Brandon Wurtz has been working with old machines his whole life. When it comes to old motorcycles, the goal is to keep as many running properly and on the road as possible. There is a true love and passion for these machines. The difference between Rawhide and many other shops is that we truly care that you are on a safe and reliable vintage motorcycle. On top of that, we have built award winning bikes and several bikes featured in magazines.
We have a powder-coating shop next door and the tools to make your ride into a show bike. All of our outside sources have been chosen over the last decade from the best out there. Our painter, upholsterer, chrome plater and zinc plater, machinist, and powder-coater are the best of the best. We have a personal relationship with all of these small businesses and together we take great care in ensuring you’re getting exactly what you want.
Performance & Repair
Replace spark plugs, clean or replace air filter(s), oil/filter change, valve adjustment, cam chain adjustment, set points/electronic ignition timing, adjust and sync carburetors, check tire pressure, drive chain adjustment, check all bulbs, check charge and test-ride bike.
Electronic ignition (eliminate points), high output Dynatek coil(s), regulator/rectifier, stock style custom wiring harness with new bullet connectors and brand new stock colored wires.
Carburetor and Fuel System Rebuilds
Complete disassembly, deep cleaning, full rebuild with carb kits, new o-rings and floats if needed. Cosmetic restoration is also available.
Tires and Tubes
We have a wide range of high quality tires available from Bridgestone Battlax aggressive sport tires for your vintage bike to vintage style Avon Speedmasters. Size and type to be recommended upon inquiry.
Chain and Sprockets
We can recommend the correct sprocket ratios for your stock bike and your riding preferences. O-ring chains and heavy duty roller chains available. All are of the highest quality.
Front End Rebuilds
Complete disassembly, cleaned and reassembled with new fork seals and correct fluid amount. New fork tubes are available and cosmetic restoration is also available.
Top and bottom end. Complete disassembly, all parts inspected and cleaned. New pistons (if needed) & rings, boring, honing, valve & valve seat resurfacing, cylinder head and block resurfacing, new cam chain, rollers & tensioner (if needed), Vesrah gasket kit and reassembly.
- Cosmetic restoration is also available.
Customs & Restoration
From mild to wild. You name it. We can take your concepts and work together to design and create your dream bike. Function and style combined into your perfect ride.
From partial restorations to 100 pt. Concours D’Elegance show winning bikes. Brandon took home a trophy at a Concours show in Del Mar, California in 2013 for a restoration of a 1966 Honda CL77 Scrambler. When it comes to restorations, we can take it as far as you want. It all depends on your budget.
We can perform any modification or repair to your frame that you’d need. From removing unnecessary tabs and mounts on your frame for a sleek vintage street bike to a weld-on hardtail for your custom chopper. We have a high-end mig welder, an oxy-acetalyne torch and a custom pipe bender so anything is possible.
We do any small or large fabrication job you need. From custom taillight brackets, battery boxes and electrical trays all the way to custom gas tanks and oil tanks.
Seat Pan Fabrication
From stock restorations to very custom. We can bring your old cracked seat back to life and look 100% stock, we can trim down your stock seat pan so that it still mounts to the stock brackets, or we can make a seat that fits perfectly to your frame and butts up to the tank very cleanly. We do solo springer seats & p-pads and custom chopper seats. Our upholsterer is of the highest quality and will work to find you the vinyl or leather of your choice.
Complete disassembly, spokes replaced (OEM or repro) or refinished (zinc-plated, chromed, etc.), hub polished or finished in powder-coat or chrome plating, rim replaced or refinished. Re-laced and trued on our truing stand. Wheel bearings packed and replaced.