CruiserCustomizing's Featured Member!  


This month's featured member is:
Trent Reker (aka: Doktoreker)

Doktoreker rides a 2002 Honda VTX1800 that he calls "Dragula." It is his fourth bike.
When he started riding at 18
, he began a summer job in Yellowstone Park and bought a '78 Honda CBX500 with a windjammer, stereo, cruise control, crash bars, fog lights and highway pegs to better enjoy the country from Livingston, Montana to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He later took it to Los Angeles where, one year to the day after arriving, he ran into a woman turning left in an intersection at 50 mph. The accident fractured his skull (pre-helmet law), his left arm and cost him 4.5 pints of blood that placed him in a coma. It was shortly after waking, while he slowly learned to speak again, that he realized what life is worth and that God is pretty cool.
After eight years, he bought his second bike, a black '81Honda CB750 Super Sport that he tricked out with kerker exhaust, 27" wide drag bars with low-profile mirrors off the ends, chopped turn signals and a cafe-racer style fairing and seat.
His third bike was a black '99 Honda Shadow Ace that he kept stock except for the 33" drag handlebars.
Then came Dragula. When Doktoreker received his VTX in June, 2001, he began to extensively customize her with 33" drag bars, Arlen Ness grips and Stealth mirrors, Honda chin spoiler and headlight racer cowl, Metzeler 200-wide tire in the rear, a Metz in the front, Progressive fork springs and smooth chrome resovoir covers. He has added a Roadhouse Shorty slip-on with PC3 and is now designing a custom drag-style chopper with a VTX 1800cc powerplant to cut off dozens of pounds off the stock VTX design.

In 1999, he created a motorcycle club, SHAKE, which he started when he bought his Shadow for internet creatives who ride. The club metamorphisized into a club of American-made v-twin riders whose careers range from tattoo art to film. When Trent moved from SF to Houston, Texas, he disbanded Shake and used the name and url for the custom bike company that he hopes will design and build custom metricas well as "American" cruisers. Go check it out, it's definitely "Shaken!"
Additionally, his digital design company, IDEOGRAFIX, has consulted with and/or created the identity for bike-related organizations from Iconoclast to Cyclebytel and his friends here at Crusier Customizing.
Besides being a biker, Trent is an art director, designer, musician and writer. He just completed the final edit of his novel, "untitled book for the masses #1," where he anthropomorhizes the first five Hebrew letters of genesis into a rock band that correctly pronounces the name of God. His other interests range from quantum theory, the Kabbalah, the Chinese I Ching, tattoo art, painting and classic pinup art. Trent has an honorary Doctorate in Metaphysics, along with a Bachelor's in Creative Writing and an Associate's in Sound Engineering.

Now in Houston
, Doktoreker is riding every day and living his life with as many miles under Dragula's wheels as there are minutes in a week. Well, by autumn's end, anyway...