2012 Heritage Cycles Chin Gon

There's Only One Chance to Make a First Impression

Model: Leah Juns

There is a famous saying that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. The ability to follow one’s passion as a career path is not only a goal in business, but in life. When Phil Kilburn and Brian Bakers decided to open up a bike shop, they chose the path set forth by their hearts first and their minds second.

Michele Kilburn helps to explain how the shop up in the hills came about. “Heritage Cycles was founded in March of 2011 and has quickly gained recognition in the motorcycle community. Founders Phil Kilburn and Brian Baker allowed their passion to dictate the direction of Heritage Cycles. Located at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, it also offers some of the best riding in upstate New York.”

But opening a shop is one thing, building bikes is something completely different. The two knew if they were going to make it in this business of fly-by-night bike shops, the first impression would be everything. “Chin Gon wasn’t going to be just any traditional build, it was the first build! So Dan and Brian met and discussed the mechanics of the bike. As Brian’s excitement grew in anticipation of building the first Heritage Cycles bobber, he realized he also needed to make it user friendly and inexpensive as possible. With everyone suffering a bit of economic distress, Heritage Cycles knew they could build a custom bike without breaking the bank. This was their opportunity to prove that.”

With a clear path ahead of them, they set out to make a roller into reality. It didn’t take long thanks to the experience and shared vision of them both. “The build took three months, mainly due to their excitement to get this badass ride on the road and it was up and running in no time complete with black shine and blazing gold inlay flames.”

Like two kids on Christmas morning, once the bike was done there was no stopping them from showing their built-up anticipation. Perhaps they got a little too excited as Michele explains, “Dan’s first ride was down Main Street in the sleepy Mayfield, New York, hollow. You see New York is a helmet law state. With all of Dan’s excitement he took off up the road with no helmet and no glasses! The first ride only lasted a short distance until he met the local state trooper waiting at the four corners for some would-be troublemaker. While Dan was embarking on his maiden voyage and grinning from ear to ear like Joker from Batman, the trooper was kind enough to simply ask ‘What the hell are you doing?’ Dan unwittingly waved to the cop and returned quickly to the shop, only to tell his buddies his new war story about his first ride.”


Owner Dan Hall
Shop Heritage Cycles
Shop Phone (518) 774-9298
Website heritagecyclesny.com
Year/Make/Model 2012/Heritage Cycles/Chin Gon
Fabrication Dan Hall/Brian Baker/Heritage Cycles
Build Time Four months
Engine H-D
Year/Type/Size 2012/S&S; Panhead/93 inch CID
Builder S&S;
Cases S&S;
Cylinders S&S;
Heads S&S;
Rocker Boxes S&S;
Cams S&S;
Throttle Body None
Air Cleaner S&S;
Exhaust V-Twin/Heritage Cycles
Year/Type 2012/Rev Tech 5 Speed Kicker
Gears Rev Tech
Clutch Tech Cycle
Primary Drive Tech Cycles
Year/Type 2012 Kraftech
Rake/Stretch 32 degree/2 up
Frontend Paughcho Springer
Length 3 over
Triple Trees  
Rear Shocks Rigid
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Builder/Size Harley
Tire/Size Metzeler 21-inch
Calipers P&M;
Rotors Harley
Builder/Size Harley
Tire/Size 150/90/16 Metzler
Caliper Harley Softail
Rotor Harley 11.5
Manufacturer PPG
Colors Black and Gold Leaf
Paint/Graphics Pete Morehouse
Plating/Polishing Powdertech Powdercoating powdertechinc.com
Powdercoating Powdertech Powdercoating
Rear Fender Bare Knuckle Choppers/Heritage Cycles
Gas Tank Sporster Modified Heritage Cycles
Handlebars Drag Specialties
Grips Yesterdays Machine
Mirrors Jay Brake
Hand Controls Joker/Yesterdays Machine
Foot Controls Yesterdays Machine
Headlight Drag Specialties
Taillight Drag Specialties
Turn Signals Drag Specialties
License Mount Heritage Cycles
Seat Dave Theobald Leathers