We, as young boys, always have superheroes we look up to, but often the first hero we ever encounter is our loving father, who instills his passion into us. That is exactly how Zach and Jake Hindes saw their father growing up around his passion for hot rods and motorcycles, which was not only a hobby, but a way of life. Their father would drag the boys around to car shows almost every weekend, which kick-started the boys’ passion for hot rods and the custom culture. Zach and Jake began their love for motorcycles like most of us, on dirt bikes, but that was just the start Their love for two wheels transformed their passion from weekend cars shows to deciding to work side-by-side and venture into the custom bike-building world. They developed a liking for the café racer-style of bikes early on, and with a Honda CB350 in the garage, the birth of Prism Supply Co. was in full effect. They went full-on with designing and fabricating parts around the café style and not long after, they had become well known within the scene. It wasn’t long before they were fabricating and designing parts for customers and friends. As time went on, they developed a new hunger for the vintage Harley, and moved forward with building some killer custom builds. This is testament that no matter how young you are, always follow your desire and dreams, set goals, and keep moving forward until you make those dreams reality.
Prism’s bikes have shaken the custom motorcycle world with some of the best builds to date. They have a unique style, which elevates around sprint cars, hot rods, and 40’s inspired motorcycles. The Hindes boys, from day one, wanted to create a style of bike that could easily be identified as a Prism Supply Co. build. They have definitely accomplished that and so much more, especially when they were invited to Born Free 8 to showcase their work at one of biggest custom motorcycle shows on the planet.
The first thing on the agenda was to decide on the style of bike they would build for the show. They found some 1940’s Knucklehead cases and decided that would be start of the powerplant for the build. They agreed to build a bike that had a twist of 40’s-style motorcycles and sprint cars they love so much. Zach and Jake decided to build the frame, frontend, and other parts strictly using stainless steel. Zach took on the task of welding up the frame, while Jake machined the neck and axle plates to complete the cage so that they could get a roller completed. Jake then turned his attention to building a springer frontend inspired by the early Harley peashooter design. Jake used stock rockers and springs, but narrowed his legs two inches and shortened it ¾ of an inch to accomplish the end result. Zach focused on the sheetmetal and fabricated the split gas tanks and oil bag with the original vision of the 40’s style. The exhaust was designed using an X pipe and runs inside the frame, which again was inspired by the sprint cars of the early years. All other key components of the build were completed as they steamrolled forward with the build. They were dead set on keeping the frame and frontend raw to showcase their welding and fabrication craftsmanship, which was more than accomplished. The build came together fairly easy, but not without many late hours and long nights.
Zach and Jake had the bike complete and the next agenda was to decide on paint and design for the sheet metal. Both agreed that the paint design and color was a struggle, but decided on blue with some gold leafing. The overall design was accomplished by using old 40’s inspired hot rod flames. Zach and Jake pulled off the paint scheme, which they describe as motorcycle meets Indy car meets hot rod. With final assembly on its way, the bike was completed well before their voyage to Born Free 8.
Jake and Zach made it to Born-Free and were honored to be along so many talented builders’ creations. They both agree that the highlight of the show was hanging out and partying with all the other builders at the hotel, and of course having their bike showcased as invited builders. The long road leading up to the show was an amazing experience in their opinion and a highlight in their early careers. They are still humbled and honored to have been given the Founders Choice award for their amazing bike, which was presented by Mike and Grant.
Photo Credit: Rob Pryce
Owner name, location: Jake & Zach Hindes
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Engine, year and make, model, modifications: Stock 74" 1941 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead
Frame: Single downtube made by Prism
Fork: Pea-shooter style frontend made by Prism
Chassis mods: De-raked about 7°. The neck is in and down about 1"
Tire/wheel size and style: 19" Star wheels. Coker/ Firestone Tires
Favorite thing about this bike: Overall aggressive stance
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: The tanks are handmade (The left side is oil and the right side is gasoline). Taillights are located in the rear seat cowl. The floorboards pivot for braking and clutching. Stainless x-pipe exhaust.
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: It was truly an honor being invited to the best show in the world for vintage Harley's!
Thanks to the whole Prism Crew, Born-Free for the opportunity, Butcherchop crew, Bens V-twin, Tuki for the paint, and many more!
Once again, they have been invited to showcase another Prism Supply Co. build at Born-Free 9 and have a few new tricks up their sleeves, which will be inspired by the 60’s chopper scene. As you can imagine, this build, like their others, will likely be a jaw-dropping spectacle to be be appreciated by all. Keep your eyes peeled for the progression of this build once it’s up and moving forward.
Zach and Jake would like to thank their family and friends for all of the ongoing support, ChopCult for their ongoing support to builders and enthusiasts alike, and mostly to Mike and Grant for the opportunity to showcase their work and creations at one of the best motorcycle shows on earth.
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Article by Jason Ochoa / Photos by Rob Pryce