Issue 9

In issue nine of Built, Tom Bing rents a Harley and takes a road trip across California. He follows the Pacific Coast Highway into LA, where there are more bike shops on one road than in the whole of Europe.

Whilst in The Golden State, Tom meets the Cycle Zombies, the Huntingdon Beach-based crew of skaters, surfers, chopper riders and punks, Cameron Brewer, the man who helped start Hooligan flat track racing and Steve Caballero, one of the greatest skaters of all time who is also massively into bikes. He catches up with one of LA’s most gifted artists Brit Nikolai Sclater A.K.A The Ornamental Conifer and Suicide Machines, the most badass bike-building duo in Socal.

Out on the road, ninety riders on inappropriate bikes try to ride the length of Britain and we learn why racing 12 massive bikes round a tiny dirt oval is an excellent idea. We pop into Hard Luck Tattoo in South West London, a genius retail idea where you can peruse your next custom bike whilst getting a new tatt.

The founder of El Solitario shows us some of his crazy off-the-wall machines explaining why he builds bikes that shock and we follow the story of their three modified Harleys attempting to cross the Sahara.

On the gear front, Ashley Watson takes his new bike jacket out on test… for 4000 miles and if you’re in the market for a new lid, take a look at Urban Rider’s limited edition tenth anniversary Bell Bullits and our pick of the current offerings from Biltwell.

What's inside this issue

Tom Bing hires a Harley and crosses California in search of unique bikes and riding experiences, meeting some characters along the way.


We catch-up with the founder of El Solitario, purveyor of some of the craziest custom bikes you'll find on why he likes to build bikes that shock.


Tattoos, custom motorcycles and work in progress have always gone together. Now they're in the same shop.