Score a point for my wife, who expressed her preference for the steampunk-esque wackiness of a custom bike from NASA engineer Alfredo Juarez in Indian’s “The Wrench” build off.
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Juarez’s bike was announced this weekend as the competition’s overall winner, picking up a US $10,000 prize and a feature in Hot Bike magazine. A public vote gave Juarez the nod over two other competitors – all three having been selected to transform a Scout Bobber. I had preferred the cafe racer build by Ohio’s PJ Grakauskas, whereas Jenn said she liked Juarez’s work more.
Juarez’s bare-bones chopper, featuring a completely custom hardtail frame, drew inspiration from a number of different mechanical works of art, both in and out of the motorcycle industry. Juarez sites the Indian Scout FTR1200 Custom, RSD Indian Scout custom builds, and David Beckham’s garage company, Knuckle, as inspiration.
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“I cannot thank Indian Motorcycle enough for the opportunity,” Juarez said. “Not only was this a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but the three-month build period created an incredible bonding experience for me and my family. And of course, thanks to all the fans who took the time to cast their vote. I know it wasn’t easy to pick one because the other two bikes are incredible.”
The awkwardly named “The Wrench: Scout Bobber Build Off” began severe months ago with some 100 submissions that were narrowed down to a group of 12 to be put up for public vote. Out of those, three were given a bike and a budget to make their vision a reality, the bikes then being displayed during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally earlier this month.
All three bikes will now tour a variety of US motorcycle shows and events with Indian Motorcycle for the remainder of the year and into 2019. At the conclusion of the tour, each bike will be returned to the builder.