Copper Head | 2010 Custom Rigid

Stromberg's Lethal New Build

The narrow trees help the legs hug the 21-inch tire and the clip-on bars help keep the tight profile.

John dished the sides of a Cole Foster gas tank for a more unique look.

"With all this time painting for others, it is rare that John has time to build a bike of his own."

In a nod to his powerplant, John adorned the neck of his rigid with a badge from Indian.

John Stromberg is from Amarillo, Texas, and has slowly become a household name when it comes to top-notch paintjobs. He has painted for the rich and famous from Indy Driver Rick Mears to comedian Carlos Mencia to country music singer Alan Jackson, to name a few.

As if painting for the likes of these famous people wasn't enough, John was also featured on Discovery Channel's Biker Build-Off "Covington vs. Vesely" in 2005, where he helped Covington Cycle City win with his custom green paint. John was also named Easy Riders 2005 Painter of the Year.

It all started from simple origins. "I used to ride BMX stuff and was always into cars in high school. I bought a motorcycle and fixed it up. I ended up getting a job at a body shop that painted tons of motorcycles, so it just snowballed from there," explains John.

His career started at Soncy Road Body Shop where he resided for seven years as a painter learning all that he could. John then painted at Covington Cycle City for almost 14 years. "I finally opened my own shop, Lucky's Seven Customs, here in Amarillo, Texas. It's been officially open for about two years now," states John. The business is actually sort of a side job, since the other 40 hours of his week are spent painting helicopters at Bell Helicopters Amarillo military assembly center.

Even though he has painted for the rich and famous, John is still a down-to-earth, small-town guy that offers some amazing paint masterpieces. A little-known fact is the amount of SEMA cars John has painted over the years. They are often displayed in booths promoting other products but still sport his paint. Ever heard of the infamous Rick Dore Kustoms? Well, John's paint can be seen gracing quite a few of his creations.

With most of his time invested in painting for others, John rarely has time to build a bike of his own. Case in point: this custom Indian-powered hardtail that took more than five years to finish. "I wanted to build something I could ride, but I never have time for my own stuff," explains John. "I just finished this bike in March of 2010, using parts I had in the shop, traded stuff, or using things I could build myself."

Except for the seat, as John recalls later. "It's funny because it is tooled like western tooling, and you'd think since I'm in Texas I could find someone here to do it. But I had to send it off to Xian leather in New York to get it done. And actually, I did have to pay for that!" John states to this day it's his favorite feature of the bike; but we think he is just being modest.

John's bike contains an array of new and old. It is supported by a Kraftech frame with 38 degrees of rake and powered by an '01 Indian Power Plus 100 engine that is shifted by a RevTech six-speed. Conversely, it is garnished with '60s dirt bike footpegs, a '50s spotlight for a headlight, and a '30s Ford taillight.

The Covington one-off triple trees will be noticed by the expert eye. A crowd favorite is the custom, authentic Colt mother-of-pearl pistol-grip shifter. The bike is finished off with customized Tomaselli handlebars and '80s BMX grips.

The bike's future is somewhat in the fog as John offered it to his son who, astonishingly, didn't show any interest. John's shovelhead is first on his "When I have time to ride it" list. This bike will probably end up at a few West Texas events, then be offered for sale. Get in line though; rumor has it John already has a few offers on the table.

So what's next? Currently, the list of work at Lucky's Seven shop includes two baggers, a jet boat, several club bikes, and a 2010 Camaro. John concludes, "My shop is usually full."

SPECIFICATIONS
BIKE OWNER John Stromberg II
SHOP NAME Lucky's Seven Customs
SHOP PHONE (806) 336-5432
YEAR/MAKE/MODEL '10/Custom/Rigid
FABRICATION Owner
ASSEMBLY Owner
BUILD TIME Five Years
ENGINE
YEAR/MANUFACTURER '01/Indian
TYPE/SIZE Power Plus/100ci
BUILDER Rick Preble
CASES Indian
CYLINDERS Indian
HEADS Indian
ROCKER BOXES Indian
CARB S&S;
AIR CLEANER S&S;
EXHAUST Owner
TRANSMISSION
MANUFACTURER/TYPE RevTech/Six-speed
CASE RevTech
CLUTCH Grandeur
PRIMARY DRIVE Open Belt
FRAME
MANUFACTURER Kraftech
RAKE 38 degrees
STRETCH none
SUSPENSION
MANUFACTURER FRONT H-D
LENGTH 2 inches under
TRIPLE TREES Covington Cycle City
MANUFACTURER REAR None
WHEELS, TIRES, AND BRAKES
MANUFACTURER FRONT/TYPE Spool spoke
SIZE-HEIGHT/WIDTH 21x2
TIRE/SIZE Avon/21x2.00
CALIPER None
ROTOR None
MANUFACTURER REAR/TYPE H-D/Spoke
SIZE-HEIGHT/WIDTH 16x3
TIRE/SIZE Cheng Shin/16x3.00
CALIPER Exile
ROTOR Exile
FINISH/PAINT
COLOR Copper
PAINTER Lucky's Seven Customs
GRAPHICS Lucky's Seven Customs
ACCESSORIES
FRONT FENDER Chica/owner
REAR FENDER Owner
FENDER STRUTS Owner
GAS TANK & CAP Cole Foster/Owner
OIL TANK Dink Thompson
HANDLEBARS Tomaselli/Owner
HAND CONTROLS Owner
FOOT CONTROLS Owner
FOOTPEGS '60s dirt bike
HEADLIGHT '50s spotlight/owner
TAILLIGHT '30s Ford
SEAT Owner/Xian Leather