Steve Milward is the owner of Fatman Custom Motors out of Brentwood, New Hampshire. He just relocated his shop so I thought it was a perfect time to shed light on him and his ever-growing business. Enjoy!
Photos by Matty Winslow
Tell our readers a little bit about yourself:
Steve: My name is Steve Milward. I'm the owner/operator of Fatman Custom Motors, a full-service custom motorcycle, and car shop.
When did motorcycles come into your life?
Steve: Motorcycles have always been a part of my life. I come from a family that wrenches and rides, and the dream of owning my own shop first started when I was 10 years old watching guys like Indian Larry and Paul Cox on TV.
How long have you been riding?
Steve: 14 years? I've been riding my ‘89 Sportster for 11 of those years.
When did you open Fatman Custom Motors?
Steve: It became Fatman Custom Motors in 2016, originally working nights and weekends out of an 8x10 steel shed. Before that, we focused more on cars, under the name SDM Customs.
Do you have any employees? If yes, what are their roles?
Steve: I have 2 employees. Emma, my better half, is a full-time apprentice, learning everything from fixing cars and bikes to how to run a business. My second employee is Joe works part-time as our welder/fabricator and motorcycle mechanic.
What types of services do you provide?
Steve: If it has wheels, we can fix it or customize it--anything from an oil change all the way up to a full build, whether that be a chopper, bobber, hotrod, or even your grandma's Civic!
How many hours in a typical week do you spend in your shop? Is this more or less than in past years?
Steve: We're here about 60 hours a week in the winter, and upwards of 80 in the summer. Since being full-time it's always been about the same.
What would you consider a perfect day away from the shop?
Steve: Spending pretty much all day on the bike, then sitting around the campfire at night, and falling asleep in the tent with Emma.
Photo by Pittsburg Moto
How did it feel having your bike showcased at the Glory Daze Motorcycle Show?
Steve: It's a pretty wild feeling. Having a bike on the same show floor as someone as talented as Christian Newman is a pretty mind-blowing experience. I think the best part was watching people figure out my hand clutch/hand shift mechanism. I can't thank Kurt and Alexa enough for the experience and it was an honor to be part of such a well-put-together show.
Photo by Pittsburg Moto
Do you plan on vending or attending any events this year?
Steve: We sponsored and attended Backroad BBQ Run May 6-8 in Trenton, NC, and attended Wild Rabbit May 14, in Cambridge, MA, and of course Deadbeat Retreat. You can probably also find us at any other local shows or events that pop up.
Anything else you'd like to share?
Steve: Make sure to come to visit us at our new location at 183 Rt 125 in Brentwood, NH. There are bigger and better things in store with more room for cars, bikes, and activities.
Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
Steve: I could go on forever, but I'll keep the list short: my brother from another mother Fred Elwell aka @loctiteschopshop for helping us find the new bigger shop space and for always having my back, Joey aka @lowjoecycles for always driving up an hour after his day job to bail me out when I need him and putting in Saturdays away from his family, my folks for always supporting me in my goals, and I want to thank my baby girl for literally being by my side through every up and down and always loving and supporting me.
Big thanks to Steve and Matty for helping me with this feature. Be sure to follow Fatman Custom Motors on Facebook and Instagram for updates and to schedule a service or two. Cheers, Lisa