Strider Bikes (United States) - Motorcycle Missions is a non-profit that helps veterans and first responders with PTSD find hope and healing through motorcycle therapy – and encourages them to pursue motorcycling as a career. Started by Krystal Hess, who found that motorcycling helped her through her own journey with PTSD, Krystal now helps many vets learn the basics of wrenching and riding.
These builders of this custom Strider are alumni from prior Motorcycle Missions teams – SSGT Daniel McMicheal, Josh Reaves, Mathew Isaac Webb, and Joe E Lowrey, along with mentor, builder, and fabricator Chris Moos of Mooscraft, and Krystal, of course. The group got together at MoosCraft to work on the project.
According to Moos, the initial design concept was to produce a “Dyna-bro Strider.” The crew completely tore down the little bike to its individual components and cut all unnecessary pieces from the frame. They used a gold Legends shock, which set the color scheme, then they determined the new ride height and angle of the swing arm. One crew member decided it would be great to mount the shock in the same fashion as the Indian Scout that Krystal rides.
The crew created the pivot point at the bottom of the frame, utilizing a set of front forks cut in half. A little miscommunication led to an error in cutting the forks – just like in a real motorcycle build. Who hasn’t run into some issues? Things never go 100% as planned!
The guys got busy making spacers on the lathe, cutting brackets on the plasma table, and forming parts on the press brake, finally, TIG welding the newly created parts together. They swapped the stock handlebars, installing a BMX-style set. A really unique addition is the levers. Although they don’t actually control anything, Moos notes they are a tactile addition so kids can pretend they work – and good prep if they transition to motor-driven bikes! The levers are spring-loaded and return just like motorcycle levers do, and they add to the BMX feel of the bike.
They powdercoated the whole bike black, adding gold accents – from the Motorcycle Missions logo across the frame, to the gold metalflake grips and the gold metalflake seat. They then shipped it to the Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, just in time for the Flying Piston Breakfast!