Tinkering with his own motorcycle and adding custom and performance parts led Dwayne Faulkner's friends to ask him to work on their bikes. That was all Mr. Faulkner needed to kick start a new career after working as a machinist at Southern Machine and Tool Co. for 3 years.
Mr. Faulkner decided to invest his 401(k) into a custom motorcycle business. Four years later, with three employees, he sells custom bikes all across the Southeast from his Chopper Works Cycles.
The finished product is what Mr. Faulkner says he likes the most. Seeing everything come together to form a one-of-a-kind custom cycle.
The average project, Mr. Faulkner says, takes him and his crew a little more than a month to complete, but one job he says he will never forget took six months.
"Pretty much from the ground up, it was all hand fabrication. It was one of those projects you thought you would never finish. I hope I never see it again."
Custom choppers have become more popular in recent years, partly because of a variety of television shows such as Orange County Choppers on The Discovery Channel.
"There's a lot of everyday people getting into it, especially women.
"These days your average homemaker will drive by and see a motorcycle and be interested."