Analog Motorcycles

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2015 was a very good year for Tony Prust of Analog Motorcycles and Analog Motor Goods out of Gurnee, IL. As Analog’s owner, creator and builder, Tony capped off his 7th year in business with the christening of a new work space; a new gallery; a new home-base for his self-named “land of forgotten toys”.

“Although we work with all makes and models of motorcycles from BMW and BSA, to Yamaha and Zundapp, we specialize in the unloved orphans. The ‘land of forgotten toys’ is our asylum, the misfits are the residents and we are the surgeons,” Prust explained.

Prust brought a skill set from past careers, his vivid imagination, and a desire to create to the motorcycle world. “My approach to design is simple – lighten it up, clean it up and fire it up.”

The same could be said for his workshop design and aesthetic. The building’s stark but refined brick exterior hides the inner workings of this bustling workshop. Just open the front door and you will find yourself in the “pre-op” area. Customer bikes and donor bikes awaiting their “turn on the surgery table” are housed here.

From the front foyer a second set of doors hide the true workspace, a place where Prust says “the magic happens.” This immense space houses multiple bikes in various stages of customization and repair, a machining and tool area, a trophy wall and what Prust calls a “dirty room” (and it is not what you’re thinking) — a room where sandblasters, polishers, buffers and sanders are housed and operated.

This place goes beyond the traditional toolboxes and bike stands – it has a cool factor that is unparalleled.

Enough of the talk – instead of reading a description of this place I am sure you want to SEE the Analog Motorcycles workshop. Your wish is our command; here is your front-row seat, just click on the video below. You’re welcome.

Ron Finch – Michigan

Workshop Hero Ace Ron Finch gave us a full video/photographic tour of his Michigan home-based workshop and studio. Finch, known for his custom motorcycle designs and unique metal fabrication, is equally known for his wildly-colored painting and artistic side. You won’t find your typical toolbox and wrenches here, this workshop/studio offers more to see than a small museum. Whether it be the neatly displayed array and disarray of collectibles found throughout the space, or the many steel sculptures, statues and other Ron Finch originals, seeing it is the only way you will believe it.

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For the bike lover in you, keep your eyes peeled for sights such as “Loophole,” a Harley with exhaust pipes sticking every which way or for “Double Cross,” an award-winning, custom bike built from rare and spare parts and intricate metal fabrication.

We could go on and on describing Finch’s workspace, but at Workshop Hero our thought is to let the photos do the talking. You want to SEE a cool-ass-workshop with your own eyes, not just read about it. So, without further ado, check this out.