Let me start with where the addiction began - well actually, my bike addiction started as a kid, but we'll begin with when my custom bike building addicition started.
As a teen growing up in the mid-70's, I always dreamed of building a chopper from scratch. Not just a stingray with extended forks, which we all did back in the day, but actually a complete frame. In 2004 I started searching the internet and noticed they were now making all the parts to make that dream come true. I googled chopper frames and No Name's site was the first to come up. I had found my first frame and started my first bike build.
First build - RIP Rod
Second build - Starfire - another No Name frame (Built this one for my wife. She helped design it.)
Third build - Orange Muscle Bike - liked my wife's bike so much I had to have one for myself!!!
The wife and I ride together with our 3 year old in tow
Fourth Build - Eco Treker - this one came from inspiriation from the show "Long Way Down" with Ewan McGregor where he and his buddy ride their BMW all terrain motorcycles across Africa. I had this frame laying around (had stripped it for parts for my wife's bike) and put it together with some other spare parts I had. I use it for a commuter to work.
Fifth Build - Lucky 13 - my first attempt to build a rat rod, complete with my homemade suicide shifter.
Sixth Build - 48 Dually Trike - lucky 13 transformed into a trike. Saw a trike on ratrodbikes.com and it inspired me.
Seventh Build - Burque Rat - lucky 13/48 Dually Trike transformed again. (can't leave well enough alone!)
Eighth Build - Black Fluid - Firebikes Fluid frame done in a traditional black, white and red rat rod theme and pinstripes.
Ninth Build - Blue Crush - last build to date. My wife gave me the inspiration on this particular build. The frame came from Choppers U.S., and it's a rather beefy frame. She said it just looked like it should be an off-road chopper with beefy tires, etc. So I ran with it, complete with suspension fork and all. I also found a little gerri can flask and made my own flask holder for it. Modified a motorcycle fender rack too, to carry bags. This bike is also a good commuter for work.
Obviously, there's no hope for me. I am addicted for life!