1982 Kawasaki KZ440 – February 2013

We completed this 1982 Kawasaki KZ440 in February 2013 for Adam Johnson.

BIKE

  • R1 Rear Monoshock
  • Custom Exhaust

A testimonial from Adam:

“Medusa Fabrication is a breath of fresh air. When regular people think of motorcycles and the culture involved, they often times think of Sturgis or American Chopper, but that isn’t the way Medusa approaches things. With old world techniques and simplicity of design in mind, Chad and Theo approach each bike in a very minimalist way, and that’s one of the things that attracted me to their shop.

Chad is my older brother, and when he told me he was getting into motorcycle fabrication with his buddy I was a little skeptical. Growing up Chad was always taking my Walkman, or stereo, or anything, and breaking it down to see how it worked (most times not reassembling them). He has always had an artistic talent, too, that was far superior to mine. But motorcycles? I didn’t really see the connection.

It wasn’t until I started hanging out in the shop, watching their brains break down my project, and seeing their vision come to life that I finally understood the attraction. A motorcycle is a method of transportation, a piece of art, and inevitably an extension of your persona. It’s the reason you wake up early on your day off. It’s the rides through the countryside. And it’s a great reason to get dirty and drink a few cold ones.

I know it’s silly sounding since I’ve known Chad my whole life, but working on my motorcycle with him and Theo has given me insights into their lives that I would never have gotten otherwise. Guess that’s what Medusa is all about. It’s their lives.”

37 Biker Truths

We all know that being a motorcycle enthusiast is more than just a hobby. It’s a way of life. It’s a culture. It’s a community. So we compiled these common biker sayings and quotes about motorcycles that we feel helps capture the essence of being a true biker. We hope you enjoy these quotes and sayings as much as we do, and please feel free to share on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ and anywhere else your biker community stays in touch.

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Medusa Fabrication has moved! Check out our new digs. True garage builders! We downsized a bit and are really focusing on taking our style of bike to the next level of fabrication and design. The smaller space is challenging us to be more creative and efficient while still challenging the current ideas in the cafe/garage-built motorcycle scene. In the future, people should be expecting us to outdo our last build, both in design and quality of craftsmanship.

2005 Triumph Thruxton – May 2012

We completed this 2008 Triumph Thruxton in May 2012 for Chaplain Bart Physioc.

2005 Triumph Thruxton

  • British Customs 18-Wide Tire Kit
  • CRG Mirrors
  • British Customs Brake Fluid Reservoir
  • Airbox Eliminator
  • Headlight Eyebrow
  • Modified Tri-Bar Headlight
  • Custom Paint by J.E. Restoration
  • Gold Hand-Lettering by Amy Bug
A testimonial from Bart:
“I met Chad Johnson of Medusa Fabrication on Facebook, while corresponding with my son, Luke, who happened to be deployed in Afghanistan at the time.  Previously, I promised to give my 2002 Triumph Bonneville T-100 to my son, so I asked Chad if he would be interested in building a custom Triumph Thruxton for me.  In the same message I asked my son, who is an accomplished artist, to design a paint scheme for the project.  They both agreed to my offer immediately, and with much enthusiasm.  Thus, “Project Cafe Racer” was born.  Over the months that followed, and from three distant locations, we engaged in the project.  Chad found a used bike that would suit his purpose to make my desire a reality, and went to work on it with his partner, Theo.  Meanwhile, Luke worked on a paint scheme.  For me, the process of building the bike was as important as the finished project, because of the bonds of friendship that were formed along the way, not only with Chad and Theo, but with my son as well.  On the professional side, I am totally impressed with the workmanship and creativity of Medusa Fabrication.  My custom 2005 Triumph Thruxton looks fantastic and rides superbly.  In short, my personal/professional experience with Medusa Fabrication could not have been better!”

2008 Triumph Thruxton – April 2012

We completed this 2008 Triumph Thruxton in April 2012, for the Big Kahuna event in Atlanta, Georgia. Photos #6 through #10 copyright Carrie McGuinness.

Specs: 2008 Triumph Thruxton – April 2012

  • Custom rear subframe
  • Swing arm conversion to monoshock using a ’94 RF900 shock
  • Hand-formed rear cowl containing all electronics
  • M.O.T.Y. battery
  • Acetylene gauge brake light
  • Copper seat pan with tooled leather
  • CB200 tank with fuel sight gauge
  • Custom tach made from coffee thermos lid
  • Copper plated bobber headlight
  • Driven clip-ons
  • Custom RCA headphone jack key
  • Modified levers
  • Custom engraved brass rear sets
  • D&D race pipes
  • Pirelli Speed Demon tires on black stock wheels
  • Custom paint by Roger Whitney

The Story Behind the 2008 Triumph Thruxton

Theo Lehman

I purchased a brand new Triumph Thruxton in June of 2008, rode it for a few hundred miles, and that November stripped it down and cut it in half. The subframe was made the old school kinda way – no machines, heat and bent over a jig, and voila! Just like that. No, not really just like that. Next up, the rear cowl, I just kept forming sheet metal until I started to like how some of the shapes were coming together, just kinda winged it. Same goes for the monoshock, which almost seemed to be brought on as a dare. Chad and I had some small trial and error runs at it, and now it works and handles better tenfold.

The gas tank was one of those that was just laying around, so, I gave it to my wife for her bike. And then took it back. It just seemed to work out better on the Triumph. The headlight was off of another project bike in the garage. This bike just kept coming together in this wabi sabi kind of way, from the foot controls to the tach, fuel sight gauge, and all the little details in between.  And then there’s always the dreaded wiring nightmare! I ended up hitting my “point” and called Tyler (Dell, Medusa’s mechanic). We ended up ditching the old and making a new one entirely. It’s so basic now, and it all fits so nicely inside the rear cowl.

Its kind of funny that it all worked out the way it did, especially with a deadline that got thrown in the mix toward the end of phase one of this build. The super long days and some all-nighters paid off. It still wasn’t painted or anything but at least it was back on the road. Good ol’ WD-40 and Scotch-Brite was the finish for almost a year.

The stage that its at right now, being a “finished” bike, is a whole other story. During this build we decided to really make a go at it and start our own business (enter Medusa Fabrication). We moved out of my garage and over to Tyler’s, we started getting some more bikes, and people started getting interested in what we do.

There was talk about a big event in Atlanta – the Big Kahuna. We knew we had to go, but this deadline was fast approaching, so the tear down began again. Doing all the finishing touches and remaining details on a tight budget and tight schedule can become really frustrating, especially when you have a certain image in your head of what its supposed to look like or how you see it, but with the right friends and business partners, this bike was able to go to the next level. Check out the pictures above to see exactly what I mean.