PSI custom bike build goes to charity
Students at the PowerSport Institute, a branch campus of Ohio Technical College (OTC), recently teamed up on a custom bike build that helped make the holidays better for an untold amount of people.
Students in the American V-Twin Program, led by IMBBA Master Builder and director of the program, Ron Radeke, built the bike for a raffle to benefit City Mission in Cleveland. The raffle will be held in March, with details at www.thecitymission.org.
Industry companies stepped up in a big way to make the project possible. The frame was manufactured by Paul York at Thompson Choppers in Springfield, Mo. The donor bike, on which the foundation of the build started, was provided by Geico Insurance Co. The exhaust system was donated by PSI’s Cleveland neighbor, SuperTrapp Exhaust, and Sherwin Williams donated the paint. ACCEL Motorcycle Products donated several electronic components, and Roger Newsome of Newsome & Works Metallizing in Akron assisted the project in a time of need with media blasting and prep work on the frame and related components. J&P Cycles provided many aftermarket parts. Students did all fabricating and painting at PSI under the guidance of staff. PSI instructor and IMBBA member Bill Zepp took the build lead to mentor the students.