Thirteen years. Thirteen arduous, stress-filled and extremely fulfilling years. That's how long Chris Callen and his tight-knit cadre of like-minded contributors and soulmates have been churning out Cycle Source magazine. Chris's brainchild and labor of love isn't your typical chopper rag. No teabag titties taint its pages. No stench of favoritism fouls the integrity of its message. Instead, every issue of Cycle Source speaks to its audience with enthusiasm, intelligence and candor. In a scene known for badboy bragadoccio and ham-fisted hackery posing as "journalism," Chris Callen and his magazine are a breath of fresh hair. Sorry my friend—I couldn't resist.
Name: Chris Callen
Business: Cycle Source Magazine
Town: Pittsburgh, PA
Coworkers: My wife, brothers and sisters
Riding buddies: Duke, Rob, everyone from the Limpnickie lot
First time on two wheels: When I was a baby, my mom dated a patch holder
First hand-built motorcycle: 1981 Shovel, 15 different times, Does that count? If not, Evo chopper in the ‘90s, built from wrecked frame
Earliest two-wheeled adventure: Riding between mom and her patch holder old man to the Appalachian mountains where he lived
Another best kept secret in chopper journalism: Chris Callen likes motocross
Most recent two-wheeled adventure: The Big Mountain Run, two days in the Smokies, rode the dragon and Cherahola in the same day.
Current stable of bikes and projects: 2003 Ultra lounger; 1981 Shovel, yet again
Tool you wish you had but don't: A longer dick!
Tool you have but wish you didn't: A cast on my arm
The third most important thing in Chris Callen's life: playing live, loud and fast
Heaven on Earth: Watchin' my brothers smile from something I turned them onto
Proudest moment: When guys like Rogue and Keith Ball tell me I do a good job with the rag
Darkest secret: I used to be a porn star
Deepest fear: That I'll die before I finish a deadline
Biggest regret: Not getting to ride with my old man. Ever.
Reason for being: Life is a constant process of development. Through the metaphysics of
motorcycling I believe to be on the most direct path to personal enlightenment.
If I lost my right arm: I'd make my old lady wipe my ass
Thanks: God, I'm breathing today and have a chance to do better tomorrow
Cycle Source Magazine
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