Flying Piston Strider Customs 2019:
Horny Mike
Count’s Kustoms

When Michael Henry, a.k.a. Horny Mike, takes on a project, you might know where it starts but where it will lead is anybody’s guess. That was the case with Mike’s Tiny Strider Custom, a two-wheeler that started with a stock balance bike and took a hard left turn from there.

No marketing slouch Mike, he decided on strong branding right out of the box, cutting out a metal relief Count’s Kustoms logo from steel. But placing that logo in an extended, fabricated swingarm/skatedeck combination piece? That’s just how his mind works. Of course, angled apehanger bars were a necessary add-on.

The candy blue paint addresses a top skill in Mike’s wheelhouse, something he finished up minutes before he loaded the bike in his trailer for the trip to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. We’d be fibbing if we said the little bike made the trip unscathed; and that’s where Ryan Evans comes in.

Ryan’s paintbrush and creative talents added both style and camo – and we watched him in action as he applied the details, making this a truly collaborative Count’s Kustoms project.

“What took me on this horny journey is my love of airbrushing,” he said. “But as an artist I’m never satisfied and always need new challenges.” His most recent new challenge is 3D printing. “I believe with 3D there is no limit to what you can do, it’s all up to your imagination. And I have a very big imagination!”

One glance at Horny Mike’s interpretation of a Strider Bike Custom confirms that!

About Flying Piston Custom Striders: The Custom Strider Program is an initiative of The Flying Piston Benefit produced by Marilyn Stemp of Iron Trader News and Jeff Najar of Biker Pros to raise awareness and funds for non-profits and individuals in the biker community. Each year a new class is unveiled at the Flying Piston Benefit Builders Breakfast at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip the first Sunday of Sturgis Rally. Contact: Marilyn Stemp, 828-205-8482, marilynstemp@gmail.com or www.theflyingpiston.com

About Strider: Strider designs lightweight bikes that build two-wheeled balance, coordination, and confidence in children. Strider is helping kids learn to ride and developing new motorcycle riders through the AllKidsBike movement which makes bike-riding a part of kindergarten curriculum. www.allkidsbike.org, www.striderbikes.com

*The 2019 Strider Custom Builder Class is: Todd “Gilby” Gilbertson, Jessi Combs, Xavier Muriel, Brian Klock, Steve Reed, Roy & Nikki Martin, James Washnok, Devin Henriques, Eric Hermann, Alumni of Motorcycle Missions and Count’s Kustoms’ Horny Mike, Shannon Aikau and Ryan Evans.


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