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Lucky Wheels DIY Garage is Returning to Babes Ride Out 5

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Babes Ride Out is thrilled to welcome back Lucky Wheels Do It Yourself "Makeshift" Garage to Babes Ride Out 5 . They will be sending 2 lady mechanics from their garage to help out on site with heaps of tools . These guys can kinda do it all. Other than running a DIY garage in Downtown LA, they offer classes for maintenance, hold charity events, and also throw one hell of a camp out call the White Lighting Campout (Nov4-5th) Get to know Ty Neff, one of the Lucky Wheels founders and all around "nice guy" on today's blog. 

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Ty Neff: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Myself and best bud Jackson McGovern run Lucky Wheels Garage, a Do-It-Yourself Motorcycle Shop in Downtown Los Angeles


Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into motorcycling:
I grew up in Southeast Texas and was always surrounded by quads and dirt bikes. It was just a
part of life down there. I actually didn't ride much as a kid - I was into skateboarding and
setting things on fire.I started riding motorcycles after meeting Jackson while I was living in Austin for school. We had some old Honda CBs we rode around town and wrenched on constantly. Been hooked ever since. I used to work in the film industry as a grip and moved to LA to keep doing that. The motorcycle obsession kept getting bigger and we decided to start the DIY garage. Jackson moved out here and the rest is history.

Current bike(s) you’ve got & what modifications you’ve done:
My main bike right now is a 1972 HD Shovelhead chopper. I bought the frame and motor on
chopper swapper and put the rest of it together at Lucky Wheels over the course of a few
months last year. The frame has some rake to it and a bitchin’ old blue paint job so I didn't
see any reason to touch that. I did all the fab work on the bike in our shop which basically
boils down to the exhaust, made the sissy bar, seat pan, fender/tank mounts, brake hanger,
etc. I got the front end from Yoshi’s missing the rockers and top clamp so I made those as
well. The bars are some Pangea Speed pullbacks that I shortened and turned out to make
some little mini apes. There’s probably a dozen handmade little parts I made all over the bike
but too small to list. I made everything from stainless and polished it to avoid having to pay
for a bunch o chrome.


My other bike is a KTM 500EXC that’s pretty much bone stock, but I did vinyl wrap it in space
graphics and put an under glow kit on it.


Tell us about what you do and how you got into it and how long you’ve been doing it:
I run Lucky Wheels with Jackson 5 days a week in downtown LA. It’s a DIY motorcycle shop
where riders can pay a monthly membership fee for access to lifts and tools. We have 7 lifts,
tons of hand tools, and a full fabrication shop with a frame jig, sandblaster, MIG and TIG
welders, etc. Lucky Wheels acts not only as a workspace for wrenchers but also as a gathering point for motorcyclists in LA. We host parties, events, group rides etc. on a monthly basis so it’s a good place to hang even if you aren’t the type to twist wrenches.

Best moto route / camping trip you’ve ever been on:
We ride down to Baja every year around New Years and it never disappoints. Offroad or
highway, the riding is always killer, the people super nice, and the tacos delicious. Last year
we rode down to Bahia de Los Angeles and I think that’s my favorite Baja destination so far.

Images by : @oilandbones  @zachflash