These Guys are "Guilty" of Success!
on: July 8, 2008, 2:22 pm
Release Author: Guilty
Release Summary: “Half-Pint” is a stripped-down growling
motorcycle made to suit the hardcore enthusiast not interested
in anything overpriced, overweight or over-hyped customized choppers.
Release Body: So, don't bother comparing this Central Florida
custom motorcycle shop with a traditional Harley Davidson, or
for that matter to those two-wheeled elaborate masterpieces made
famous by TV builders or those that bring their builds only to
shows. Instead, Carl (Cj) Hanlon and his staff
of 2 have taken the concept of custom motorcycles back 30 years.
see ourselves as the “hot-rod” builders of the industry.
We take influences from the 60-70’s drag and street racing
scene and combine that with the look of the bikes that were cool
during that period and tweak them a bit with new technology and
parts," said Hanlon, Owner of Guilty Customs.
"We want bikes that look cool but keep that old vintage hot-rod
look and are going to be ridden daily. So, you’ll not find
“fluff” parts on our bikes." Aside from
stock Harley Davidson Buell or Sportster engines or new S&S
motors, the bikes are customized, built, machined and painted
locally in Central Florida.
Customs bikes (they have 5 models) consist solely
of rigid frames, narrow rear wheels and tires, vintage leaf spring
or girder front ends, aluminum MoonEyes oil bags and a lot of
their own custom built parts. Those features make the bikes a
lot more affordable, fun and easier to handle when compared to
their competitors”, Hanlon said. "Those big
bikes are mostly for looks," Hanlon said of traditional
bikes such as Harley Davidson and similar long bulky choppers.
"Our bikes are built to be on the road daily. Looks, while
important, are second to functionality."
you venture over to their shop in Winter Springs, FL what you
will find on the shelves in this small shop is their own private
labeled gas tanks and fenders, seat pans, battery and fuse boxes
along with shocks, and frames all waiting for their next build.
TV Helped Guilty Customs
When the shop opened in 2005, Guilty was building only about 5-7
bikes per year. However that changed when shows like Jesse James
Monster Garage, Biker Build Off, American Choppers and American
V-Twin were growing increasingly popular on TV. Suddenly, the
public was familiar with custom bikes and able to appreciate the
hours spent to produce each one. "Whether (viewers) liked
the people on the shows or not, those shows brought motorcycles
and the lifestyle into homes around the world, The consumers are
more educated now," Hanlon said. So far in 2008, the
company has exceeded their bike build projections by over 150%.
While many custom bikes are beyond an average rider's price range,
Guilty’s flagship, “Lucille”-
starts at $24,000.00. Guilty’s other bikes include: Errant
$19,995.00; Dais’d $23,000.00; La
Primera Indian Bobber $27,000.00, and Half Pint
bikes have NFL and Special Ops exposure
Two of Guilty Custom’s most rewarding builds
have been for Green Bay Packers Lineman Daryn Colledge and Special
Ops soldier Ash Spurlin. Daryn who took possession of “Lucille”
last year, cruises local events in Green Bay, WI and takes Lucille
to charity events to support his interest in helping children
and families in need. Ash’s bike, “Errant” caught
his attention with its 70’s dragster styled influences.
Spurlin comments about his decision to have his next chopper built
by Guilty Customs: “Since I had two
bobber styled bikes that were similar in looks, I wanted something
different, but dependable and affordable. One of my friends told
me about Guilty Customs so I called and spoke with Cj. We talked
for about an hour. I didn’t feel like it was a business
call, which is when I knew 100 percent, this company was the kind
of business I’d always heard my father and grandfather talk
about. Not cookie cutter $65,000 choppers or assembly line bikes,
but actual one-on-one discussions about my next bike.”
what we’re all about here at Guilty Customs.
Customers that will ride and enjoy their bikes and don’t
want to be like everyone else” say’s Hanlon.