Hot Bike Interrogates Builder John Jessup

Q&A with the Stockton indie motorcycle shop owner/operator

A Jessup creation throwing down at the drag strip.

A Jessup creation throwing down at the drag strip.

John Jessup

What do you do?
I own and operate an independent motorcycle shop in Stockton, California. We do everything from oil changes and performance work to dyno tuning and ground-up full-on builds. Our passion is really anything to do with the H-D FXR. I absolutely love taking old bikes and making them perform just as good as anything that comes off the factory floor today.

Describe yourself in three words.
A big kid.

What do you ride?
A 1985 Harley-Davidson FXRT.

What is your greatest life achievement so far?
Keeping a motorcycle business going during the greatest recession of our time.

Cheesing for the camera on the Hot Bike Tour.

Cheesing for the camera on the Hot Bike Tour.

Jeff G. Holt

What has been your biggest regret to date?
Working more than I should and not taking more trips on the bike.

What or who inspires you?
I am inspired by all of the innovation in our custom Harley community. It is an awesome industry to a part of, which is full of talented people who are doing what they love.

Any last words?
I know it is very cliché, but I never settle for mediocrity, I never quit, and most importantly I always have followed my dreams. And guess what? Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that I would have a very success full bike shop and be able to support my family by talking to people about Harley-Davidsons.