Andy believes that it's the small details that make a bike like this different, and you can see that ideology at play all over the Zion Express. The headlight lens in and of itself was a process many would have just sent out for or bought something pre-formed and re-shaped to fit. Andy, with the help of his father Ron, built a solid wood buck that perfectly fit inside the cowl and then proceeded to soften polycarbonate in the oven at home and hand-laid piece after piece over the buck until it came out perfect. The exhaust system and air cleaner are also examples of the devil-in-the-details attitude taken with this project. The spent gases seemingly have nowhere to exit until you take a closer look and see the ingenious way they empty out the inside of the frame, preserving a unique look of the "tip." Hand-wired edges and detailed cutouts set off the air cleaner in a similar way.
The bike was set to makes its debut at the 2010 Born Free show, as the centerpiece of the Pangea booth, but one of the few complete ground-up builds Andy takes on each year took precedent over his own project and delayed the final details. With his client's build buttoned up and on the road, Andy turned his attention back to the Zion. The time away from the grueling hours he was putting into the project trying to meet the deadline may have been a blessing in disguise. Andy never wants to do anything rushed, and that's how it would have likely turned out. With the self-imposed pressure off, the bodywork got the final pre-paint prep it deserved along with several other details, such as the solid wood headlight bezel, shift knob, and foot control pads all hand-cut, shaped, sanded, and stained with care by Andy himself. He then added the final piece to the puzzle in the paint process that he, once again, handled himself.
Since the project wasn't able to hit the streets of Long Beach for Born Free, Andy felt it might as well make its official debut in the city he loves and calls home (Salt Lake City, Utah) and at an event he helped organize. The bike received its first shakedown test just 30 minutes prior to the start of the first annual Salt Flat Social, and after a few last-minute (second) tweaks, the unique project rolled into the event area. To call the bike different is most likely an understatement, but that's what drives Andy and Pangea Speed: doing things cleanly and in a sound way, but also with a healthy dose of imagination. By the time you read this there is more than a strong chance the Zion Express will have met the tarmac in one of the canyon roads or city streets surrounding Salt Lake (that's just how he rides) in a way that will inevitably undo some of the hard work he's put into this project. Rest assured, if and when that happens, Andy will get up, dust himself off, and greet whoever was with him and just witnessed it with the same high five and shit-eating grin that he wears everyday. That's just Andy being Andy.