Article By: Xavier Muriel
Originally Published In The March 2019 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine
Happy New Year my friends. Well, we made it through another holiday season. It seems every year it comes and goes so fast that by the time I realize it, I can smell the fireworks in the air and just like that it’s gone. When it’s all said and done, I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to see another year in front of me. I’m looking forward to all the possibilities that lay ahead, to the excitement as well as the touch of fear that surrounds the unknown. This New Year gives me another chance to shake up the etch-a-sketch and start drawing another picture.
I really didn’t know what to write about this time till I saw a post from someone in this industry that I highly respect. He said, in not so many words, that “In a world of over design and hyper detail a classic look is satisfying”. Now, before you go getting your feathers all ruffled, let’s get a lil deeper… everything, we see today is based on one thing and one thing only… Ready… An Opinion. If we can see it, then, one way or another, we automatically have an opinion about it. My Dad used to say, “Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one, and no two are alike.” Even as you read this, you’re formulating an opinion about this column. The beautiful thing about an opinion is that it’s just that, it’s just the way you see it and maybe not a fact at all. I like to think about it this way; you can have a 100 people in a room, and you talk about your favorite band, there might be 99 who totally agree with you, but there will always be that one person who thinks your favorite band sucks… or better yet your bike sucks…and that’s OK.
That’s the best part about being a creative person, you think like no one else. Therefore, you don’t create like them…BE YOURSELF EVERYONE ELSE IS TAKEN. I believe that if you create from the heart through whatever capacity you have and you’re true to yourself, you can’t go wrong… After all, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Speaking of beauty, I recently picked up a Softail project that some would look at and say ‘’What a P.O.S”. And once again, I will say, you see that now, and I see something that, in the end, will be totally different and beautiful. Yes, it will take a hell of a lot of time and patience but it’s there…I can see it. Tthat’s what I love about the creative part of this; it has the possibilities to go in a hundred different directions. My producer used to say to me all the time “You gotta trust in the process”. And when it comes to bikes, I try to remind myself of that as much as possible. I’m so excited about the coming year. There’s a lot happening with Sons of Speed: there will be two more races added in Tallahassee and Virginia and Velocity will be airing its first two episodes that are now available on Motortrendondemand. com. So, keep, your eyes peeled for that. And who know what I might come up with during 2019… Well my friends until next time, be kind.