Garage Company’s Speed Boy Special Shovelhead
How Formula 1 racer Michael Schumacher gets down on two wheels
What motorcycle do you ride when you’re one of the greatest Formula 1 racers of all time? If you’re the great Michael Schumacher—the only driver in history to win seven Formula 1 World championships, five of them in a row—apparently you pilot this Ferrari Red Garage Company Shovelhead. Christened the “Speed Boy Special,” the bike was created by Yoshi Kosaka’s shop in a little under a month from just some parts he had lying around. When your motorcycle shop doubles as a parts hoarder’s wet dream (like the Garage Company), though, you can make something this amazing with a fair degree of flexibility.
The heart of the Speed Boy Special is an 80-inch Shovelhead set in a rigid frame. Yoshi’s shop had to rebuild the mill to make it run but seeing as how it’s a legendary car racer’s ride, said powerplant got a few upgrades along the way, like S&S rods and KB pistons. It’s mated to a four-speed tranny connected to a Primo clutch and primary, which sends power to the 16-inch wheel and Firestone tire out back.As for that gorgeous Ferrari Red paint, well, you have Jim’s Cycle Painting and Bob Iverson to blame. With a racing record like Schumacher’s, I’m guessing Ferrari was all too happy to let him fly its colors on his ride.