When 9/11 happened, it was maybe the second year of my father and I making motorcycles. I was at the steel shop when I heard the news over the radio, and I remember thinking, How horrible is that — some small plane must have gotten off course and hit the towers. I’d been in the towers before, and I was feeling terrible that people there might have gotten hurt. Of course, once the second plane hit, we all realized what was really going on. I went home and I was wiped out for days.
So the 9/11 Memorial Bike was meaningful and moving to me — probably the most meaningful bike I’ve ever done. It was a great, great honor to build it, and it’s appropriate that this was my last unveil on American Chopper.