Is there a future in the Co-op garage?
Yes. I'm certain of it. The industry needs them, they're incubators for the next designers, builders, engineers and enthusiasts that will help carry this industry along for another 75 to 100 years.
Some people view the East Coast as being a bit behind in style and culture. How do you look at that statement?
I spend enough time on the West Coast with you to pull the good style elements out of SoCal culture, then I meld them with my Redneck Southern ways. I guess I don’t really look at the statement in any particular way because, so far, what I’m doing is working. I think?
How’s the bike scene in Orlando?
So hot right now.
Who’s your favorite person in Orlando?
This guy, Marshall. He wears different cowboy hat every day of the week. Has pressed Wranglers, an OG button down Western Shirt and boots that could tell stories for days. I see him walking all over, but his main spot is a coffee shop I frequent. He never says anything, just looks up and nods with respect, to everyone. I kinda feel like he’s got it figure out. I want to be more like him.
So, you built a few dirt trackers now. How do you view the move from custom bike builder to race bike builder?
To say I’m building race bikes would be a stretch. My guys and I are dipping our toes in the waters of racing, at best. Will I say building this Street 750 and then ripping it sideways at Johnny Lewis place was the most amazing moment of my motorcycle building life though? Hell fucking yeah, I will! I’ve fallen in love with Flat track and it’s not even about the racing. It’s about the people for me. Everyone I’ve met has been so kind and full of love for people and racing the same, and I’ve just decided that where I’m at in life, that those are the kinds of people I want to be surrounded by.
So how do I view the move? I would have to say “I’m in transition. Check back with me in a couple of years."
Racing is dangerous and I know you’ve seen the sharp end of that knife after talking to you post-concussion. As someone who is fairly fresh to racing, how do you explain the compulsion to get back on the bike after weeding yourself?
I don’t know any other way. I tried to describe this to someone who asked me “Jason, no matter what happens to you I always see you get right back up. Like, inhumanly fast. How do you do that?” My answer was that when I was young I remember a specific thing that shattered my world. I sat there and waited for everyone to come to the rescue and in the end, no one did. I’ve lived a life on the edge not because I want to, rather because it’s all I know. Up and down, perpetually torn. Eventually, I had another certain moment, recently in fact, the correlated with the swing of the pendulum at it’s farthest movement. I realized, that if I just got back up right away I wouldn’t lose any speed. And I liked going fast, so I went with it.