Eric Hermann Builds Custom Strider for the Flying Piston Benefit Builders Breakfast in Sturgis
He really didn’t stand a chance: when I talked to Eric Herrmann at the Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction in 2018, he complimented the inaugural class of tiny customs being auctioned then. Naturally, I asked if he’d paint one the following year and he couldn’t say no!
In fact, Eric wouldn’t say no: as one of the pioneers of motorcycle art, he has been creating paintings of the biker lifestyle for over 30 years and supporting related charity causes the entire time, too. That’s just who he is and what he does.
Want to meet all the Strider Custom Builders? Surf over to the 2019 Flying Piston Benefit Builders Breakfast page.
For the Flying Piston Benefit charities, this was nothing short of fabulous. Eric’s highly sought-after originals grace museums, galleries, and garages in more than 40 countries worldwide and his work is seen at all the major rallies and races. We were delighted – and grateful – to have Eric agree to use a tiny Strider bike as his canvas and the results are stunning. Multi-layered with distinctive hand work and variegated gold leaf, it’s truly one of a kind.
Eric Hermann Builds Custom Strider – “The Strider custom project was very important to me,” said Eric. “Gets kids riding and striding at an early age! Motorcycling has been very important in my life and has kept me focused for decades. I’m honored to be part of this important endeavor.”
“The Strider custom project was very important to me,” states Eric. “Gets kids riding and striding at an early age! Motorcycling has been very important in my life and has kept me focused for decades. I’m honored to be part of this important endeavor.”
Eric Hermann Philosophy
“If it’s loud and fast, I usually like it.” That saying has guided me in my motorsport artwork for many years. I’ve been around fast bikes, cars, and racers my whole life. I’ve been fortunate to have painted NASCAR images for Jack Daniels & Richard Childress Racing. Barrett-Jackson, The Indianapolis 500, Several Street Machine’s of the year and the best of the best have been my subjects for many years now.
I’ve noticed the biker’s, racers, and builders I call my friends are a little more daring than most. So is my artwork. Lately I’ve decided to paint some new subjects, in addition to my motorsport art. You’ll find my experiences and paintings to be “Loud and Fast” and a little more daring than most.
Flying Piston Benefit Custom Strider Class of 2019
The 2019 star Strider builders are Steve Reed, Xavier Muriel, Devin Henriques, Brian Klock, Jessi Combs, Roy & Nikki Martin, Eric Hermann, Todd “Gilby” Gilberson, Count’s Kustoms, James Washnock, and Motorcycle Missions.
About Flying Piston Benefit: The Flying Piston Benefit is produced by Marilyn Stemp of Iron Trader News and Jeff Najar of Horsepower Marketing. The event and silent auction supports veterans issues and the motorcycle industry through fundraisers for non-profits and individuals.
Each Flying Piston Benefit provides a silent auction that is art-oriented and also includes unique and collectible items.
Each event also doubles as an industry get together where enthusiasts, businessmen and women, custom builders, athletes, and artists come together to socialize, enjoy breakfast and support a worthy cause.
To get involved, contact Marilyn Stemp at our contact page or text her at 828-205-8482.
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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 the kindergarten curriculum. www.allkidsbike.org, www.striderbikes.com.
Auctioned Off at Mecum Auctions
The 2019 class of Strider Rider Customs were auctioned off by Mecum Auctions during their auto and motorcycle event. (www.Mecum.com) The 2020 class of builders started after the auction. Check them out here.
Story by Marilyn Stemp