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BIKE CHECK WITH AXEL MERCIER

@axel_mercier

Hey, I’m Axel Mercier @axel_mercier
I make tattoos at Thunderhead tattoo @thunderheadtattoo
I also build choppers and chopper parts at my shop Axelerator cycles and fabrication. My tattoo shop and cycle shop/garage are both part of the same building. So it’s pretty awesome. I make some tats and wrench on some bikes daily. It’s for sure my happy space.. haha. Also I share the garage workspace with Wes Slayton of Custom Destruction.

I’ve built and owned and sold quite a few bikes in my time..
My main squeeze is currently my 1959 Panhead long chop..
I love her very much ha..

Favorite parts to point out :
Leopard print paint on the tank haha
Also an old police microphone as a tail light
The handmade brass foot pegs and hand shift knob which also has a New York City subway token attached to the top ...

I’ve experienced some super cool stuff on two wheels and am thankful for it... I’ve seen the sunset in California while riding through the hills and valleys east of LA...
I’ve smashed every bridge in NYC after 1 am.. survived the BQE on a weekly basis haha..
Ridden from North Carolina to Maine and back again..
All on a rigid old chop..
Some of the best roads that stick in my mind right now was in the Virginia mountains last year at an amca chapter sponsored ride..
I just really love riding
Especially in the mountains

I really wanna ride from NC to LA
Then up to San Fran then back again...
Gonna happen soon I hope, when I finish the 55 Pan I’m building ..
My dream ride is to get my Pan across the pond and ride all over Europe ...

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