In 1970 Performance Machine (PM) began making a few motorcycle parts here and there out of a tiny shop in Paramount, California. In 1972 PM was busy building custom aftermarket frontends and brakes for Harley-Davidsons with no end in sight, but the year of 1975 was a game changer. This is when PM upped its game by manufacturing custom wheels for Harley-Davidson motorcycles that included the iconic Morris Mag seven-spoke, the Invader six-spoke, and Mitchell Spun Aluminum Wheels.
Every year since then PM has evolved into a powerhouse of a supplier to the world of aftermarket motorcycle products. Wheel, brakes, foot and hand controls, and now even air cleaners are produced by the thousands and shipped worldwide.
We visited PM’s world headquarters in La Palma, California, to see how the magic happens and to slap a set of wheels on our project 2012 Fatbob. Here’s what we encountered. HB