There are some people that you meet once and know you’ll be longtime friends. Pat Patterson, owner of Led Sled Customs, is one of those. He is one of the most solid guys I have been fortunate enough to cross paths with. Pat isn’t out for fame or fortune, only to provide stability for his family and employees. Some might disagree with this, seeing Led Sled Customs everywhere, from bike features and full page magazine ads, to ads on our site, and even being featured on Discovery Channel’s BikerLive tonight. Pat would rather be ripping around the woods on his dirt bike than being on stage, but understands the hustle is necessary to keep his business growing.
Name: Pat Patterson
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Business: Led Sled Customs
How long has Led Sled Customs been in business? 11 solid years.
Coworkers? Joe, Kevin, Ferg, Bob, Clint, Jason, and my wife Jen.
Riding buddies? My dirtbike buddies are Carl Faringer of Cycle Electric, Aaron, Gary, Chad, and Gene. For motorcycles, I’m fortunate to share the road with many friends, too many to list, but all are appreciated.
First time on two wheels? I was like 7 or 8, and rode a Briggs and Straton mini bike. I’ve been hooked ever since.
Earliest two-wheel adventure? I would have to say my first real memorable one was 19 riding with my brother Jeff and a group of people to PA to a Willie Nelson Show.
Most recent two-wheel adventure? Every Wednesday night is a hardcore KTM riding adventure.
Heaven on earth? I would say I’m having a blast when I’m racing enduros.
First hand-built motorcycle? I would say that would be my 93 Sportster, it wasn't really all hand-built but I customized it a lot.
Current stable of bikes and projects? I think we are up to like 13, and we’re working hard on cranking them out.
Tool you wish you have but don’t? I would love to own a hydro form.
Tool that you have and wish you didn’t? I love all my tools! I do have this Kolbalt 1/4 inch drive ratchet in my dirtbike tool box that really aggravates me every time I use it.
Proudest moment? Besides my children, I’m very proud to have been successfully doing something I love.
Deepest secret? I’ll never tell.
Deepest fear? Getting caught picking my nose.
Reason for being? My family.
Who were your influences growing up? I would say my dad. I didn't realize it as much when I was younger, but the older I get I realize the man he is influenced everything in my life. Also my brothers. Growing up seeing them all riding dirt bikes, motorcycles, muscle cars and watching them paint and working on stuff really got my wheels turning.
If you lost your right arm? I guess I would get really good with my left arm.
What does it mean to you being on BikerLive? It’s a really cool opportunity, but I’m not really into the TV stuff that much. I just got sick of the other bike shows, you know the ones.
Here's a sneak peek of the BikerLive build, photos by Michael Lichter.
How important is made in the USA to you? It’s very important to me. I’m not saying that everyone should agree but I think there’s a balance that needs to be attained to keep moving forward. I could talk about this topic all day but it’s easier to keep making great products that I can proudly stand by.
Anyone you would like to thank? All my friends in the industry, and all of our customers that buy our parts and make Led Sled Customs what it is. Garage Builders Forever
You can catch Pat and the Led Sled Customs Crew tonight on Discovery Channel Biker Live at 10 pm, 7 pm pt. They are up against follow Rust Belt shops Porky's Chopper Co. and Raw Iron Choppers. All votes are accepted through Twitter , just follow BikerLive's main account, and cast your vote. May the best shop win! You can also see more images of Pat's bike in the next issue of Cycle Source Magazine. Be sure to give Led Sled Customs a follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and also check out Bear's recent feature on thier shop.
We appreciate Pat's ongoing support for our community!