What started as a dream and a couple of pieces of steel tubing is now a strikingly beautiful trike and the brainchild of a young and promising builder, Matt Ruthig. Some people possess a natural inclination for mechanics, but Matt takes it one step further and is truly a gifted mechanical artist. Looking at his creation, you would think he has been at this for years, but the reality that this is his first solo build is almost unbelievable. A diesel mechanic by trade, Matt began work in December of 2008 and worked on the trike whenever time allowed. This usually meant very long days, and most weekends were spent in the shop which is based in Odessa, Fl. With the support of friends, family, and business associates alike, the trike was completed in October of 2009. The fact that Matt is so young and was invited to The Florida Motorcycle Expo and Bike Builders Invitational is truly a testament to his talent and skill.
It is important to point out that what exactly is meant when it is said that Matt built this trike from the ground, up. If you watch certain TV shows about building custom motorcycles, you will see the “builders” order a frame and all the major components, proceed to assemble them and call it a “hand built” custom. This is not the case with The Gateway Trike. The frame, the tank, and fenders are all steel and were hand fabricated or modified by Matt in a tiny shop no bigger than the average two car garage. Every aspect of the build was carefully planned and executed with startling precision. Matt is following in the footsteps of the great builders by doing his own fabrication with painstaking attention to every detail.