The Giveaway: One builder’s dream to give a bike to a vet

Cole Custer has many friends who are military veterans and on Veterans Day earlier this month an idea hit him – he’s going to build a $30,000 custom bike, give it away to a veteran and donate leftover proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project. He’s wanted to give to a cause and saw this as the perfect way to combine his skill with his passion.


This gallery shows some of Cole’s finished and in-progress builds

There’s one problem though. Custer operates MxATV Specialties, a small ATV/Motorcycle parts and accessories business in Nebraska. He doesn’t have a big budget. Actually, he has no budget. He’s completed a few builds but nothing with any serious backing to it. So to make this happen, he’s turned to crowd funding. He hasn’t decided on a donor bike yet but he’s worked with Honda CBs in the past. His first step is to spread the word and raise the money. Then he’ll worry about the bike. And finding a recipient veteran?

“The vet has to be nominated by someone else,” Custer said. “What we’re looking for is an outstanding person who goes above and beyond. Doesn’t have to be injured or anything like that. We’re looking for someone that inspires us and other people.”

It’s a steep task but we liked Custer’s story and zeal so we’re jumping on board to help him spread the word. That and we like veterans. The link to donate is below. For updates, visit MxATV’s FB page:


Your Shop: Dream Wheels Heritage

This is how it happens: dude wants to build a bike and ends up starting a shop and a brand.

A deep recession in Portugal hasn’t stopped 32 year old marketing professional Hélder Moura from chasing his dream. More on that in a bit but first he wants you to meet “Copper”, a 1973 BMW R60/5 that had a former life as a police vehicle.

“About one year ago I began working on my dream bike project,” Moura said. “Several ups and downs (no money, no contacts, no “how to do”, etc etc etc) that led me to do it on my own and with the low money I’ve had.”

About the BMW “Copper”:

1973 BMW R60/5
Claimed power: 46hp @ 6,600rpm
Top speed: 159 km/h)
Engine type: 599cc air-cooled OHV opposed twin
Through the process he was led to the son of an old family friend (Jose Miguel Martins) and the two started a brand together, Dream Wheels Heritage. 

“This build, has a big history behind it: a story of passion about two wheels, how people engage themselves when they love something and share their passion. A dream doesn’t become reality through magic: takes sweat, determination and hard work! Miguel is a true mechanic that knows what to do on a car or motorcycle and I’m an “idiot” (the guy with ideas) and both have a big passion about bikes and cars.”

More Specs:

– New handmade rear section (sub-frame)
– New foot rest and new position of riding
– New hand made exhausts
– 18” front rim
– New shocks
– Vintage BING carbs (from Bmw R100) and new handmade fixing system (in copper)
– Fork from an Honda VTR 1000 (year 2000)
– Brakes (front and rear) from Honda VTR 1000
– Vintage (1950) US Pioneer 145 fog light (adapted)
– Hydraulic clutch
– Speed sensor from a 1997 VW Polo (to be able to have an digital speedometer)
– New Daytona speedometer
– Firestone Deluxe Champion tires
– Blitz motorcycles switch (lights)
– Mini Cooper Hot Chocolate colour (tank)
– Frame painted (without visible original welds)
– New hand made seat