“Gold Rush” Custom V-Twin Bobber

When we learned that we would be attending and exhibiting again at AIMExpo 2022 in Las Vegas, we immediately started thinking about what we could put in our booth. The conversation quickly turned to a custom motorcycle, and our very own Jacqui Van Ham had just the guy.

Vegas local Mike Rabideau built “Gold Rush” about 10 years ago, but his custom V-twin looked brand new to us when we saw it on the AIMExpo show floor. Rabideau has his own shop, called Majik Mike’s Designs, where he produces jaw-dropping vintage Harleys for customers. Located just a mile north of the Vegas Strip, it has amassed a following of loyal customers and enthusiasts who are just waiting to see its next build. Gold Rush was one of his first.

When it comes to custom motorcycle builds, there are very few criteria that a builder must follow in order to separate it from the rest. However, few custom bikes are able to truly stand out from the crowd. An even bigger task is to build an eye-catching custom bike that can still be used regularly as a driver or daily cruiser.

“I probably got the most miles on this bike of any bike I have,” says Rabideau. “It’s just a little short bobber bike with a little tank, obviously we’re not going to cross the country with this thing. You just ride around town and for Vegas, these bikes aren’t very well known in town, so when the one This one shows up, it grabs attention. It’s definitely one of my favorites, and it shows off my style.

Powering the bike is a Total Performance Engineering 124 cubic-inch V-twin engine paired with an open belt drive and custom piping done by Rabideau. With such a big engine, Rabideau says the rest of the bike was basically tailored around it.

A gooseneck front end gives the bike its signature look, adding 2.5 inches up front and allowing for 19 inches. front wheel and a smaller 16 inch one. rear wheel.

Just before AIME, Rabideau finalized updates to the bike, including a new gas tank and fresh coat of paint.

“It’s basically a second take on the first paint job,” he says. “My friend Daron from Liquid Illusions made this for me, the gold foil is brand new and the extra gold band around the black is brand new.

“There is no front brake, but in addition, it is a standard gear change. When I have people coming into town, if they want to borrow a bike, that’s the one I’ll let them borrow because most of my bikes are foot-clutch and hand-lever, which is a Bit tricky for some people.

Next time you’re in Las Vegas, be sure to look for “Gold Rush” near the Strip, because you might see Rabideau (or a friend) passing by.

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