Mike McFadden, chief, cook and bottle washer, of M&M Customs motorcycle fabrication shop has paved his way to success one customized bike at a time. Operating under the mantra “go with your gut,” McFadden has a track record that proves his gut is a force to be reckoned with.
Company / Workshop:
Motorcycle builder / fabricator / customizer
When it comes to working on bikes – paintwork.
Just The Dirt:
Your life story in 5 sentences
I’m 47 years old, self taught, very competitive, and driven. I lost my best friend and mom in my early 20’s to cancer. My mom instilled in me the confidence to try anything and not to be afraid to fail. I take pride in knowing my projects are taken from concept to the finished product by myself. I love to show what can be done with normal everyday tools and drive.
Who is your role model/hero?
In the motorcycle world I tend to sway towards the old timers like Burt Munro, The World’s Fastest Indian. I just love the old timers who made gold out of a turd.
In the racing world it would be a local young man named Nicky Hayden, named the Kentucky Kid, who has won just about everything you can on a bike. Knowing the family and the heart and love they have put into their sport and getting to the top is just something that would inspire anyone. It’s really cool seeing how tight they are as a family and grounded in the community.
What’s cool is I’m actually restoring a 1969 Honda S90 the boy’s bought for Earl (Nicky’s dad) as a 69th birthday present. It was the first bike he owned. Metal Rescue is getting a workout as we speak on some of those irreplaceable parts.
Every movie has a soundtrack. What songs would be in a movie about your life?
“Livewire” by Motley Crue, “Times Like These” by Foo Fighters, “Like I Roll” by Black Stone Cherry, “Ain’t My Last Dance” by Five Finger Death Punch, and “If You’re Gonna Be Dumb, You Gotta Be Tough” by Roger Alan Wade.
If you were on a deserted island, and could only bring 3 things, what would they be?
My MP3 player with Foo Fighters discography, one of those 110 flavor soda machines like at the fast food joints, and a satellite phone to get the hell off the island.
New boots or new tires? Why?
Tires, then I know I have a way to get to where I’m going to make some money for some new boots.