Flying Piston Strider Customs 2019:
Story by Savannah Rose
Brian Klock and the Klock Werks crew built an incredible custom Strider with a definite Klock “flair,” – to riff off one of the company’s signature components, the Klock Werks Flair windshield. Inspiration for the build came from Ricky Carmichael’s Suzuki M109r that the KW crew had modified, and yes: that’s Ricky’s autograph on the tank!
The little gray bike boasts red paneling with yellow pinstriping along the custom made “gas” tank and fenders, which Dan Cheeseman and Randy Rothlisberger fabricated in the Klock shop. The rear fender even has a fender mount reminiscent of an H-D bagger, which is nearly a tiny version of the motorcycle fenders Klock Werks produces. Up front, Brian included an LED headlight for those kids who just aren’t ready to put the bike away because it’s dark! Wrapped around the headlight is a one-off mini-Flare windshield, based on the product the KW crew are known for.
Brian was happy to take on the challenge of what is most definitely the smallest bike the crew has ever built, as he and Dan are huge proponents of All Kids Bike – the Strider Foundation initiative that strives to make bike riding a part of kindergarten P.E. curriculum. The Klock team even helped provide funding in their hometown of Mitchell, SD to bring the program to the elementary schools there. Brian says, “Anything we can do to raise awareness for Strider and the programs that push kids to ride bikes, exercise and be creative is a win.”
The Flying Piston Benefit was honored to have the Klock Werks crew on our team for the 2019 Class of Strider Custom Builders.
In their quest to stay on the cutting edge of design, the team built a bagger for the Discovery Channel Biker Build-Off in 2007. The bike won the build-off and weeks later was at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats where it set a Land Speed Record as the World’s Fastest Bagger.
Brian and his team recently partnered with Jack Daniel’s and Indian Motorcycles to design a series of Limited-Edition Indians. In 2012 Brian was inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame and he has received numerous state and local awards. Today the Klock Werks team designs and builds motorcycles and an ever-growing line of custom parts at a 7,000 square-foot facility in the heart of Mitchell, SD.
About Flying Piston Benefit: The Flying Piston Benefit is produced by Marilyn Stemp of Iron Trader News and Jeff Najar from Horsepower Marketing, a marketing and promotions company to raise awareness and funds for non-profits and individuals in the biker community. Each year the Flying Piston Benefit hosts a builders breakfast at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip the first Sunday of Sturgis Rally. Contact: the team or Marilyn Stemp, 828-205-8482, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.flyingpistonbenefit.com for details.