by Kirk Johnson
The new customs from Intrepid.... How do they compare?
Mike Johnston from Intrepid Cycles was in the Valley promoting
their new line of custom built bikes. While expanding their dealer
network and to get more exposure on their products, I got the
call to test ride their new motorcycles. How great is that. It
isn’t every day that someone calls and asks you to ride
their new custom creations.
Intrepid, located in Temecula, California, north of San Diego
and south of Riverside, was established in October 2005 and is
now building two great custom motorcycles for the dealer network.
The two customs that they offer are the Resolute, a 54-degree
raked chopper, and the Steadfast, a 41-degree pro street bike.
They are both softails with 300mm rear tires and a right side
drive belt. Both models start at $36,995 and are listed in Kelly
These customs are not entry level machines. They are nicely
equipped with a lot of goodies. Included on each bike is the
Baker RSD 6 speed with a Primo Rivera Brute 3 extreme, Hawg
Halter 4 caliper chrome brakes, a 300mm 18 inch Avon rear tire
with a 21 inch Avon front tire, Pro-One hand controls and much
more. They have been finished nicely too, right down to the
hidden wires on the handlebars to chrome fasteners and braided
cables. Both of these rides are very clean and good looking.
The standard engine is the 111ci S&S Twin
Cam A motor that can be upgraded to the 117ci or 124ci. Other
chrome wheels, open belt drive from Primo Revera and, of course,
there are custom paint options and many more options you can
Both models are offered with either carburetors or with the
VFI fuel injection system. Interestingly, the carbureted models
that I tested were certified and compliant with the California
EPA requirements. For more information on the company, go to
their Web site at www.intrepidcycles.com.
After only a short ride, I can tell you this is a quality product.
According to Mike, the sales manager, his favorite ride is the
blue chopper or the Resolute. With a 54-degree rake, the Resolute
is not bashful about having a good-looking chopper profile. After
I rode it for a while, I understood why he likes it so much.
This was the first bike that I rode. I rode it south on Central
Avenue and had to play in traffic with stop and go lights and
slow vehicles. The engine was very smooth and the ride was surprisingly
soft, better than I expected. The only distraction to the ride
was on tight corners or turning around in a small parking lot.
But that is to be expected on any chopper. This ride is meant
to be ridden out in the open. And yes, it was a real head turner.
People actually stopped in their tracks on the sidewalk to look
and check out the ride. This is one great looking bike, a bike
that you want to be seen on.
The chopper had an upgraded Vance and Hines after market exhaust
installed and sounded great. It had plenty of power. In first,
I could get the 300 to break traction with out a lot of effort.
It was solid and stayed very straight. Very little engine vibration
and because it is a softail, the ride was surprisingly soft.
Next was the ride on the Pro Street. This bike I took up South
Mountain. What a great ride. If you have ever been up this twisty
mountain road, then you know what I am talking about. I never
got the bike above 45, but I could tell this was a solid little
custom. Even with the 300-rear tire and all of the uneven payment,
it did not pose any problems.
I did notice though, if you go around the speed bumps and you
don’t clear the bump with the rear 300mm rear tire, the
outside of the tire climbs the bump. When this happens, it has
the tendency to push you farther to the right or in the opposite
direction of the bump. Again, this is to be expected with any
300mm tire on any bike. Aside from that, it was a great treat
to play with on the twisties.
I ended up making about 20 u-turns on the narrow
road to get some good pictures. Glad I didn’t take the chopper on this
ride. I found the S&S Twin Cam engine to be very solid and
smooth and almost vibration free. The only distraction to the
ride was the scraping of the exhaust on the tight right turns.
After I got off the ride, I noticed there were some pretty good
marks on the lower side of the exhaust pipes. Oops.
Both motorcycles are about as clean and good looking as any
customs that I have seen for a long time. These bikes, right
out of the shoot, are a nice package with all of the options
that most riders want. From there you can customize the bike
to your flavor as needed. This includes a bigger engine to exhaust
pipes and paint schemes. Intrepid may want to look at putting
different exhaust pipes on the Pro Street to get around the scraping
on the right turns. If you are in the custom bike market, make
sure you give these guys a call. You will not be disappointed.