Lowrider craftsmanship comes in a variety of forms; just ask Luis Montoya Jr. of Chandler, Arizona. This young man found himself a passion in lowriders of the two-wheeled fashion, and he knew that building a lowrider bike of his very own was the only way to express his creativity. While he wanted to create a show-worthy bike, he also wanted to build one that could be taken out on the streets at any time. When you have a classic ’65 Schwinn Beach Cruiser and a love for lowriders combined with a father who can paint, building greatness is certainly an option. Indeed, with a bike like this one, any summer could be a “Summer In Paradise.”
In 2008, Luis’ brother Raul picked up a ’65 Schwinn Beach Cruiser. Raul made the purchase intending to fix the bike up, but some time passed and Raul decided not to finish the project. After watching it sit, Luis asked Raul if he could buy the frame from him. The two settled on a price and Luis took ownership of the Schwinn. Luis talked to his father Luis “Shillin” Montoya Sr. and told him about his plans for the bike. Luis asked his father if he would paint the bike for him, and he agreed, although the frame was not ready for paint just yet.
Luis and Raul began working on the frame. After they added a few more body mods, Luis and Raul would finish smoothing out the frame to get it ready for their father to begin the paint process. With Luis’ ideas and his dad’s paint experience, they began working on sweet summer candy paint scheme. Shillin laid down a white base on the frame and then topped it off with candy yellow.
Once the foundation was in place, Shillin began taping the graphics. Knowing how to paint motorcycles, Shillin knew how to do a lot with a little amount of space. He laid down several designs on the frame which consist of lace, fingerprint, and ghost patterns with several different colors, including butterscotch, tangerine, hot pink, and sunset orange, to name a few. Once all of the patterns were done, Shillin called upon his good friend to do some work on the Schwinn. Chavo, of Chavos’s Pinstriping in Phoenix, Arizona, would add some finishing touches to the frame. Chavo brushed the patterns with his trademark stripe work and gold leafing, which flows from the frame to the molded seat.
When Luis was not working on the frame with his Dad, he would search local area swap meets to find rare, classic, and custom bike parts. After a yearlong search, Luis had all the parts needed to complete his project. Next on his “to-do list” for the build was finding a place to outsource his chrome and engraving needs. After saving up a little more money, Luis took his parts to be engraved by “Swing” of Phoenix. Then Papago Plating, in Phoenix, would finish off the parts with the show-chrome treatment. With all parts back from the shop and the frame freshly painted, it was time to put Luis’ dream bike together. Seeking to make his creation a true show and go masterpiece, Luis can be satisfied that he has done just that.
Once he finished putting his bike together, the first thing he did was take it for a long cruise. He was very happy with the finished product, and would like to thank his father, Luis “Shillin” Montoya Sr., and all of his family for their love and support. Great job Luis!