Article By: Xavier Muriel
Originally Published In The Feb/March 2021 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine
Greetings, my fellow moto aficionados. As I write this, we are closing out an “interesting” 2020, and soon we’ll be ringing in 2021. I’m sure, like me, many of you are more than ready for it. It not that I think we are in a hurry, but more so we can all put the past behind us and look forward to what the future might hold. I’m looking forward to it with great anticipation. A sage man once told me, “You must understand adversity, to truly know success.” I believe that holds true in all of life’s mysteries. There’s so much to be excited about in this industry. There’s an entire foundation waiting to be built upon by those who truly know and feel this thing we call the “motorcycle way of life.” And the rest will, as it always happens in any industry, find its own way out.
Ok, enough soapbox crap, let’s get to the meat of things. I was recently invited to the “Wheels of Steel’’ show in Lakeland, FL, put on by Jason Hallman of Cycle Stop USA. Considering that the show was in December and in the middle of a pandemic, there was a great turn out. It was fantastic to see that it managed to pull in some outstanding builders and vendors. It was a true testament to the world that “We will not go away.” No matter what, we will support our industry and our friends in the moto family. Wheels of Steel was set inside a huge hall. There was an incredibly diverse pool of builders, and the food, and drink was flowing.
One of my personal favorite parts of the show was the tricycle track for the kiddies… and I may have even caught a few of Lakeland’s finest, giving the track a whirl! The show was hosted and emceed by none other than Jeff G. Holt of V-Twin Visionary, a grand time was had by all. While strolling Downtown Lakeland in the evening, looking for places to eat, I got to see how beautiful this community is. This was only a two-day event, and I can’t wait to return next year. My sincere hope is that 2021 will prove to be a much bigger year for all of us. Many thanks to Jason and all who were involved in making Wheels of Steel a success.
I traveled to the Wheels of Steel show in the new van that the High Seas Rally has graciously provided. With the new rig, I can take the High Seas Rally Dialysis Fund raffle bike on tour with me all across the country for the 2021 Rally Season. Since we’ve all missed so much time at rallies during the pandemic, you can bet your ass I will be bringing the build everywhere I possibly can to show, and to sell as many tickets for the foundation as possible.
I just started the final assembly of the HSR build. I always get so excited when I see the parts returning from chrome and powder coat; I’m like a giddy little kid again. My shop mate, Mark, made a comment when the mock-up was torn down to be sent out. He asked, “Doesn’t it bum you out that it takes so long to build, and only hours to tear down?” I never really thought about it until he said it, but then I remembered something a mentor once told me. “Be present in every moment of it; enjoy the process.” I try to live by those words every day. Some days it’s more difficult, but as long as I keep trying to improve on it, the more satisfaction I get when the next stage presents itself. I’m so grateful to have had so many friends be a part of this build. Not only is it special to my heart because of the HSR Dialysis Fund, but it’s a representation of the kindred spirit we share as motorcycle enthusiasts and riders. For those of you who want to follow along, I’ll be posting progress pics on my Instagram account @providencecycleworx.
Remember, where we take the motorcycle community is entirely up to us. The time is now to take it to a whole new level. The torch will be passed… Until next time my friends, as always be kind to yourself and to one another. God Bless.