Words by Sean Murphy
It took about a year and change for Freako Suave to really become something, but it did. It started as an idea after the DR entered the garage as the first motorcycle to call it home. It got us thinking about what we wanted to do, which was something that we could build for ourselves and have fun doing.
We couldn’t stop ourselves, we needed more cycles. It was an itch that had to be scratched. We hopped on Craigslist and found some old, cheap 2 stroke dirt bikes that really began to get things moving. This led to Shea doing a wheelie that blew a piston on a ‘71 CT1 and turned into our first top end rebuild. We also picked up an old Suzuki DS and Jacob managed to eat a hole in the gas tank with paint stripper. Things began to move really fast. The Goon Bike found its way in. Stripped of its lights, blinkers, license plate, and mirrors, it gained a welded on pirate flag and became a neighborhood terror. We couldn’t stop. We had to have more. We had to go faster. That’s when everything started to change.
The first Harley rolled into the garage. Picked up from Road Dog Cycle in Denair, California, Shea’s 1990 Sportster 1200 showed us what actual power felt like. It was time to get bigger, faster bikes that could take us further. Next in line was the Yamaha Maxim 700 and XS 1100. They were beat up and needed a little work, and they still do.
Then it was chopper time. The ‘75 CB 750 Super Sport chopper came in as the first rigid frame cycle into the garage. Sean needed to give it a little love to get it going right, but the 9ft long 70’s super cycle eventually got dialed and ready to roll.
After we got a little bit of muscle, we needed to make sure we were still haulin’ ass. The ‘79 Yamaha IT came up all the way from San Clemente. Maybe it didn’t start first, second, or even third kick, but it proved to be a good machine and Sean brought home a checkered flag at the Moto Bay Classic on it.
It was only a short time after that the real beast came in. With hand cut pipes, an exposed 3 inch primary, and a loud desire to hit the road and fuck shit up, Shea’s ‘71 Cone Shovel became the meanest bike in the garage. It’s high volume and high risk, but with one lady’s lucky touch, it fired up straight away.
When you have only two choppers in the garage, you’re going to have to get a third one. That was when Papito came into our lives. A bike that was built for the Dirtbag Challenge, it quickly proved to be the most reliable. Papito is a 1987 Suzuki Savage 650. It is the only single cylinder chopper in the garage, and judging by the way Jacob rips it around, it doubles as a sport bike.
We knew we had to do something, something to continue to build and show the world what the most average cycle people were up to.
Freako began to come together.