TB: I understand you are a big supporter of our military.
CJ: Yes, there is a big military connection in SC. My wife and I got into military coatings work by accident, as we had a chassis shop building racecars for years and a bodyshop. One day a friend asked us to paint some parts for him in a hurry and he said he had the paint. It was a special mil/spec paint. We did it a few times for him and I realized there was a need for our quality and turn around in the field. So, all these years later we are still providing the coatings to many of the military part producers throughout the East Coast. My wife runs it so I can play with motorcycles! LOL. I told you she is the best.
TB: What trends do you see coming; the future of Baggerdom as you see it?
CJ: I think it has only just begun and I don’t see it ending like the choppers. These bikes you can ride and enjoy after investing so much time and money.
TB: Where is CamTech heading?
CJ: I hope to have an entire parts line this year with enough items to completely build a one-off bagger with the exception of a motor. All with my parts, even a frame.
TB: Any thoughts on rake and trail pertaining to the big wheel trend?
CJ: Rake and trail? LOL. I think that was forgotten! No, just kidding. Cutting and raking a bike correctly is the only way to do it. Many people call us for just trees but we wont sell them that without cutting their frame as well—just too dangerous. Done right, they ride awesome. To get the ride and the stance from a bagger with the huge 30-inch wheel makes it tough. We have two 30-inch builds going now so we will see how well they ride. If I have to engineer a new frame for the 30 that’s what we will do.
TB: What about audio, handling, comfort?
CJ: As far as audio goes, I am all about it! I owned a car stereo shop before also and love audio. I think the audio end of the baggers is only beginning. I am developing parts now for the audio side of the baggers.
TB: How about any Victory Motorcycles custom baggers?
CJ: I actually bought a Victory Vision last year with all intentions of cutting it for a 26-inch front wheel. I painted various parts black, lowered it, put wheels on it (21-inch front), and rode the hell out of it. I loved it and my wife loved it. Someone had to have it before I got to cut it up. I will do another one. They ride awesome!
TB: Is your parts line American made?
CJ: All our parts are 100-percent American made in our own facility in SC. We do every aspect of every build in-house. Except Diamond Cutting the heads. We build the motors, fabricate all metal parts, machine all parts, paint and graphics, all fiberglass and composites are in house also.
TB: What’s your goal?
CJ: My goal is to be one of the top 3, bagger builders in the country. Not only bikes, but parts also.