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An Interview with Dale Talley

September 30, 2005
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The first time I seen Dale Talley's beautiful custom built chopper was in 2004 at Gail's Worth Harley-Davidson Invitational in Kansas City. I was blown away by the style, smooth lines and clean look of this bike, and knew that one day I'd have to shoot it for our cover. I love custom graphics and photograph-quality airbrushing as much as the next guy, but to me, the metal flake Tangelo Pearl-colored paint job just gleams with class!

Dale is the owner of Dale's Auto Body and Upholstery in Kansas City, Kansas and also builds custom bikes, cars and trucks under the name Ghetto Customs. Dale had been customizing cars and trucks for years before jumping with both feet into the world of custom motorcycles. With years of motor building and metalworking experience Dale and his crew built this bike from the ground up. I take my hat off to anyone who can transform an old car or truck into a work of art or have the vision and skill to build a custom motorcycle from the ground up.

When I contacted Dale and asked him about shooting his bike for our October cover, he was more than happy to oblige. He even offered to let us do our photo shoot at his shop, which worked out great. I thought you might enjoy knowing a little more about the man behind this machine, so we sat down with Dale to ask him a few questions.

CC: Dale, with your body and upholstery shop and custom car, truck and motorcycle business, do you have time for any hobbies?
Dale: Yes, I enjoy basketball.

CC: Why do you ride?
Dale: I ride for fun.

CC: How long have you been riding?
Dale: I've been riding motorcycles for around 26 years.

CC: What was your first bike?
Dale: It was a Honda 350-Four.

CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Dale: Around 10 or so.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Dale: I currently own five bikes. I have another custom that I'm just getting ready to paint, a Kawasaki KZ 1000 and two Kawasaki KZ 900s.

CC: What do you like most about your this particular bike?
Dale: I like the look, handling and the ride.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?
Dale: I would have to say it was a few years ago when I rode down to Arkansas through the Ozark mountains.

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?
Dale: Probably when I got caught in a tornado in southern Missouri.

CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?
Dale: I am the Vice President of Group 13 Bikers.

CC: What is your favorite motorcycle rally?
Dale: It would have to be the National Motorcycle Roundup.

CC: Which is your favorite bike night location?
Dale: Group 13 bike night on Thursday nights.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself and why?
Dale: I like both.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Dale: Lonnie, June, Larry & Leon.

CC: Just for fun, which of your riding buddies is the best rider?
Dale: That would have to be Lonnie.

CC: Just for fun, which of your riding buddies is the worst rider?
Dale: I'd have to say Larry.

CC:As we were wrapping up our interview, Dale told me plans were already in the works for his next custom bike. We can't wait to see what rolls out of Dale's shop next!

If you want your own Ghetto Customs bike, car or truck, or something as simple as a custom seat for your bike, contact Dale at (914) 371-6654 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

By Mike Schweder

Published in Cover Bike Owners