Working Class Hero: Funbro's Scott Towne


Scott Towne popped his cross-country chopper cherry in the early ‘90s on a CB550 he and his father prepped for the journey. His destination was a close friend’s wedding in Cambria, CA. The nuptials were a star-studded affair, with Academy Award-nominated film directors, groundbreaking graphic designers and celebrated journalists in attendance. Then there was Scott—a gifted renaissance man in his own right—revving up that olive green Honda in a polyester suit.

I witnessed Scott’s arrival at that swank Central California soiree, and instantly decided this corn belt BMXer was a badass. Nearly two decades later, “badass” still describes the way this husband, father, businessman and inveterate two-wheeled disciple lives life fully pinned in America’s heartland.

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Scott A. Towne

Age: 44

Hometown: Otsego MI



Spiritual home: Right up the street

Significant other(s): Wife and two small, kick-ass boys. Three dog night

Regular players in my riding crew: Lone Wolf mostly. A revolving crew of cyclists, otherwise, primarily pedal-powered



My job: Eastern Midwest sales rep for Sole Technology, which is the parent company of Etnies, Emerica and 'eS footwear, Altamont apparel and ThirtyTwo snowboard boots. I get to travel the Midwest and interact with mostly like-minded folks. Skateparks are a definite perk. They break up the highway time and keep me in motion. I am also the US Ad Sales Manager for DIG BMX magazine. I've never considered myself a "sales guy", but I can sell anything I believe in. The only jobs I've ever had have been in the bicycle and skateboard industries. Pretty stoked on that, especially considering how far removed I am, geographically, from said industries

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My passions: I try to maximize every minute of every day. I spend as much time as possible with my boys and work consumes a large percentage of each day, of course, but I definitely milk every minute. I am obsessed with wheeled vehicles. My whole life has been BMX (and I'm still all about it), but motorcycles have almost always been in the picture. I got my first motorcycle for my tenth birthday. I love motocross, enduro, speedway and especially flat track. I am constantly building choppers in my mind. I think I have a good perception of the motorcycle aesthetic. I know what a good bike looks like. I also know what I don't like. I analyze every motorcycle I see and instantly decide what changes need to be made. Unfortunately, I lack the finances and skill set to follow through on these mind-plans, so I'm left to make do with the resources I have. I can't weld (yet) and my quiver of motorcycles is filled with smaller, Japanese machines. My little hardtail bike is a ridiculous Suzuki TS 185 2-stroke. TS = Totally Stupid. When my two XS 650 projects are done, they will be the largest-displacement motorcycles I've owned. With the exception of welding, I do all fabricating myself, including trying to upholster seats, prep tubing for welding, etc. Sometimes it works and sometimes it sucks, but I always learn something.




My dream weekend, assuming money and time were elastic:

With the family:
I want our boys to experience everything. Maybe take them up in small plane, swimming in the ocean, a quick peak at the Grand Canyon (never been there myself), camping in the desert, four-wheeling in a big truck, cruising the highway in a Plymouth Roadrunner and lots of dirt bike action

With my friends:
BMX trails, camp out, drink beer by a fire


With my motorcycle buddies: Ride lots of miles on curvy roads, camp out, drink beer by a fire



My relationship with some important people, in 75 words or less:

Dad: 500 words or more might not cover it, but I love him dearly and respect him. Our relationship is somewhat strained, but fairly solid. I don't see him nearly enough. More time together in person might improve things



My boss: I don't really have a "boss". I have several "managers" I answer to on some level, but each day is really up to me. It can go either way. If I don't work I don't make any money. A.B.H. Always Be Hustlin'

My worst customer: My worst customer was once my best customer. It might come back around

Last thoughts: Live Life Every Day


Scott Towne's Deliverance Project/Funbro scroll

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Commented on 12-14-2009 At 07:14 am

Badass is right! Can I come over and play in your garage?

Commented on 12-14-2009 At 07:51 am

That 2 stroke looks fun. And the pic of riding by the house/cars is slick.

Commented on 12-14-2009 At 08:31 am

everybody watch the fuck out! the 2-strokers are coming for your daughters! we will take over!

Commented on 12-14-2009 At 09:18 am

Good Shit..."field too short need more characters"

Commented on 12-14-2009 At 09:27 am

That's awesome...I'm not afraid to admit jealousy at this point.

Commented on 12-14-2009 At 09:32 am

McGoo, you've done it again! I can't even begin to explain why I like this or why it is important. This is shit you would not see anywhere else. This is why other boards are failing, they fail to embrace what is cool or even take a chance to help define what cool is, if it varies from their very limited view (essentially mainstream view) of what is acceptable.

Scott is the reality, which makes him much cooler than the fantasy.

Great article.

~Rev Mike

Commented on 12-14-2009 At 10:05 am

Very cool !

Commented on 12-14-2009 At 11:18 am

Of Course!

Next Time your around try & give a little more notice than your at the baggage claim.

Commented on 12-14-2009 At 11:20 am

Great snow-bike!

Commented on 12-14-2009 At 11:25 am

Much respect!!!!!

Commented on 12-14-2009 At 04:18 pm

Thanks guys. I neglected to give props to Sean Newton for the Honda pics. I took the other meself.

Commented on 12-14-2009 At 05:16 pm

Known Scott for a long time. Solid guy all around. Has a nice blog he runs too...

Commented on 12-14-2009 At 09:25 pm

Im digging that little 185.

Commented on 12-14-2009 At 09:52 pm

yeeeaahhhhh homeboy. represent

Commented on 12-14-2009 At 10:02 pm

cool man, its good seeing people chop random jap bikes, two and four strokes alike, who gives a rats if its not traditional or british/american. Cool is cool.

Commented on 12-14-2009 At 10:25 pm

That little 185 is sick!!!

Commented on 12-15-2009 At 09:13 am

Very cool write up. That first pic with the CB by the house & cars is slick!

Commented on 12-16-2009 At 03:23 pm

inspiration all the way around!

Commented on 12-23-2009 At 07:11 am

Great write up, I'm really diggin that CB, you did a great job on it!

Commented on 2-14-2010 At 07:11 pm

Nice job, really awesome Brother!

Commented on 3-28-2010 At 11:35 pm

Glad design very nice so i really love it

Commented on 1-7-2011 At 01:38 am

I have seen this 185 floating around google for months and finally found who owns it. I have a 1972 Ts 185 and wanna do a few of the same things to my bike. Is there any way you could show a few more pics and some of the changes you made from the stock bike? This little ring ding really inspired me. Great job.

Commented on 1-7-2011 At 01:38 am

I have seen this 185 floating around google for months and finally found who owns it. I have a 1972 Ts 185 and wanna do a few of the same things to my bike. Is there any way you could show a few more pics and some of the changes you made from the stock bike? This little ring ding really inspired me. Great job.

Commented on 1-6-2015 At 09:30 pm

Man, I live just down the way from Otsego in Allegan. seeing some of your work is so inspiring because I haven't seen really any cool stuff out of the Michigan chopper scene until I saw your stuff.

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