A Complete Fabrication: Chopper shop building police themed motorcycle
News from Freeport Journal-Standard:

Todd Workinger has a passion for building custom motorcycles. Fabrication, paint jobs, and frames are all just part of the work that takes place at Stephenson County Choppers every day.

“I believe that fabrication tells a lot about who you are,” said Workinger, co-owner of Stephenson County Choppers. “People don’t realize how long it takes to truly build something.”

Workinger, who has been working on motorcycles for over 20 years, has had the bike portion of his shop at 18 W. Spring Street open for about a month and a half.

“We enjoy it most when someone rides in and lets us work on their bike,” said Workinger. “We can do everything here. There aren’t too many other guys around who do anything and everything they are asked. Most of what they do is insurance work. Anybody can build a chopper that you buy and put together. Not just anyone can build frames and fabricate.”

Two-wheel expansion

In a shop that also works on cars and does detailing, the motorcycle aspect of the business is fairly new.

“After I made a black cherry custom bike last year, I thought to myself ‘we might be onto something here,’” said Workinger. “We’re trying to run this business here not as a ‘ma and pa’ shop but run it where the business itself is the business. I want people to go to a bike show and say ‘oh, Stephenson County Choppers buil…………… continues on Freeport Journal-Standard

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Ride will promote motorcycle safety
News from Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier:

CEDAR FALLS — A memorial poker run aims to promote motorcycle safety and awareness May 19.

Ride Safe Poker Run is organized by Marie Walters of Parkersburg. Her husband, Kris, 30, was killed when a van driving into the sun turned in front of him April 12, 2011.

“It’s an accident like this that can be prevented if drivers are more cautious and look twice,” said Marie Walters’ neighbor, Adrian Bernard.

The ride begins at 11:30 a.m. at The Wild Hare American Bar & Grill, 2512 Whitetail Drive, Suite 400, in Cedar Falls, and continues to Legend Trail in Parkersburg, The Fainting Goat in Waverly and Screaming Eagle American Bar & Grill in Waterloo. In Parkersburg, riders will visit Kris’ gravesite.

Nonriders also are invited to the final stop at Slice Ultra Shed in Dike, which will feature the band Illegal Smile with no cover charge, cheerleader bike wash, burnout pit, bike contest, raffle, $ 15 T-shirts and food and drink specials. Riders are scheduled to arrive around 4:30 p.m.

Registration is $ 15 per bike before May 16 or $ 20 the day of the ride beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Wild Hare. Those who sign up late are not guaranteed a free goodie bag and memorial flag. Forms are available at each stop, as well as McVay Custom Motorcycles in Cedar Falls, Silver Eagle Harley-Davidson/Buell in Waterloo, Brothers Market…………… continues on Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

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