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  • Ride to Barber Vintage Festival

    Posted 24 September 2016


    Fuller Moto | Ride to Barber Vintage Festival

    Metzeler and Fuller Moto are inviting you to take a leisurely ride from Atlanta, Georgia to Leeds, Alabama for the annual Barber Vintage Festival. We'll take the back roads most of the way winding through the countryside. Meet us at Fuller Moto from 8:00am - 9:00am for Batdorf and Bronson Coffee and light breakfast. Check out the shop, look at the cool toys while we wait for everyone to arrive. The caravan will pull out at 9:30am sharp. Be gassed up and ready. We'll stop for lunch at one of the quaint towns on the way, on us! A truck with trailer will follow us in case someone needs to be picked up on the route due to a breakdown.

    Space is limited, so sign up soon!   /// RSVP TO RIDE at info@fullermoto.com ///

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    ABOUT BARBER VINTAGE FESTIVAL | The Barber Vintage Festival is one of the most highly anticipated motorcycle events in the world. The three-day festival features the America's First Fan Zone with food and entertainment, Ace Corner, a Century Parade, a swap meet with hundreds of vendors selling vintage motorcycles and parts, as well as the AMCA and VJMC gatherings, and the Motorcycle Classics show.

    ABOUT METZELER | Metzeler is a German motorcycle tire manufacturer focused on quality and performance. Our mission is to continuously develop products on the cutting edge of technology to meet the needs and expectations of motorcyclists' needs.

     

  • Swap Meet Showdown Premiere - This Week On Velocity Channel

    Posted 06 September 2016

    Fuller Moto | Swap Meet Showdown On Velocity Channel

    Bryan Fuller will host a TV pilot this week, alongside Atlanta builders - Wes Hines, Derek Kimes, Jesse Spade and Austin Peters on Discovery's Velocity Network, called Swap Meet Showdown. This episode was filmed at the Carlisle Spring Swap Meet, a collector and classic car swap meet, car corral and auction that is held each April in America’s Automotive Hometown, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

    Fuller challenges two teams - "Team Atlanta" versus "Team Carlisle" by giving them each $1,000 of hard cash and an old golf cart before sending them into the swap. In their on-site mobile shop they have to build a burnout vehicle capable of frying the tires and wowing the crowd, and all while beating the clock. The team with the modified golf cart that is able to perform the best burnout is then crowned the winner. It's an entertaining mix of personalities combined with an ambitious quick turnaround that tests both teams' mechanical skills. Swap Meet Showdown is a show you don't want to miss!

    Premiere Airs: Wednesday, September 7th - 10:30pm on Discovery's Velocity Channel

    Tools provided by: Lincoln Electric & JET Industrial 

     

  • The High-Performance Nighthawk | Fueled by Passion

    Posted 04 August 2016

    At Fuller Moto, we believe in those who find something they love and go after it with the highest level of commitment. Dedicated to his creative vision and fueled by his passion, Sloan MacKarvich goes the distance to bring the high-performance 'Nighthawk' to life. Fuller Moto is proud to be helping the MacKarvich team finish this passion project. Stay tuned as we continue to provide updates of this project until its final completion... 

    The High-Performance Nighthawk | Sloan Mackarvich Tie Down Engineering

    Growing up in a family manufacturing and fabrication business is a great source of pride, and makes for unique experiences as one learns both a trade and hopefully how to manage a dynamic business. However and as many know well, one's professional career may not marry up with what someone is truly passionate about outside of work. Sloan MacKarvich has always had a passion for anything with a motor that happens to go fast, but he is also equally passionate over discovering new ways to employ a wide array of fabrication assets. His father Chuck MacKarvich, started Tie Down Engineering 45 years ago in a one car garage with an old Lincoln Buzzbox welder. Since then, Tie Down has grown to nine world class manufacturing facilities. With the strength and versatility of Tie Down Engineering, Sloan began to seek his entrance into the automotive world. After meeting Bryan Fuller, he became fascinated by the custom projects at Fuller Moto and was hooked. He shared with Bryan his desire to be in the automotive industry but had no idea how to go about it. Bryan’s simple advice to Sloan was "Just do it man!" Although not in the same industry segment as Fuller, through the Industrial Laser Solutions division, Tie Down began to support various vehicle projects ranging from a monocoque bus chassis to military vehicle armor systems. These opportunities and lessons would further hone a capability that would play a unique role in what is now a very successful vehicle adaption.

    The High-Performance Nighthawk | Sloan Mackarvich Tie Down Engineering

    After the completion of the vehicle armor project, Sloan was approached by Warren van Nus and Kevin Patrick. Kevin had been importing a new race car frame from the UK under the Exomotive brand.  They were pitching an opportunity to redesign the “Exocet” under license for the US market. Warren van Nus's new design utilized the manufacturing capabilities of Tie Down Engineering, and an innovative laser-cut tab and slot system reduced chassis weld time from 35 to less than 9 man-hours. As a cost saving measure, they were even able to utilize existing CNC bend tooling from the armor project. With those precise bending operations of tubing and sheet metal, Warren's new frame was precise enough to self-jig on a special laser-cut table. This brought high-quality production to the low volume grassroots world of motorsports.

    The High-Performance Nighthawk | Sloan MacKarvich Tie Down Engineering

    The new Tie Down built frame was measured to be about seven times stiffer than the original and the safety structure complied with all major sanctioning bodies for road course use. After the initial success of launch, production of that initial vehicle and is now among the most successful low volume enthusiast vehicles available.

    The High-Performance Nighthawk | Sloan MacKarvich Tie Down Engineering

    Once production was running smoothly, Warren and Sloan wished to apply the lessons learned from the Exocet to a vehicle with higher performance goals. First, they built a 525hp LS3-powered 1700 lb Exocet in conjunction with Exomotive. From that V8-powered beast came an idea to use OEM-derived components in a mid-engine, rear-transmission tube frame supercar.

    The High-Performance Nighthawk | Sloan MacKarvich Tie Down Engineering

    Dubbed the “Nighthawk”, a new chassis was engineered with new manufacturing technologies, closed-loop CNC tube bending and CNC panel folding. This car’s goal was to provide a raw, visceral connection between car and driver. The frame was designed for stiffness, lightness, crash protection, and driver involvement. The design was a collaborative effort with automotive designer Kevin Miron. The Nighthawk prototype is being finished at Bryan Fuller’s shop in Atlanta.

    The High-Performance Nighthawk | Sloan MacKarvich Tie Down Engineering

  • Shogun On Display at 'Motorcycles as Art' Michael Lichter Exhibit

    Posted 01 August 2016

    Michael Lichter's 'Motorcycles as Art' exhibit opens during the 2016 Sturgis Rally with the Shogun on display at The Buffalo Chip. See a teaser image of The Shogun below. Stay tuned! Many more images coming soon...

    Shogun by Bryan Fuller Fuller Moto | Buffalo Chip Sturgis Rally Michael Lichter Motorcycle Exhibit

     

    photo: @stevewest

     

     

  • Caffeine and Octane At The Beach

    Posted 01 August 2016

    Caffeine and Octane Car Show Jekyll Island Atlanta’s largest & most unique monthly car show, Caffeine and Octane, is hitting the road! Jekyll Island, one of Georgia’s “Golden Isles”, will host the inaugural Caffeine and Octane At The Beach March 17-19, 2017. This will be a unique three day event chock full of all things mechanized and cool, just as people have come to expect from Caffeine and Octane. Founders Bruce Piefke and Bryan Fuller will be ratcheting things up a notch with a full schedule of activities for gearheads and their families.

    Get revved up starting Friday morning with a community breakfast and family bicycle ride (bikes available for rent or bring your own), then go polish up your skills with workshops hosted by some of the top talent in the automotive industry. Workshops include: TIG Welding with Mark Prosser, Modern Supercar Engineering with Kevin Byrd, Techniques in Design, Automotive Tuning and more! Finish up Friday by celebrating St. Patrick’s day with us at Jekyll Island’s brand new Beachside Village.

    Hit the ground running on Saturday with a classic car parade and all day car show! The excitement builds as top custom motorcycle builders from around the country compete in The Forged Invitational. Held inside the Jekyll Island Convention Center rows of hand crafted motorcycles will be on display as Jekyll’s Great Dunes Park beach provides an amazing backdrop. Only the most creative and skilled builders will qualify for this unique high end motorcycle exhibition. Of course there will still be plenty of time to polish up your skills as the workshops continue. Kids can also get hands-on and learn building & customization skills with build events geared specifically for kids. Wrap up the day with southern-style Shrimp and Grits at the prestigious Jekyll Island Club followed by a free movie on the lawn. Night owls won’t want to miss the special after party starting at 10:00 pm.

    Saturday and Sunday brings the first ever Caffeine and Octane show at the beach! Once the sun comes up the horsepower will start rolling in to the grounds of the Jekyll Island Convention Center. Keeping to Caffeine and Octane tradition all things awesome are welcome at the show. You never know what you will see at Caffeine and Octane. Customs, classics, resto mods, muscle cars, antiques, exotics, imports, military vehicles, motorcycles, even powerboats are all welcome! Due to space limitations though we require all display vehicles to register, details and pricing can be found at http://www.candojekyll.com/entrants.

    Don’t miss this chance to experience a weekend of world class speed & style set against the backdrop of Georgia’s historic Jekyll Island. For more information about tickets, registration, accommodations, workshops, and a full schedule of events visit candojekyll.com.

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  • The Drive Book Featuring The Double Down

    Posted 01 July 2016

    Got our copy of THE DRIVE this week and we couldn't be more stoked to have been a part of this amazing collaboration of custom cars and their builders! Fuller Moto's Jet-Hot Double Down was featured and we even made the back cover! See more on this book by Gestalten.

    About This Book

    From early hot rods and lowriders to modern tuning: this book presents a voluptuous variety of unique cars from around the world. Automobiles have been tuned, restored, and rebuilt for years, but —whether made for leisurely cruising or peak performance —today’s machines are more interesting than ever before. After exploring custom motorcycles in The Ride and The Ride 2nd Gear, it’s high time to focus on the four-wheeled scene.

    The Drive breaks down barriers between custom car scenes and spotlights the best of the best. European sports cars and hot rods. Lowriders and widebodies. Featuring ambassadors like Ken Block and Magnus Walker, innovators like Ringbrothers and ICON, legends like George Barris and RE-Amemiya, and many others, The Drive provides detailed portraits of numerous personas and projects. Bold photo spreads, profiles of builders, and exclusive essays celebrate the variety of automotive craftsmanship.

    The story told with The Drive showcases the diversity and reach of this custom movement. Each car is utterly unique; each builder a true personality. Passion and craft join within the walls of their workshops in North America, Europe, and Asia. The resulting vehicles —and this book —are for anyone for whom a car is undoubtedly more than just a way to get around. Buckle up for a world tour of custom car culture.

    The Drive Book by Gestalten - Custom Cars and Their Builders | Fuller Moto

  • BUILDER SPOTLIGHT | 12-YEAR OLD ZEKE DEZEEUW

    Posted 10 December 2015

    This series of videos features 12-year old Builder, Zeke DeZeeuw, who has a knack for building cafe racer bikes. Bryan Fuller takes Zeke under his wing to build a custom Honda, called The Zoiid. 

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