Krazy Horse reveals its one-off Indian Sport Chief RAGE custom motorcycle
Famed bike builders, Krazy Horse, has unveiled ‘RAGE’, a custom Indian Sport Chief, which has been built for Richard Jones, bassist for the Welsh rock band, The Stereophonics. The bike has been built using design elements from Jones himself, traditional fabrication methods for a more British look and performance modifications suitable for the British roads and riding style.
Krazy Horse, a long-time partner of Indian Motorcycle, has been building custom motorcycles for 28 years, working with trusted collaborators to build some of the finest custom Indian Motorcycles in the world. As part of the concept of the ‘RAGE’ build, the team were keen to use traditional methods where they could, including hand sand-cast detail elements that linked to the personal history of Richard Jones and a nod to the recent ‘Forged’ series of Sport Chief builds in the US.
Jones, a founding member of The Stereophonics, grew up in a traditional mining village in South Wales and followed his father into the steelworks before hitting the big time in music. Having started riding as early as 11, motorcycles have always been a part of Jones’ life, as have tattoos, a design element that has created a personal link to the build.
“It’s one of my passions, being on the bike. It takes me to a totally different place,” said Jones. “Paul asked if I had any imagery that they could use in the bike design. And it instantly came to me, I have tattoo designs on my plectrums for every tour we do and I selected an Ace of Spades design death card. It was really great to find out that this design would be traditionally hand sand cast and that I’d get to see this happen. For me, being at the foundry took me way back to when I was a teenager because I used to work in the steelworks in South Wales. It’s quite inspiring knowing that people still have these traditional techniques and working with Paul and his team has been brilliant.”
Adrian Smith of Buckland Automotive Engineering was commissioned to make a one-off belly pan, with three swages that tie into the triple LED lights in the headlight. OJZ Engineering brought their traditional specialist tube manipulation and fabrication skills to build a bespoke 2 into 1 performance exhaust with a traditional megaphone style. The bike was then finished with quality control parts from Wunderkind, an elegant paint scheme from Pageant Paint and the Rich Jones Ace of Spades design painted on the saddle by BamBam.
‘RAGE’ stands out as a uniquely British interpretation of the Indian Sport Chief and again highlights Indian’s focus on customisation.