Lock Baker is a nerd. But like the coolest nerd you’ll ever meet. Not in any derogatory sense; he’s the type of nerd who makes you wish you paid more attention in school. He’s the guy who made it—who turned his tutelage into something tangible that would ultimately carve out his predestined career path. Me? I’m pretty much a hack who followed the path of least resistance because I’m tragically lazy and I like riding motorcycles. But such is life.
When carrying on a conversation with Baker, it’s as if he’s on some higher level of consciousness. Like he’s one step away from total enlightenment, almost as if he’s a zen master. He carries himself with poise, and it’s clear that his demeanor is one of humility and grace. I feel like a complete moron when talking with this knifemaker, metalshaper, bike builder, and extremely righteous dude.
All of which explains “Red Asphalt,” the Motus-based custom he conjured out of his gray matter for last year’s Hot Bike Tour. Making a machine this ambitious takes most of the skill set listed above. Lock may not have called upon his bladesmithing abilities for Red Asphalt, but if the plan had called for a bayonet on it, he’d have knocked that out too.
Starting with a 100-inch Motus V-4 as a headliner, Baker wrapped it in his own skeleton, to which he mixed in a melting pot of stock and custom parts from a variety of sources to really make this machine his own animal.
Just check out the wheels and brakes equation and you’ll see what I mean. BST wheels bracket the Eastern Fabrications frame at either end. Both use Brembo calipers for stopping power but the front rotor came from a Hayabusa. For you kids keeping score at home, that’s aftermarket wheels and calipers, a custom frame, and a touch of sportbike. Talk about fusion cuisine!
What little bodywork there is on Red Asphalt is also Lock Baker’s work, as are the handlebars and seat. Brembo hand controls cap said bars, while at foot level control duty falls to a set of parts that are a combo of Lock’s fabrication and Brembo pieces.
“The idea going in was the exact same goal as every other bike,” Lock says, “build Lock Baker’s perfect motorcycle. The parameters I have always contained myself within are A; reliability B; a high percentage of handmade, original parts C; Designs that are not trendy, and D; hide nothing.” I’d say he hit the mark on almost all of those; that whole perfect motorcycle idea tends to only last until the next perfect motorcycle.
|Shop Phone||(203) 450-3846|
|Year/Make/Model||2018 Efab custom build “Red Asphalt”|
|Build Time||Two years|
|Year/Type/Size||2018 Motus MSTR 100ci V-4|
|Rocker Boxes||Shane McMullen|
|Air Cleaner||Eastern Fabrications|
|Year/Type||2018 Motus 6-speed|
|Year/Type||2018 Eastern Fabrications|
|Triple Trees||Eastern Fabrications/Ryan Boyd|
|Wheels, Tires, and Brakes|
|Paint/Graphics||Cerakote by Dunham Metal Processing|
|Rear Fender||Eastern Fabrications|
|Gas Tank||Eastern Fabrications|
|Gauges||Trail Tech and Motogadget|
|Foot Controls||Eastern Fabrications/Brembo|
|License Mount||Eastern Fabrications|