Motorcycle Mission Builds Custom Strider for Flying Piston Benefit Builder Breakfast

“It was built around the suspension and it was Moos’s brainchild,” said Krystal Hess, founder and spearhead of Motorcycle Missions, a 501(c)3 organization that helps veterans dealing with PTSD find hope and healing through motorcycles.

Krystal was talking about the tiny Strider custom bike shown here, which was built by the MM team and unveiled at the Flying Piston Benefit Breakfast at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip in August of 2018.

Motorcycle Mission Builds Custom Strider

As for “Moos,” that’s custom builder and fabricator Chris Moos, a mentor in the MM program and Krystal’s partner.

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She continued: “Let’s use a Legends shock on it, he said. So we ordered it and it arrived – but it wasn’t tiny like the bike and I didn’t think it would work.”

But it did – and it’s entirely functional on the little bike. The team also added extra bracing above the shock, fabricated the front end, and tacked on a café seat and tail section. Shiny black paint, fancy grips and blue stitching on the seat refine the look. The overall theme was to build a “Strider Bro” – to mimic a “Dyna Bro” – as a lighthearted jab to a culturally trendy sub-set of riders. The Motorcycle Mission builds an exceptional custom Strider for Flying Piston Benefit Builder Breakfast.

The Motorcycle Missions team built a stunner and from the look of things, they had a blast doing it. Better still, as the beneficiary of a portion of the Flying Piston Events funds, MM looks to see their program enhanced once again when the tiny bike is auctioned – hopefully at the Mecum motorcycle event in Las Vegas next January.

Motorcycle Missions, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that helps veterans and first responders dealing with PTSD find hope and healing through motorcycles.
When dealing with PTSD, the need for purpose, camaraderie, and adrenaline is of the utmost importance. So MM strives to instill a passion for riding and building motorcycles that will help PTSD sufferers enjoy a happy, healthy, and balanced lifestyle after trauma.

Flying Piston Benefit Custom Strider Class of 2018

The 2018 Strider builders are Rick Fairless, Brian Fuller, Paul Yaffe, Jody Perewitz, Kirk Taylor, Pat Patterson, 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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Auctioned Off at Mecum Auctions

The 2018 class of Strider Rider Customs were auctioned off in January by Mecum Auctions during their Las Vegas event. ( The 2019 class of builders started after the auction. The list is here.