1. On to the next one

    Category: Fabricating

    ... we last talked to motorcycle builder Bryan Stalcup, he had just appeared on Discovery Channel Canada’s “The Daily Planet” to talk about The Transformer, his second major motorcycle build in just two years. ...
    Thursday, 14 February 2013
  2. Bike Week 2012

    Category: Fabricating

    ... Stalcup, custom fabricator, Big Hubless. Bryan Stalcup’s newest bike transforms a concept into a custom creation. Marix Stone casts custom motorcycle gas tank/fender moldings from aluminum. Jody ...
    Monday, 06 August 2012
  3. Trial and error

    Category: Fabricating

    Fabricator Bryan Stalcup starts anew with his second hand-built bike, the Transformer Fabricator Bryan Stalcup starts anew with his second hand-built bike, the Transformer August 2012 - Discovery Channel ...
    Thursday, 02 August 2012
  4. Bryan Stalcup

    Category: Custom Fabricator

    Custom Fabricator: Bryan Stalcup Plumber Bryan Stalcup fabricated the Big Hubless chopper completely from scratch using scrap yard finds. Big Hubless Plumber Bryan Stalcup fabricated the Big Hubless ...
    Thursday, 02 February 2012
  5. Custom Fabricator

    Category: Custom Fabricator

    ... SAMUI and his team fabricated the Warrior sculpture using welding equipment, blades, hammers and plasma cutters. Big Hubless Plumber BRYAN STALCUP fabricated the Big Hubless chopper ...
    Wednesday, 25 January 2012
  6. No blueprint, no problem

    Category: Plasma Technology

    Bryan Stalcup’s newest bike transforms a concept into a custom creation Bryan Stalcup’s newest bike transforms a concept into a custom creation August 2011 - Last August, Bryan Stalcup entered ...
    Wednesday, 05 October 2011
  7. Real American values

    Category: Blog

    ... the country. Our unique style of personal interviews interspersed with on-location, raw footage lets viewers see real people using tools of the trade. Log on to FFJTV.com and learn about Bryan Stalcup, ...
    Monday, 09 August 2010

Big Hubless – What a Ride!

This past summer, Metabo made a stop at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, an American motorcycle convention held annually in Sturgis, South Dakota.  While there, we got to meet hundreds of people from around the country who are passionate about their bikes – passionate about how they look and passionate about how they perform.


One of the most intriguing and interesting people we met was Bryan Stalcup, master plumber by day, talented bike craftsman by night (and whatever other free time he can manage).  Bryan’s story is an interesting one. The first time he ever attempted to build a bike was in 2009.  Stalcup reminisces, “Three years ago, I decided I wanted to create a bike with a rear wheel sans hub or axle that would sit on an industrial machine bearing. I had never done anything like this before. I am not a fabricator, but it was something I wanted to try.  The only trouble was I had to find a place to get the bearing I needed as well as other parts of the bike.  I decided to go to a local metal scrap yard and look around. I wasn’t disappointed.”


Picking through the scraps and using his hands-on problem-solving skills honed as a tradesman, the Arlington, Texas native was able to garner enough materials to create Big Hubless, an award-winning, custom ride, fabricated from metal and scraps found at the scrap yard.


“Between working and keeping up with the schedule of my daily life, it took me a little over a year to complete the bike.  Upon completion, I decided to enter it into the 2010 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Garage Shop Fabricator Contest, where Big Hubless won first place.”  Big Hubless was chosen as the first-place winner because the bike had the most custom fabricated work of any bike entered into the contest.


“There were no plans, no drawings, nothing to work from.  Everything on Big Hubless was trial and error.  I just sort of taught myself along the way.  Picking and choosing tools that I knew would work for my application,” explains Stalcup.


Much of Big Hubless is rounded so there was a lot of grinding and welding done on the bike.  “I used Metabo’s pipe and tube belt sander on much of the bike to create a smooth, presentable finish. The tool was perfect to blend the Big Hubless curves- it’s lightweight, easy to use and got the job done fast. I’ll continue to use it on all of my projects and I’m hoping to try one of Metabo’s grinders next to round out my grinding and finishing arsenal. You have to have the best tools to make the best bike.”


Because of his success with Big Hubless, Stalcup has been featured on Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet and is in the process of working on his next masterpiece “The Transformer”, a motorcycle with an extending front and back end that stretches out and drops down, fully controlled by the rider.  The bike has gone through some growing pains, but Stalcup is taking his time.  He has his sights set on the ‘Builder’s Choice Award’ this time.


Look for Bryan and Metabo at future Sturgis events. If you have used a Metabo tool in your custom work, we would love to hear from you!



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The acclaimed Big Hubless motorcycle, built from scrap by self-taught fabricator Bryan Stalcup, is on display in the Innovation Gallery at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History from Nov. 15 through Jan. 12, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.

But Stalcup didn’t take the conventional route to get his bike on display—in fact, it was by sheer coincidence. Stalcup, a plumber by day, was called to a job at the home of a man named Van Romans. “I did a water heater for him, and was at his house for hours. We talked for a while about what I do, and then I showed Van a picture of my bike,” Stalcup says.  

After marveling at Stalcup’s work, Romans told him he’d love to have Big Hubless in his museum. 

“I asked him, ‘What museum is that?’”

It turned out Roman is the director of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

When Stalcup got home, he began polishing up Big Hubless as he did for the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building in 2012. He brought it to the museum in a trailer in November. It’s now on display, accompanied by an explainer on how he build the bike, including photos of Stalcup using Metabo tools. At the beginning of the exhibit, Stalcup fielded questions for three days from visitors.

“I had one lady who brought her autistic child, and he wanted to be an inventor. I tried to show him he could do anything he wants if he puts his mind to it,” he says. “I had never done anything like this before, but I wanted to prove a point that you can actually do anything you want to.”

For information on the Big Hubless exhibit and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, go towww.fortworthmuseum.org.


click video below to see it transforming, i will buy a better actuator later.
Backend transforming  the front goes out too
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