I had the opportunity to meet Dale Yamada during Sturgis a few years back. His quiet demeanor was put to the test with the state's endless nuisance for another hidden fee. Dale basically told them to kiss his ass, closed his booth and went for a ride to clear his head. He is a man that stands up for his brand, family and country. I asked my Canadian buddy for some words on his company, Mad Jap Kustoms.
“My background is as licensed mechanic. I have built full tube chassis cars, big trucks, boats, and everything in between. I was practically born in a cab over truck and was raised around West Coast Canadian club bikes. Some of those original club bikes are still running around to this day.
Oddly enough I bought my first motorcycle in 1996 and it was a 1991Suzuki GSXR750, blue and white in color with polished wheels and frame. That was the beginning of my ten-year stint motorcycle racing in Western Canada and Western USA tracks.
In 2007 Mad Jap Kustoms was born and was named after my late father. I kind of went back to my upbringing around West Coast BC rigid club bikes. I remember always being around them and the guys that built and road the hell out of them.
The motorcycle scene in Canada is great. Most of the riding I do is in the West and in the rocky mountain area. Some of my favorite places to go are, Kelowna which is (well to me anyways) a historical club run destination, Salmon Arm area and right on the coast of British Columbia. With the shop booked solid and no time, it’s really hard to get out and ride. When I do get out usually it’s just myself with my bike heading out with no set plan.
My next bike venue will be Born Free and maybe… will see Sturgis. Other than those two that’s it. I would love to do a more venues but I just don’t have the funds too. It’s crazy expensive to do bike shows in the USA and up here the riding season is so short I have to work my ass off in the summer to stay alive for the long winter. Hey don’t get me wrong here if I didn’t have to worry about money, I would do what I do for free. I’m one lucky SOB.”
Name: Dale Yamada
Age: Well I act immature
Job: Owner and Operator of Mad Jap Kustoms
Town: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Co-Workers: Michelle, she's a babe and I'm in love with her
Riding buddies: Anyone up for a ride when I have time to go…..usually a spur of the moment kind of thing
First Time on two wheels: Age Nine
First hand-built motorcycle: A truly hand built bike top to bottom? Well the closest thing to that would be my 40EL
Earliest two-wheeled adventure: My BMX day's. Man I lived, ate and breathed BMX!
Most recent two-wheeled adventure: Last September I went on a 4 day solo ride threw the interior of the BC Rockies….good times :-)
Current stable of bike and projects: Oh God where to begin…….
Tools I wish I have but don’t: I wish I had a CNC machine
Tools I have and wish I didn’t: Hammer!
Heaven on Earth: Nice warm day with the shop doors open, me working away and hearing my kids playing in the background.
Proudest moment: No brainer, the birth of my two kids Cade and Samantha.
Darkest secret: Well it wouldn't be a secret then would it?
Deepest fear: Losing my wife Michelle and my kids
Biggest regret: Not spending enough time with my Dad before he passed away
Reason for being: To ensure my kids are happy and have an amazingly well round life
If I lost my right arm: Well in 2008 I got hit by a car while riding my bike and it was really bad. I broke my back in lower three vertebrae, almost lost my left leg a few times (due to the severe trauma to it) during my lengthy stay in the hospital, broke my pelvis in four places, had massive internal injuries, two collapsed lungs and ribs, I was in and out of a wheel chair for over a year. So if I lost my right arm I'm sure I could over come it!!!
Thanks: I give thanks for all I have each and every day! I am grateful to have the support of my family to do what I love and the encouragement from my friends.
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