Zachary and Kristin Shipwash own and operate The Rebel Spirit in Thomasville, NC. You have probably seen them set up at numerous events on the East Coast, showcasing their custom-builds and motorcycle parts. Zachary handles the welding, fabrication, and mechanics, while Kristin handles the accounting, social media, shipping, and everything else they need to do to keep The Rebel Spirit alive. When they aren’t working in the shop, you can find them spending time with their beautiful children and hosting local bike nights at Down Home Harley-Davidson. We’ve been huge fans of their builds and when we got the opportunity to showcase Boogie Nights in our Mama Tried video, we knew it deserved a bike feature here. Enjoy!
“The Rebel Spirit came from the ground up with the heart and drive of being raised by a diehard motorcycle enthusiast, my father, Tommy Ray Shipwash (TRS). I grew up always wanting to be in the garage with him, working on all kinds of motorcycles, cars, trucks, trailers and boats - it was one of his greatest passions, and you know they say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. At this point, my passion for starting a business in honor of my dad was one that just cannot be put to rest. So Kristin and I started this business, wanting our own motorcycles to “stand out” from the rest, something different, something unique, and we decided if we can imagine it why not create it? We believe a motorcycle should thrill and excite an owner or admirer even before the first rumble of the engine. It doesn’t matter what you ride, it doesn’t matter if you do not have a two-wheeled machine of your own, the only thing that matters is that you have passion for motorcycles and separating your ideas from the masses. When you buy from us, you are supporting an American made, small independent business run by motorcycle enthusiasts. And if you need to talk to us, there are humans, ones that ride motorcycles, on the other end of the line! Hit us up, let us know how we can help make your ideas a reality! Our reputation is built from your satisfaction, so quality and performance is our priority!”- Zachary
Owner name, location: Zachary and Kristin Shipwash Location: Thomasville, NC
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1972 Honda CB750K, chain oiler delete, starter delete, stock internals, dual aftermarket filters.
Frame: ‘70’s Amen Savior
Fork: 1974 Paul Durfee Girder
Chassis mods: Upgraded rear spring keepers to stainless steel and bronze, dog chain fork stops.
Tire/wheel size and style: Front is a 19” Invader wrapped with a 2.50x19” vintage style tire Rear is a 16” Invader wrapped with a 3.50x16” MKII
Favorite thing about this bike: The frame and the Ron Finch-inspired pawn light we made.
Next modification will be: Different coil mount, rear sprocket spacer, then ride it like we stole it
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc.: Ron Finch girl points cover, TRS sissy bar, finned tappet covers, and vintage Schwinn grips.
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: It was a family project from the beginning, our oldest daughter was always eager to help us with the build and restoring parts. Once completed she only wants to ride this bike and if it's a short ride she says “I thought we were going further.”
Thanks to:Cody Rountree for the paint, Aegis Armours for the powder coating, my killer wife for always being down to buy and build old bikes.-Zachary