Richard Pollock of Mule Motorcycles, one of our favorite builders, was interviewed recently and gives us a very interesting look at the man behind those beautiful street trackers. Along with the interview is a short, but well done video to give you a flavor of Richard’s ideas and what he’s like when at work in his garage shop. Not surprisingly, it’s quite a contrast to the slam bang chopper shows, but, no one here would be surprised at that.
He makes one observation about something he’s noticed over the years:
When I was a little kid in upstate New York in the 50’s, if a guy fired up a car and was going to do a tune-up or something, every kid within 3 blocks would sniff it out or hear it and be there in a minute on their bicycle pestering the guy. I’ve worked out of my garage for 25 years and had bikes in the garage or sitting parked in the driveway that entire time. I haven’t had 4 kids stop and ask about the bikes in 25 years. And there’s kids everywhere and this is in Southern California. Yes, something has changed. Takes commitment and time to learn a craft. So every time I see or read a feature about somebody that builds stuff, I think that’s a good thing!
I’ve noticed that same decreasing interest among the kids, and while there seems to be a resurgence, it may be some time before we see the widespread desire to build things with your own hands so prevalent in years past. It’s actually possible, that seeing examples of builders like Richard, a few more young folks might be motivated to pursue the craft of high quality hands on work. We can only hope.
The interview is fairly long and it’s worth going over to read the whole thing. I’ve included the video below.