If you are also an avid reader of our Lowrider Arte series, then you might remember Juan Gonzalez from our Apr/May 2012 issue. Juan is a leather-tooling artist far ahead of his time, and he decided to build this 2000 Schwinn Roadster for his three-year-old granddaughter, Elena Gonzalez Bojorquez.
“I do leather work, so I decided to make her a trike with some of my work on it,” he says. “One thing led to another and we ended up getting a little carried away with it.” The ideas for the trike kept coming and Juan kept working on it until there simply was nothing left to do. Juan added the custom fenders himself, while the tank and frame was molded. Talent, from Sneaky Talent in Riverside, CA., used House of Kolor to paint the bike, and Tommy Herrera, of Diablo Artwerks of Bakersfield, CA., stripped it. Juan Gonzalez, of Nomad Custom Leather of Santa Ana, CA., added a custom leather bag and seat that he tooled with Dia de los Muertos-themed artwork. Andrew, of True Finish in Stanton, CA., handled the chrome. Juan included some rather interesting modification ideas into the build as well. For instance, a VW tailpipe exhaust was added, a 1933 Ford turn signal was used as the headlight, and Harley pegs were used as pedals while Harley turn signals were added for taillights.
The trike took second at the Las Vegas Super Show and Juan is quick to admit that the cycle is definitely an eye catcher and a great conversation piece wherever he and his granddaughter take it to. “She’s still too small for it, but she loves to get pushed on it. We are getting her ready for her Harley,” says her proud grandpa, Juan.