RKB Kustom’s Solomon Special races to PRI Show
Words & Photos: John Gunnell
Rick Bray’s Solomon Special was on exhibit at the PRI Show, Dec. 9-12 in Indianapolis, Ind. This is the bike that won J&P Cycles November 2014 “Ultimate Builder” honors at the San Mateo, Calif. motorcycle show, and it also took the “Artistry in Iron” Championship at Las Vegas Bikefest a few months before that.
At San Mateo, Bray—the operator of RKB Kustom Speed (https://www.facebook.com/rick.bray.712) in Livermore, Calif.—took home a $2,000 check and a nino 925 skull ring as his winnings.
Rick and Randall—along with welder and machinist Rob Solomon and fabricator Dave Hill—work their magic in a 60 x 40-foot metal shop building on Dave Hill’s property near Livermore. The shop is loaded with antique tools, a mill, drill presses, welders and other metal-working and fabrication equipment.
The well-proportioned bike has a fenderless front end and a silver, chrome and black appearance. Kool Hand Luke of Fresno, Calif., handled the paint job. The bike’s color scheme gives it a jewel-like appearance.
The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder competition includes three broad classes: FreeStyle (anything goes), Retro MOD (anything goes for bike built before 1984) and MOD Custom (bikes with stock frames and engine cases).
"We had outstanding bikes that pushed the envelope of design and beauty," said Jeffrey Najar, one of the managers of the San Mateo event. In designing and building Rob Solomon’s namesake bike, RKB Kustom Speed pushed that envelope to the max.