When Michael Henry, a.k.a. Horny Mike, takes on a project, you might know where it starts but where it will lead is anybody’s guess. That was the case with Mike’s Tiny Strider Custom, a two-wheeler that started with a stock balance bike and took a hard left turn from there.
No marketing slouch Mike, he decided on strong branding right out of the box, cutting out a metal relief Count’s Kustoms logo from steel. But placing that logo in an extended, fabricated swingarm/skatedeck combination piece? That’s just how his mind works. Of course, angled apehanger bars were a necessary add-on.
The candy blue paint addresses a top skill in Mike’s wheelhouse, something he finished up minutes before he loaded the bike in his trailer for the trip to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. We’d be fibbing if we said the little bike made the trip unscathed; and that’s where Ryan Evans comes in.
Ryan’s paintbrush and creative talents added both style and camo – and we watched him in action as he applied the details, making this a truly collaborative Count’s Kustoms project.
“What took me on this horny journey is my love of airbrushing,” he said. “But as an artist I’m never satisfied and always need new challenges.”
One glance at Horny Mike’s interpretation of a Strider Custom Bike confirms that!
About Horny Mike aka Michael Henry:
“Airbrushing is at my core, and has taught me to work on anything cars, bikes, walls, helmets etc.,” said Horny Mike, a.k.a Michael Henry. “Then my entrepreneur side kicked in.”
So after years of making custom horn helmets by hand, Horny Mike decided to take his horn helmets to the next level, and is now mass producing horns for the public.
About Ryan Evans:
Ryan Evans was born in Illinois and raise in Texas. He started painting and airbrushing fulltime in 1994, moving around a bit before finally landing in Las Vegas, NV. Having been born and raised into cars and motorcycles, it was a natural transition into the custom automotive and motorcycle paint industry.
Some of Ryan’s influences are Arlen Ness, Daryl Starbird, Gene Winfield, Ed Roth, Von Dutch, Larry Watson, and Jon Kosmoski. Ryan has been painting for 28 years and at Count’s Kustoms for 20. His artwork has been featured in almost every automotive/motorcycle publication there is. He can also be seen on The History Channel’s hit TV series Counting Cars.
About Shannon Aikau:
Shannon Aikau was born on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. His love of all things “motorcycle” began at such an early age; he watched and learned from his father Jimmy, an avid rider and mechanic. Shannon began tinkering with bikes at the age of 6 and built his first Harley at the tender age of 12.
In 1998, Shannon moved to the 9th island: Las Vegas, NV. There Shannon met Danny “The Count” Koker while working for Evil Twin Cycles. A few years later, “The Count” opened Count’s Kustoms, a custom motorcycle and hot rod shop. Shannon found a home there and has been building custom motorcycles at Count’s for 20 years.
Shannon can be seen on The History Channel’s hit series, Counting Cars, filmed on location at Count’s Kustoms and now on its 8th season. He has built over 300 bikes, each one a new, exciting and totally different experience. As Shannon says, “Building bikes is an art form, a passion; it’s shared through generations, builders, and riders alike. Putting a smile on the customer’s face as they take their first ride; that’s what it’s all about.”
About All Kids Bike®: All Kids Bike® is a national movement led by the Strider® Education Foundation to place Kindergarten PE Learn-To-Ride Programs into public schools for free, using donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations. 100% of the proceeds will support All Kids Bike and its mission to get Kindergarten Learn-To-Ride PE Programs into schools across the United States. For more information visit www.allkidsbike.org.
About The Flying Piston: The Flying Piston Benefit produces charitable events to promote motorcycling, encourage new motorcycle ridership and in support of U.S. military veterans. The Flying Piston works with sponsors to increase their brand awareness and integrate their participation with cause marketing. Flying Pistons does this by developing programs and providing materials that sponsors can use for their outreach and to increase their effectiveness. The Strider Custom Bike Program is one such example. For more information visit www.flyingpistonbenefit.com.
About the Strider Custom Bike Program: The Strider Custom Bike Program is an initiative of The Flying Piston Benefit produced by Marilyn Stemp of Iron Trader News and Jeff Najar of Biker Pros to raise awareness and funds for All Kids Bike. Each year a new class of bikes is unveiled at the Flying Piston Benefit Builders Breakfast at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip the first Sunday of the annual Sturgis Rally.
DISCLAIMER: This auction is promoted and coordinated by Strider Sports Int’l, Inc. 100% of proceeds will benefit All Kids Bike general fund to support Kindergarten PE Learn-To-Ride Programs in schools across the nation. Funds will be allocated at the full discretion of the Strider® Education Foundation. All bikes sold “as is”.
SAFETY DISCLOSURE: This bike is not intended for ordinary bicycle use. This bike represents a work of art and is the creation of the artist’s expression. It is only to be enjoyed by the Buyer as a display, such as any other piece of work of art.
DO NOT allow children to use, play with, or attempt to utilize this work of art as a normal operating bike.