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Lowriders By Summers

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You may have noticed that over the last year or so we have given much attention to the bike scene in and around the Minneapolis, St. Paul area. Wondering why? Well, as I have mentioned before this area is one of the hottest and fastest growing areas for custom cycle activity in the country and its not letting up. New shops seem to be opening weekly catering to the needs of everything from dressers to all out drag machinery and full customs.

Of these fresh shops one of those to establish immediate national recognition is the "Lowriders By Summers" facility in Minneapolis. Tom Summers, the shop's owner has been around the custom scene for many a year and when he decided to "open house" he did it in a big way. Tom's idea was to coordinate the opening with the release of some really outstanding piece. Well, the shop opened before the bike was ready but when readers of several publications caught a glimpse of the Summers "Fan Dancer" Honda the demand for Tom's talents and the shop's services soared.

Unlike most custom shops in the area Summers handles "Oriental" machines only which eliminates a lot of hassles from the start. While Tom offers a complete line of custom hard to find accessories the two areas he aims his talents at are complete construction and custom paint.

Finding it much easier to "do it himself' than to hassle with others Tom spent many years designing and painting his many show winning creations and has evolved his painting talents to the edge of perfection. As for the construction end of the business Summers main drive is toward reliable street customs. However, if you've seen machinery like the "Fan Dancer" Honda you know quite well that for a price Tom is quite capable of producing just about anything your mind might be able to conjure up.

It has been our intent to preview at least one new shop monthly and it is an honor to bring our readers facilities like that at Summers. As you well know it is often difficult to track down that one special part and we've found that putting these shops together has brought many builders and facilities together, often when neither knew the other existed. If you know of a shop that offers quality work and accessories in your area have them get in touch with us and we'll let the world know!

For further information on Summers line of bikes and services contact: "Lowriders By Summers"

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(ABOVE-" Fan Dancer" pictured here stuffed into a dusty corner of the shop really put the Summers shop on the map. Debuted in Daytona a couple of years back it has been featured in numerous world wide publications. The "Dancer" is a fine example of quality workmanship put to show use.)

(LEFT-The shop is equipped with an on location spray booth which is used for painting of everything from dressers and touring machines to full customs. Here Tom applies a multi colored candy job to rather lame BMW tank.)

(LEFT-Always up to his bal-s in work Tom's facility is manned and equipped to handle the many orders received for complete fabrication of custom machines.)

(RIGHT-Snatch, Tom's latest show endeavor carved a wide path at the Rat's Hole show in Florida this year. Watch for it soon in Custom Cycle.)

(Above- Super fine street worthy machines like this rigid Kawasaki are the backbone of the shop's work. People in the area like to ride their machines and Summers offers a wide variety of ways to go custom.)

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