21: Mike Camillo of Flatironmike Customworks


Most of us have heard the tired old saw about life and lemons. If you haven't, ask Grandma to trot it out at your next family dinner. When the wizards of Wall Street were beginning to lose their Midas touch in 2007, New York City investment analyst Mike Camillo was among the first to feel the squeeze. Mike and his metaphorical bag of lemons bounced between odd jobs for a time, but found peace this year in the tiny garage behind his cozy Connecticut home. This installment of 21: is the story of how Mr. Mike and FIM Customworks came to be.


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Name: “Flatiron” Mike Camillo

Age: 49

Business: Flatironmike Customworks

Noroton Heights, CT

Co-workers: Mr. Finn

Riding buddies: Me, myself and I



First time on motorized two wheels: Minibike riding in my Grandfather’s backyard at the age of 5

First hand built motorcycle: the Mule in 2003

Earliest two-wheeled adventure:
Riding the dirt trails and jumps at the town dump with my beat-up Honda Scrambler in 1969, then watching my younger brother Jack fly over the handlebars after hitting a jump on the same bike. He would go on to do that with his bikes on the street for some time after that

Most recent two-wheeled adventure:
EDR07 with many shorter runs/adventures since



Current stable of bikes and projects: No.3, Mule v2.0, Kinger, bone-stock ’85 Kawasaki ZL900 Eliminator, ’81 KZ1000 project. The Mule is currently on hiatus, posing as a roller

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Commented on 9-27-2009 At 10:29 am

yeah mike! a new friend, a like minded odd ball. thanks for showing me the coin you carry on a daily.

Commented on 9-27-2009 At 10:41 am

That flathead is just about perfect!

Commented on 9-27-2009 At 11:11 am

that bike look like so much fun to ride!

Commented on 9-27-2009 At 02:44 pm

Best of luck to you Mike!

Commented on 9-27-2009 At 09:16 pm

It is inspiring to hear your story. It is awesome that you found a career change to one of the best jobs ever.

Commented on 9-28-2009 At 09:09 am

Great to see this bit.

You got this one Mike! Get at it.

Commented on 9-28-2009 At 09:46 am

I love you, Mike!


Commented on 9-28-2009 At 03:29 pm

Don't trust him when he tells you how fast his bikes go. He has no clue.

Commented on 9-28-2009 At 07:42 pm

fuck yeah connecticut, my home state.

Commented on 9-29-2009 At 05:24 am

i've always been a fan of your work. style for miles.

Commented on 9-29-2009 At 08:20 am

One of my all time favorite bikes. Was at MURDERCYCLES HOTROD RIOT in Ct,, 2008 When Mike won the coveted GOLDEN WRENCH AWARD, nice!

Commented on 9-29-2009 At 08:37 am

Unfortunately, I have nothing but really good things to say about Flatiron I'll keep them to myself.

Commented on 9-29-2009 At 03:05 pm

Congrats on figuring it out Mike! So many people just never get there...

Commented on 9-30-2009 At 06:20 am

Awesome story, and gives hope and motivation to guys like me that keep thinking about making a change like that.

Commented on 9-30-2009 At 03:08 pm

hey, don't believe anything you read on the internet.

thanks for the great words, McGoo. miss you!

and, thanks for all the good comments, 'cept for MikeD (ha! gotcha!). look forward to sharing my experiences with CC community.

and, a there's always a vig for and customer referrals!



Commented on 10-2-2009 At 11:17 am

Amazing work, you have me drooling

Commented on 10-3-2009 At 10:11 am

1. Mike, your bikes kick ass. Very nicely done.

2. Here's a thought: I bet there's a ton of us on here that are working "day gigs" to fund our hobbies/passion. Can the guys like Mike who have successfully made the transition from working stiff to Captain Enviable start a thread to tell their story? You know, what you did before, how you made the change, how things are going now, tips/advice, etc.? I'd read that shit outta that thread!

3. Stop reading this and go ride.

Commented on 1-3-2010 At 07:31 pm

U otta ride da Mule to ahia.

Commented on 1-3-2010 At 07:31 pm

U otta ride da Mule to ahia.

Commented on 5-20-2010 At 09:00 am

Its got a Chica feel to it!

Commented on 11-22-2010 At 05:13 pm

new to this site. saw some of your stuff, vvvveeerrryyy nice. question, i see you put a 6 into 4 in the 2.0 bike... will that trans bolt right into my rather stock 56 pan without having to rework the world??

thanks much for the wisdom

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