really light and zips along. There’s no weight to it. Tank is off an Evo Sporty which I gave to Keith Baker [Classic Cycleworks boss] and said, ‘I want something vintage.’ This is what he came up with and I really like it. I did the rest of the work on the bike myself.


 This is my vintage street rod (left). It’s got a 355 small block motor, five speed manual transmission and is period perfect. It was built by Adrian Buckland and to use his quote, ‘if Henry didn’t do it, it’s not in this car.’ I built the engine, and made a lot of the panels and interior – and Adrian never worked on the car unless I was there. I debuted it at Chimay five years ago and it was voted best out of the 500 cars there. I run it at NHRA events like Pendine. And I was invited to exhibit it at Prescott. My FLH is an old Mexican Police bike which I have paperwork to show that it was assigned to ‘ceremonial duties’ so when it was brought to the UK it had very little mileage on it. Stars, a really well known personality in the National Chopper Club around this area, brought it into the UK and I’m only the third registered owner. Stars died earlier this year. I’d known him for 35 years and we were good friends so there’s no way I’d ever sell it. My other bike is a Glide –we started working on it in 2004 and finished in 2007. Three months later I had a head on with a car so it was rebuilt again...

This is my vintage street rod (left). It’s got a 355 small block motor, five speed manual transmission and is period perfect. It was built by Adrian Buckland and to use his quote, ‘if Henry didn’t do it, it’s not in this car.’ I built the engine, and made a lot of the panels and interior – and Adrian never worked on the car unless I was there. I debuted it at Chimay five years ago and it was voted best out of the 500 cars there. I run it at NHRA events like Pendine. And I was invited to exhibit it at Prescott. My FLH is an old Mexican Police bike which I have paperwork to show that it was assigned to ‘ceremonial duties’ so when it was brought to the UK it had very little mileage on it. Stars, a really well known personality in the National Chopper Club around this area, brought it into the UK and I’m only the third registered owner. Stars died earlier this year. I’d known him for 35 years and we were good friends so there’s no way I’d ever sell it. My other bike is a Glide –we started working on it in 2004 and finished in 2007. Three months later I had a head on with a car so it was rebuilt again...

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 Sue, business manager, 1929 Model A Ford 1984 ex-police FLH

Sue, business manager, 1929 Model A Ford 1984 ex-police FLH


 I’ve owned this BSA Gold Star for 20 years and restored it twice since I first bought it. It used to be in full Clubman trim (clip-ons, rear-sets etc) but I’ve had to change it to touring spec to be able to ride it in comfort. It’s got a Person homemade crankshaft, Carillo racing con-rod, forged race piston, DBD racing cams and an RRT2 Goldie close-ratio racing gearbox. I have the Amal GP carb but I’ve fitted a Mikuni for ease of starting and setting up and it’s got a Bob Newby belt-drive primary and clutch. I have other British bikes and ride them all – I’m a technician by trade so I can fix and restore them. The guys here think I’m a bit quirky riding an old British classic but it goes down well because it’s a quirky kind of place anyway! I’ve worked at Krazy Horse for two and half years.. I sold Nortons and Morgans when I arrived but now we’ve got the new shop across the road I sell Indian, Victory and Morgan cars..

I’ve owned this BSA Gold Star for 20 years and restored it twice since I first bought it. It used to be in full Clubman trim (clip-ons, rear-sets etc) but I’ve had to change it to touring spec to be able to ride it in comfort. It’s got a Person homemade crankshaft, Carillo racing con-rod, forged race piston, DBD racing cams and an RRT2 Goldie close-ratio racing gearbox. I have the Amal GP carb but I’ve fitted a Mikuni for ease of starting and setting up and it’s got a Bob Newby belt-drive primary and clutch. I have other British bikes and ride them all – I’m a technician by trade so I can fix and restore them. The guys here think I’m a bit quirky riding an old British classic but it goes down well because it’s a quirky kind of place anyway! I’ve worked at Krazy Horse for two and half years.. I sold Nortons and Morgans when I arrived but now we’ve got the new shop across the road I sell Indian, Victory and Morgan cars..

 John, Indian Specialist, 1956 Gold Star

John, Indian Specialist, 1956 Gold Star


 Phil, Showroom, 1969 Shovel

Phil, Showroom, 1969 Shovel

 I’ve had this bike 18 years and it’s changed a bit in that time. It’s a 1969 generator Shovel and gearbox in a custom frame, 18in x 180 rear tyre, 20in front. Two years ago I chopped the rear mudguard and fitted new bars. It had drag bars before. When I got it the engine had been blown up so I had to get the cases welded up. I put an S&S flywheel and crank inside. I’ve ridden all over on it – Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway. I joined Krazy Horse when the shop was at Looms Road. In fact I decorated there before Paul moved in from the original shed! I’ve known Paul some 20 years now. We all used to ride a lot but things are so busy with the new shops that we don’t have as much free time now.

I’ve had this bike 18 years and it’s changed a bit in that time. It’s a 1969 generator Shovel and gearbox in a custom frame, 18in x 180 rear tyre, 20in front. Two years ago I chopped the rear mudguard and fitted new bars. It had drag bars before. When I got it the engine had been blown up so I had to get the cases welded up. I put an S&S flywheel and crank inside. I’ve ridden all over on it – Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway. I joined Krazy Horse when the shop was at Looms Road. In fact I decorated there before Paul moved in from the original shed! I’ve known Paul some 20 years now. We all used to ride a lot but things are so busy with the new shops that we don’t have as much free time now.


 John, Parts Manager, Indian, Victory, Morgan, 1968 Sportster

John, Parts Manager, Indian, Victory, Morgan, 1968 Sportster

 I’ve had this XLCH Sportster for ten years. I believe it was originally imported by Warrs as a used bike and it’s had several owners. The Ironheads are always bad starters, especially with the magneto ignition and original Tillotsen carb, which this has. There’s a knack. The bike is very original – the only sad thing is that the paint isn’t as it came out of the factory. The performance of the XLCH is really quite good and I’m afraid it’s far in excess of its braking capabilities – it was okay for Americans who used to trail the rear brake each time they saw an intersection a few miles in the distance but over here it’s a bit different. I’ve worked at Krazy Horse for two years. It’s a great place to work and there’s a great atmosphere – and the business is expanding all the time.

I’ve had this XLCH Sportster for ten years. I believe it was originally imported by Warrs as a used bike and it’s had several owners. The Ironheads are always bad starters, especially with the magneto ignition and original Tillotsen carb, which this has. There’s a knack. The bike is very original – the only sad thing is that the paint isn’t as it came out of the factory. The performance of the XLCH is really quite good and I’m afraid it’s far in excess of its braking capabilities – it was okay for Americans who used to trail the rear brake each time they saw an intersection a few miles in the distance but over here it’s a bit different. I’ve worked at Krazy Horse for two years. It’s a great place to work and there’s a great atmosphere – and the business is expanding all the time.


 stuart Morgan Salesman Krugger bobber

stuart Morgan Salesman Krugger bobber

 I had seen Krugger stuff before and liked it. We took wheels, forks and an engine to a show in Germany and gave them to Freddy (Bertrand of Krugger). He then built a frame to suit the parts. I’ve been all over Europe on it and it’s surprisingly comfortable and you can sit at fast speeds on it - especially with those rearsets. It rides really good. My initial idea was based on a 1946 BSA M21 I had. I loved that bike and wanted something with a similar feel – but on steroids! I’ve been at Krazy Horse for a couple of years but I’ve worked with them for years, helping out at shows. I specialise in selling Morgan cars here now but all of us work across the business.

I had seen Krugger stuff before and liked it. We took wheels, forks and an engine to a show in Germany and gave them to Freddy (Bertrand of Krugger). He then built a frame to suit the parts. I’ve been all over Europe on it and it’s surprisingly comfortable and you can sit at fast speeds on it - especially with those rearsets. It rides really good. My initial idea was based on a 1946 BSA M21 I had. I loved that bike and wanted something with a similar feel – but on steroids! I’ve been at Krazy Horse for a couple of years but I’ve worked with them for years, helping out at shows. I specialise in selling Morgan cars here now but all of us work across the business.


 Andy Fleet Logisitics 1965 VW Camper

Andy Fleet Logisitics 1965 VW Camper

 It’s a ’62, 15-window Deluxe which I bought from Arizona in 2002. I had to go to the States to get one that’s not rusted. The body is not far off standard but it’s got all Porsche brakes, a 2007cc motor that’s been built with all the right bits and a beech/birch custom interior. The paint is as it came – flames only on the one side (and the Satan Loves You sticker on the rear). I use it all the time; family holidays, shows etc. I’ve been at Krazy Horse three months – I was hired as the logisitics guy, which means general dogsbody but it’s such a nice place to work. I’ve not got a bike but have always had an interest in them and coming here I know I need to get that sorted out now!

It’s a ’62, 15-window Deluxe which I bought from Arizona in 2002. I had to go to the States to get one that’s not rusted. The body is not far off standard but it’s got all Porsche brakes, a 2007cc motor that’s been built with all the right bits and a beech/birch custom interior. The paint is as it came – flames only on the one side (and the Satan Loves You sticker on the rear). I use it all the time; family holidays, shows etc. I’ve been at Krazy Horse three months – I was hired as the logisitics guy, which means general dogsbody but it’s such a nice place to work. I’ve not got a bike but have always had an interest in them and coming here I know I need to get that sorted out now!