Michael Linville of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, began his bike-building carrier at age 13. In 2006 and 2007 he won Bike of the Year with a bike called Pinnacle. After selling it, he retired from building bikes and started work on his 1966 Cadillac that he still has today. Thoughts of building another completive bike kept crossing his mind, but knowing how much time, money, and dedication it would take to build one kept him from coming back, until one night in July of 2013, when he had a vision of a bike in his head. “I had so many thoughts in my dreams that I had to wake up and jot down my ideas.” He began by creating a computer drawing of the bike that was in his mind. Work on the bike began within three days of completing the computer drawing.
They started by building the all aluminum frame of the bike and then building everything else around that. The build took 10 months and once he completed the bike he loaded it up and drove it cross-country to enter it into the sanctioned Fresno show to qualify for the Las Vegas Super Show. He was able to win the 2014 Lowrider Bike of the Year by a very small margin, and is planning on coming back next year to defend his title. “I’m emptying the tank on this one, I can’t do it anymore. It’s too much time, money, and dedication to keep up.”
Vehicle Year/Make/Model: 2014 Toyshop
Vehicle Nickname: Twisted Toy
Owner: Mike Linville
City/State: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Body/Paint: The all aluminum frame was constructed with 3D pieces, adjustable raked neck, and fully TIG welded by PMF Customs. Mo’s Image Customs in Miami, FL, used oriental blue and teal House of Kolor candy to paint the bike. Mo also took care of all the striping. Jonathan Panteleon in Union City, NJ, airbrushed the Twisted vintage toys murals. Hernan D’Aloia of Engrave It Inc. in Ontario, CA, engraved everything, while his partner Woody chrome plated everything. Canadian metal fabricator DTwist supplied multiple twisted parts to the build.
Suspension: Mike built a linear actuator into the frame of the bike to lower and raise it
Interior: Pascal of Hollywood Riff Raff in Los Angeles hand-tooled the leather seat with a lizard inlay
Sound System: Mike installed the iPhone, tablet, and speaker setup
Wheels / Tires: Custom 20-inch Toyshop wheels with spokes by DTwist / Schwinn Westwind tires