Interview: Deyne ‘Sid’ Stocker of SIDS Speed Shop

| March 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s funny how things fall into place.  For weeks, as I’d driven down Riverdale Rd. in Ogden, my attention was pulled again and again toward this one building and I couldn’t explain why.  From the main road there were no obvious markings, or signs, or anything to explain what drew my attention.  Eventually I just went with it, and then didn’t pay it much mind.

So one day I get a post on my Facebook page from a guy talking about a Cafe he’s building out of a Harley Sportster, and needless to say I was intrigued.  So I looked up his address, and while on my lunch break headed over to see if I could take a look at this build in progress.

And son of a bitch if it wasn’t just the place!

SHOPFRONT

With the front parking full up, I had to pull around to the side and park next to the adjacent Mexican restaurant.  To reach the stairs to the front door I had to traverse a real shitty patch of ice.  Whatever my expectations were though, right as I entered I felt relaxed. The temperature was mild, all the colors were earthy muted tones, some low music wafted in from the shop area, and no blingy bullshit could be seen.

Lining the front of the shop, and wrapping into the back, was a bike collection that ranged from one extreme to the next; some Spartan bare bones builds mixed in with brilliant works of art. Nobody was out front, so I proceeded to follow some low voices into the back shop. Since I’ve gotten my tit in a ringer before walk’n into places that were off limits, I slowly made my way in.

I had no clue what this guy looked like, let alone if he’d give a shit who I was.  There was probably six guys in total working on various projects throughout the shop, but all the attention was focused toward this one individual.  After discussing a couple things with the guys near him, he looked up and asked me, “How you doing?”.  My introduction was, “Hey, I’m Ben from Utah Cafe Racer”, but the next thing that came out of my mouth surprised the shit out of me, “and I’d like to do an interview with you about your business and this Cafe build”.

WTF??  I’ve never done an interview with anyone, on anything!  But to my surprise he said, “Oh, hey man.  Yeah, that’d be cool.”

Well, hell yeah then!

Sid ( Dayne is his first name, pronounced DAIN) took me over to what was to become of a 1999 Harley Davidson 883 Sportster –

 

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  • 1200 big bore
  • Burly clubman bars
  • Burly suspension
  • Race Tech Gold Valves in front forks
  • CRF Supermoto rear wheel

cafe seat

  • CRF rear wheel lacel to CRF front hub
  • 1960’s Guero tank re-tunneled with fuel spout removed
  • Chainsikle rear sets and triple tree
  • Hand build pipe.
  • Custom paintwork provided by Time Warp Custom Paint

 

 

 

He was preparing this bike for the upcoming AutoRama, but it was also in part a sponsored project which included a couple special add-on’s.  A local gal had commissioned this build, and it wasn’t until I saw it in the light used for this picture that I noticed the feminine tones.

AutoRama has passed and the opportunity finally presented itself for the interview.  I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

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Utah Cafe Racer: Where are you from?
Dayne SID Stocker: Ogden Utah, born and raised.
UCR: Have you lived anywhere outside Utah?
SID: Phoenix, Arizona.
UCR: So motorcycles, where’d it all start for you?
SID: My dad’s been riding his whole life, and I got my first bike when I was two, and the way we were raised was if it was broke you fixed it or you don’t ride it. Even the lawnmower, if you wanted to get paid for doin’ your chores you fixed the lawnmower. I just grew up my whole life riding, and I’ve just been mechanically inclined my whole life. I opened a tattoo shop that was an epic failure, and my mom found out and was able to convince the Harley school to call me and say that I had a scholarship. So, I showed up at MMI ( Motorcycle Mechanics Institute ) and I had $500 in my pocket, and no place to live, and no scholarship.
UCR: Holy Shit!
SID: Yeah, but I just hung on and pushed through it dude, and I worked in a chopper shop for free in Tuscon. I’d drive from Phoenix to Tuscon, 110 miles each way, and I’d usually go 4 days a week, and whatever these dudes wanted; sweep floors, go get them lunch, whatever, I didn’t give a shit, and just worked for these guys and I learned more from those dudes in 3 days than I’d learn in 3 weeks from MMI. So, I’d go down there and they had an 83 year old man in a walker, Hippy Dan, who just walked around and he knew everything. You name it, he knew it about a Harley.
UCR: Wow!
SID: Yeah, so I’d just hang out with that dude and take him to lunch, bullshit with him, after the shop closed I’d taken him out for a beer and just pick the guy’s brain. I slowly got to the point where those dudes would let me build top ends, and eventually got to the point where they’d let me build a sissy bar here or there, and then by the time I left them I was building bikes by myself.  I graduated from MMI top of my class, director’s list, the whole jazz, and then came back up here.
UCR: Right on. So what is your current ride?
SID: 2003 Sportster and a Paco rigid frame.
UCR: And have you got a particular model that you prize above all others?
SID: Sportster. Swear by it.
UCR: Why?
SID: It’s the most reliable, unbeatable motor. Easy horsepower, unbeatable. You can beat the shit out of it dude. You can completely treat it horrible and it will never do you wrong. Nineteen ninety one, to two thousand three Sportster.
UCR: All right man. So, if money was no object what would you build?
SID: A one hundred and ten inch Sportster. So, one hundred and ten cubic inch S&S stroked motor in a dragged frame, or a V-Rod Destroyer.
UCR: Okay, so which events are you planning on attending this year?
SID: Born Free, Southern California. It’s an old school, traditional chopper show. Definitely some sport bike races, and of course the annual SIDS party?
UCR: Oh yeah? smiles
SID: Yeah man, every year. This year we’ll be doing it up in Morgan, Utah. I’ll be renting 10 acres of land that’ll have a bar and everything. It’ll be $10 a person to get in, with free camping; $1 a beer, and $10 for a t-shirt.
UCR: Fuck’n A!

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UCR: What trends do you see coming down the pipe?
SID: Cafe Racers are going to be the hot shit for the next two years.
UCR: Why?
SID: It had a phase, it was a cheap budget phase. A lot of guys trying to build a Cafe Racer, you know, under two grand. That phase has come and gone. The problem is, Utah is a little behind everyone else, so luckily we never actually had that phase. It came through other states, died, and now is coming back around hot. I think this year is going to be huge in the Cafe world. I think the bobber term is horrible, that’s what’s the bee’s knees right now.
UCR: Why do you say that term’s horrible?
SID: Because every asshole that has red rims and white walls and flat black paint thinks he has a bobber. You know, that’s not what a bobber is. By tradition it’s cheap, low budget, fast. But, you know, thanks to Exile ( Exile Cycles ) building one bobber, now that’s what everyone claims. That, and traditional, genuine traditional builds that are also taking control. So genuine traditional parts, sissy bars, you know, that are only using 1970’s bolts. I think it’s complete asinine retarded.
UCR: laughing
SID: Seriously, people pay way overprice for garbage. There’s a reason my grandpa had it hanging on a wall; ’cause it didn’t work then and it ain’t goin’ to fucking work now. So, you know, that’s the other huge thing right now. That and Club Dynas, outlaw style bikes; fairing and t-bars and lots of travel suspension. That’s a huge thing this year. Massive.
UCR: Alright man. So, where’s your shop headed? Where do you see SIDS going in the coming years?
SID: At this point-in-time, I’m just gonna keep doin’ what I’m doin’. Building as much as I can, I’m definitely going to try and push more service work coming up to this summer. I’m going to try and get another mechanic in here so I can free up my time and be actually building more. Typically in the summer I don’t even get to touch a welder from, you know, May to September. It’s just tires and oil. I want to get a mechanic in here to try and benefit from that. I’m going to try and get a tattoo shop open –
UCR: Here? In the same building?
SID: – yeah, I’ll be putting in a tattoo shop and then a bar where the Mexican restaurant is next door.
UCR: Fuck yeah!
UCR: Alright, so are you currently affiliated with any clubs?
SID: Yeah, the Latter Day Misfits. A small riding crew; we don’t claim ourselves as a club by any means really, were just a bunch of drunks with a motorcycle problem.
UCR: Excellent!
SID: Yeah, every guy on my crew has to have at least built one bike. We don’t let anybody in whose just bought a street glide and wants to be a gang banger. That’s not who we are. We’re not affiliated with any criminal action except going way too fast, that’s about it.
UCR: laughingOkay, alright.
UCR: Is there anything that I haven’t asked or you’d like to share?
SID: Keep your head up, and push harder. The guys that are building at home are the ones that are keeping this industry alive. Don’t think that because I own a shop it means that’s it and you shouldn’t build anymore. I started in a garage, I just took it a lot further than everyone else. That’s how I’ve done everything, you know, I’m that way with everything. I’ve just taken this one a lot further than most.

 Website: SIDS Speed Shop

SIDS on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/SIDS-Speed-Shop/167636703277621

Address: 341 East 35th Street Ogden, Utah

Phone: 801-686-3702

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