We caught up with Steve and asked him some questions -
What’s got you so hooked on two wheels?
I've been riding two wheels ever since I learned how to ride a bike at 5 years old, got my first motorcycle at age 16 in high school back in 1982 which was a HONDA MB5 and been into motorcycles ever since then.
We know you’re really into older bikes, why a modern Indian?
Everyone needs a modern bike for those long rides you want to go on without worrying about breaking down:)
I was stoked to meet Roland at the shop and see we had some things in common. Particularly wanting to build a cool Indian inspired by our race bikes.
What led you down that road?
I've followed Roland's career and builds and knew he had the experience with the Scout Bobber, so it was a no-brainer to collaborate with him and the team there at Roland Sands Designs.
Moto Cross, Flat Track, these are young man’s sports, but you seem to huck yourself right into the middle of mix. Have you been a racer your whole life, or is this something your just getting into?
I've always had a competitive spirit within me, so racing goes hand in hand with my personality and wanted to be the best at what I do, I've always dug challenges. I've raced MX since 2002 at celebrity SX and MX races to racing the Over-the-Hill gang norcal chapter. I just got introduced to flat track racing last summer in Biarritz, France for the Wheels and Waves event and got hooked. But after racing it a few times, its led me to think I need to build a proper vintage flat tracker someday that's built for racing.
How does riding relate to skating?
How it relates is it's competitive, and it's dangerous and challenging... plus it's a mental mind game as well. I always say everything is 90% mental attitude, 10% skill level. Its passion, perseverance, dedication and handwork, success can be made with everything... even some podium finishes and top placings.
Do you think the moto community has parallels to the skate community or do you look at it all as one thing now as a sub-culture to a sub-culture that includes surf, skate, moto, art?
Its all family and it all relates to one another. I believe there is a mutual respect for one another, each is awesome, creative and gnarly in its own right. each takes a person who is willing to step out of their comfort zone to excel in something most people want to be spectator for just just admire from the sidelines, I'm not one of those dudes, i wanna be where the action is because it just looks so darn fun.
Is riding more of a streets skate mentality or a half pipe?
It's more like street skating, but if we are speaking about flat track racing (going round and round), that's more like halfpipes ( going back and forth) :)
What’s your next moto adventure?
I'm working with a cool shop in Texas to build a legit race only GP track bike i wanna race at Chuckwalla or Willow Springs some day. It's a 1969 vintage Honda 175 sloper cafe race bike built by David Morales by Denton Moto inspired by vintage racing and my influence on what i'd like a race bike to look like
A lot of your recent art has been inspired by two wheels, do you see that continuing?
Indeed, my art always revolves around what I'm into at that time and what my life has or had been influenced by in the past. I love dipping into all areas of life that looks challenging and intriguing to me from a kid then to a kid now. Superheros come in all shapes and sizes. Evel Knievel is the king.
Where would you like to see your art work go?
I'd like my art to progress and get better and better, so the more I do, the more opportunity will arise to showcase it somewhere really cool. So far the coolest collabs my art has shown up on is Hotwheels toy packaging to now a new gear set and helmet I designed for SHIFT MX racing slated for next years 2018 release.
From an outside perspective you’ve done so much cool stuff, are there things you want to accomplish that you have not and what are they?
I want to get better at riding dirtbikes, learn better skills at flat track racing, continue to build some cool bikes and also finish a Hot Rod project I started eight years ago on my own. Yes, i love vintage and historic race cars too.
Any countries left to travel?
I want to go to Africa, Indonesia or Dubai someday.
Any plans to race the Scout or trips planned?
Don't wanna race the Scout build we did, bikes way too pretty to crash or bang up, this bike will be my daily rider for long distance rides, but i may drag race it though at the next Wheels and Waves event in Cayucos next year. I'm headed back to Japan for the Yokohama Mooneyes show and to Denton, Texas this December.
What’s your next custom bike concept?
A proper vintage flat track racer made with a 1972 Norton 750 commando motor in a track master frame... that's gonna be a sweet build!