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decembrie 3, 2011, Author: Ciprian, Leave a comment

LC Fabrications | Jeremy Cupp & the sense of a job well done

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This is the story of Jeremy Cupp, the man who wouldn’t forget the way things were done in the past, addicted to the satisfaction brought by working with your own two hands and who’s philosophy of life, kept things rolling from the back of a machine shop in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to the international custom bike building stage!

“… its 4:30 a.m. here and I’m still awake…guess I’m feeling a little deep today… but my point is, that’s what inspired me, and this generation needs someone to inspire them and so on … it’s really an important job we have!”

As you probably got used to it by now, instead of a classic interview with question and answers, I prefer to let the man speak his mind, tell us in his own words what motivates him to do what he’s doing, what gets him out of the bed each morning, his personal view on things, his inspiration and aspirations.

The begginings

Jeremy Cupp is the heir of a long line of welders and fabricators, this may explain why he always had the feeling “that this is what a man should do”.

“I started LC fab mainly because my love of motorcycles and anything with wheels was consuming so much of my time and resources, that I needed a way to make my obsession pay for itself, so i added a line of products for sale and have been moving forward ever since…I suppose I’ve been very blessed as my “hobby” has now taken me from the back of a machine shop in the Blue ridge mountains of VA, to the World Championship, Artistry in Iron, Easyriders national, as well as over 20 international print magazine features.”

Now I would say too that things worked out pretty well for Jeremy and he is fortunate enough as his hobby now pays for itself. This is a dream that most custom enthusiasts still dream!

As Jeremy says, it’s not about the money, it’s about being able to do what you love and make a living out of it.

“My inspiration for my bikes and my business is a bit different from the way the world seems to operate, I’m not interested in making alot of money, but would rather spend my days working at something I love to do, be able to support my family doing it, and possibly be able to give some others a job that they need to support theirs!”

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The muse

“I get alot of inspiration from early industrial era tools, machines, automobiles etc. To be honest my favorite piece is my wifes 1910 Singer sewing machine, it is inspiring to see how its flawless function blends perfectly into its artistic beauty, you can see each detail and how it was made, a mans labor and his art were at one time as important as his dollar, and i think that is something we need to pass on to another generation. Hopefully in 75 years someone will find one of my bikes and be inspired to learn the skills to reproduce such a thing…people have become disconnected from reality through the false world they’ve created….living and driving in a false environment, eating imitation food, letting an imitation family on television raise their children….all these things lead to too much dependancy…folks need to learn how to take care of themselves, fix your own car, sew your own shirts, kill and cook your own food and make your own things….feel the icy wind in your face,the hot sparks on your arms,the cuts on your hands…”

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The bikes

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BIRMINGHAM BEE – LINER

“This project originally planned to be a simple rigid wet frame daily rider, but what you see here is the end result, the Birmingham Bee-Liner. Shane Ramey approached Jeremy Cupp of LC Fabrications for his help on building a hard tail section of the frame. Once we got the bike to the shop, we began to discuss some other ideas and decided to make it a full on build.”

“The Bee-liner was the AMD 2009 World Championship 14th place Freestyle winner and the Smoke Out 10 winner.”

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BONNIE

“This project, affectionately called Bonnie (how original), really started out as a good deal on a Maryland Salvage bike I bought with the sole intention of fixing for resale.”

 

“Really, looking back this is really what I needed, a real breath of fresh air. I’m learning that sometimes when you get too serious about what you’re doing, it’s easy to lose sight of what you’re doing, and that’s simply creating a machine for the love of doing it.”

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OUTCAST

“I decided I wanted to build a bike according to my principle on what it truly meant to build, not bolt, something together”

“In the end, I felt like I had stayed true to my purpose. I think the coolest part of this bike came from a lack of three things: money, experience, and the proper equipment. Only then are you forced to be creative and just try to see if it works.”

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PANSTER

“I suppose the Panster started out after an evening of hanging out at the shop of Tom Stevens, a friend of mine and local Sportster guru. I went to Tom for some technical advice on building and Ironhead and somewhere in our conversation he mentioned Ron Trock and told me about the infamous Shovster.”

“The Panster was a chore to build, but a blast to ride, definitely my favorite bike I’ve ever owned. Thanks to Tom Stevens and Ron Trock for helping me get the oil circulating, but most importantly my wife, for putting up with my bitchin’ when things went wrong!”

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TT DELUXE

“I suppose this bike started about a year ago when I saw one of the scramblers on eBay. There was just something that drew me to that bike like a cop to a doughnut.”

“A lot of headaches, but I now have some pretty clean wiring that only uses what I need – no horn, no dimmer, no emissions, no safety crap, just good old spark, charging, and lights.”

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CHICKEN SALAD

“Late last summer, the shop was in kind of a dead spot, we had alot of big ideas of what to do for a winter project including a salt flat racer and going back to AMD. Unfortunately it all hinged on selling our beloved Panster. We try to keep our personal projects separate from our parts business, so the creation of a new bike is always dependent on the sale of another one. Meanwhile, on the other side of town our good friend Bruce Walker Jr. (of beerhaulers.com) had his own story to tell. Bruce is “that guy”, you know the one who is so cool the temperature drops 10 degrees when he walks in the room, the one with the big black trucks , sweet little roadsters, and all the fine women. Bruce had picked up this ’79 XS650 from one of his drivers for cheap. This bike was near mint condition with only 11K on the 31 year old odometer. One late night filled with good ideas, Bruce did a nice sawzall induced hack job on the frame, that is where the bike sat for over a year.”

“In the end I decided to name the bike Chicken Salad, a good explanation of what I thought I was starting out with versus what I was able to transform it into.”

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“… the sense of a job well done, not fame and fortune, that is the true reward.”

Jeremy Cupp

LC Fabrications

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