Motorcycle customizer rides high
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No one seems more surprised by the recent success of his motorcycle customizing business than Adrian Intgroen.

The owner of Houston Retro Bobbers, Intgroen and his team recently were featured on the cable TV reality show “#BikerLive.”

The show, which aired live May 26 on the Discovery Channel, featured three Texas shops competing to see which could create the best custom motorcycle over five weeks, using $ 15,000.

While Intgroen’s team came in second, he said he’s proud of the finished product.

“I still feel like we won,” he said. “I’m not being bigheaded, but go to any bike show and let people see the bikes in person, and I know our bike would win.”

Intgroen, 35, admits the road to this point has been anything but straight for him. Fatherless at age 8, a high school dropout at 17, he floated between jobs and ultimately trained to be a welder. He also rehabbed an old Honda motorcycle in 2010 and ended up getting hooked on the hobby.

But a bad decision in his early 30s interrupted that and landed him in prison, Intgroen said.

“I messed up and gave steroids to a buddy,” he said. “That was the turning point for me, because I never would have gone into this business if that didn’t happen.”

After serving a six-month sentence, Intgroen took up motorcycle customizing in earnest. As opposed to a Harley-Davidson, whose own…………… continues on Houston Chronicle

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