The last place you might expect to find a guy with a Ph.D. in Neuropsychology is in a shop building custom motorcycles. Perhaps, what James Loughead does might be better described as stripping motorcycles, rather than building them. Loughead specializes in taking standard, production motorcycles, stripping away everything non-essential, strengthening the frame and installing engine guards (for off-road use), and then installing his own finishing elements, such as fenders, headlights and turn signals. The bikes typically get spoked rims and knobby tires, as well.
Hammarhead Industries may be best known for its Jack Pine version of the Triumph Scrambler (pictured below), but it is the unique machine above that really caught our eye.
The lead photo is Hammarhead’s Solo-X, which is based on the 745cc boxer twin Ural sT (Solo Tourist). The Solo-X is apparently a physically small motorcycle when compared to a BMW boxer, for instance. Hammarhead’s modifications have brought the weight of the Solo-X down to close to 400 pounds, dry.
We like to see customizers specializing in machines other than heavyweight cruisers. Below the photo of the Jack Pine, you will see a brief video interview of Loughead, followed by a CycleWorld piece that features our friend Mark Cernicky hauling ass on the Jack Pine.