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Jim and the AFT Modeling Ladies’ Hot New Build

     Jim Giuffra and AFT Customs have long been a force to be reckoned with in the Metric World of bike building.  His award winning Er Hed, LowLA, and Credere are just some of the amazingly visionary builds to come of of his shop.

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     Born and raised in Amador County, CA, he was originally inspired by his father.  Jim got his start in Spinetti’s Bike shop in Jackson, CA in 1977 at age 17. At the time, Spinetti’s was one of the largest multiline dealers in the nation and Jim started out at the bottom, straightening up the place and doing minor repairs here and there while working on customizations in his spare time.  This was only the beginning of his "formal" education as he had been riding motorcycles since he was six years old and also raced Motocross.  Along the way, Jim has also been factory trained by Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha.

     Since these humble beginnings, Jim’s vision then and to this day remains to be a leader in Metric motorcycle customization.  His hard work and determination have paid off in numerous awards, magazine covers, and in-depth build articles.  Other builders’ styles and designs he appreciates are Roger Goldammer, Michael Prugh, Satya Kraus, Brian Schimke and Cole Foster.  Often times you can find Jim’s builds along side theirs at shows such as the L.A. Calendar Motorcycle Show, AMD World Championships, Rat’s Hole, Vegas Bikefest, Sacramento Easyriders, Arlen Ness Bike Show and Black Oak Casino.   Jim’s vision also encompasses a "far view".  He builds bikes that will be popular five years from now, not bikes that were popular five years ago.  He sets trends in the Metric arena with his high quality, labor intensive builds due to his dedication to "fit and finish".  Keeping his motto of "average isn’t good enough" foremost in his mind, Jim has used this to expand his customs group to include a modeling agency.

     No other industry has a modeling agency that helps build its products.  Jim’s shop  was the first to introduce many component designs in the motorcycle industry and he has instructed his model protégés in this strict adherence to quality and technique.  They are amazing women and are truly dedicated to learning how to build world class custom Metric motorcycles.  Many of them are certified welders and when they are contracted out to promote a product, service or business, their intelligence, good work ethic, sense of humor, strong family values and family support system enable them to not only walk the walk, but talk the talk, too.  This was reflected in their first build, LowLA, taking top Metric honors at the 2009 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show when it debuted.

     With their first build under their collective belt, these ladies are hard at work on the next one.  Taking a page out of Jim’s book, they are building something truly unique and visionary and it will be ridden at the Bonneville BUB Speed Trials!  Not satisfied with just looking good, this bike, which started out as a 2002 Honda VT750 will be entirely modified with the exception of rake and will be ridden by two of the models, Sukhee and Shelby, at the Speed Trials.  Named "Kemosabe", we have pictures of the build as it progresses and the ladies who are building it.


Kemosabe Build - April  2010

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Sara with bike before tear down

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Time to dismantle

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Jim and Sara with the partially tore down bike

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Katy at work

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Cyndi focusing on her task

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Melanie on the job

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These ladies know their way around welding

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Katy and Melanie work at the build taking shape

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Miller Welders Rep. with the ladies

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Miller Welders is one of AFT’s sponsors

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Shelby’s checking the spokes

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Shapin’ up

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Lookin’ good!!

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Let a lady work!

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Katy checks the fit...

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Excellent work

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Coming together...

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     This is just the beginning of the build...look for future updates...meanwhile here are Kemosabe’s specs for the end of the build:

Bike Name:  Kemosabe
Brand Name:  Honda
Year:  2002
Transmission:  Honda - Stock
Motor:  Honda VT 750
Exhaust:  AFT Customs
Fork:  Showa Honda (lowered 2” - stiffer)
Accessories:

  • Bars:  Not until bike is released
  • Grips:  Avon
  • Mirrors:  CRG
  • Headlight:  AFT Customs
  • Taillight:  TPJ Customs
  • Fenders:  Led Sled
  • Seat:  Duane Ballard
  • Electrics:  Honda/AFT Customs/Grip Ace

Fabrication/Assembly (where):  AFT Customs, Jackson, CA
Build Time:  500 Hours
Paint/Graphics:  Todd Evans
Color/Graphics Description:  Not until bike is released
Carburetion: Twin Carb Keihin
Frame Type:  Honda Twin Shock
Front Wheel:  Avon Distanzia with stock spoke
Front Brake:  Stock Caliper with custom oversize Lyndall Racing rotor
Rear Wheel:  Avon Distanzia with Honda spoke
Rear Brake:  Stock drum - Custom "stay", drilled backing plate
Other:

  • Fuel Tank:  AFT Customs
  • Hidden Radiator:  AFT Customs
  • Engine Top End Performance Kit:  AFT Customs
  • Polished/Ported Heads:  Bozzie Customs
  • Handle Bar Switches:  Grip Ace

     Everything on this bike is a one-off piece or it has been modified in some way (other than the aforementioned rake) and Jim would like to recognize his sponsors:  Miller Welders, Avon Tyre, Avon Grips, All Balls Racing, Motion Pro, Lyndall Racing Brakes, Works Connection, Bozzie Customs, Kingup, Alloy Art, JE Pistons and WebCam.

     For further background and articles on AFT Customs, check out BikerHotline builder profiles:

2007 AFT Builder Profile
ER HED Builder Profile
LowLA Builder Profile



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