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The big reveal…. Dorothy’s new duds!

How do you go from the box at the left to the first Brammo Enertia ever to have custom paint? Well, when you know someone like Jason Sarratt from Hellcat Customs, it’s really easy to do. Here is what Jason said about the job I put before him. He calls it “the story of the work” and I couldn’t say it better so, I didn’t!

“Ok, I’m not very good talking to large groups of people… I prefer to be a silent hidden force behind making things better. I’m also an artist, which means I’ve never done anything I felt was good enough and I’ve always completed things not with a feeling of accomplishment but the thought of how next time I could improve…a emotional flaw that tends to drive my loved ones nuts. I always do well, but, I never feel I did enough…an artist sickness I guess.
Judy asked me to help her do a tribute bike honoring a hero of hers… and now one of my lil girls as well. The subject matter was Dot Robinson, a woman who all you women in motorcycling should thank, for without what she did you all would still not be accepted in racing or being on the front seat.
God always has a funny way of testing me, pushing me and often just seems to laugh at me, this project was no exception. Judy and others helped get my shop back up and running after some of the speed bumps in life almost made me give up on the shop all together. When she asked me to do this I was honored.  Unfortunately, the shop not only came back but it boomed so much that I was working 7 days a week trying to fight to get deadlines met and Judy patiently waited. When Judy and I had our first phone conversation a few weeks back I agreed to make sure she had her finished parts back by the 15th for some promo work she wanted to do to support the fabulous company that created the electric scoot and my paint was to show the world electric bikes can be cool customs too. A storm came through AZ a week or so later, so quick and so unlike AZ weather…in 18 years I’ve never seen hail in Phoenix. At the shop there was more than 100 grand worth of damage done to some very high-end cars, but what I worried about was the lil electric bike. I did what I could to hide some of the lil flaws in the custom mixed pink paint but pearls are almost impossible to fix on the fly so I did what I could to hide it from the camera lens and your average onlooker. The parts looked like they would work so Kerry, my partner, made me pack and ship them. My kid helped pack them up and we sent them out FedEx. Pink is not a base coat color offered in color swatches. Judy asked me to match a pink envelope she received a thank you letter from Kelly in after she helped us so much. The letter meant something to Judy and the color she felt would be perfect.I decided to toss in some airbrushed highlights on the pink and covered it with a white pearl so that the bike would appear to glow, even when the sun doesn’t shine just like the bikes owner. Judy asked me to make sure to put Brammo back on the plastic, Brammo even sent me a letter with decals in several colors for the job. I will put one on my tool box I guess being I chose to not use them on this project. I decided I loved the “bull” logo the company started using, so in dark pink I put that logo on the side. The bull is a strong powerful organic image yet the symbol doesn’t tell you the name…I thought it would inspire folks to ask the owner what the symbol means and would make them learn about the bike rather than just reading a name and moving on. People need to know what it is… why it is and learn more than just the name Brammo. They need to have curiosity lead them to education from an owner and fan, not just a name they see in the news.On one panel is the free-handed image of Dot herself, with her leather pilot’s head-gear and goggles. I also wrote DOT above, just as Dot had on her sidecar racers. The next panel was partially taken from a photo of Dot racing her sidecar and had a man pushing her out of a rut…I deleted the man, cause she didn’t need a mans help. I also put her in a night wooded environment to show the unsure dangerous environment she powered through to become the godmother of motorcycles.The lower panel on the other side is a shield with the “Motor Maids Inc” logo, which I’ll prob get in trouble for using…This is one of Dots accomplishments. She helped found the female club which later turned into an Inc. Dot and her sisters changed the motorcycle world with small steps.The panel above that has the AMA logo, a checkered flag, and a trophy. Dot was a major competitor in a MAN’s sport during a time where the glass ceiling was a lot lower, women always wore dresses, and had nothing more to look forward to than to settle down and have children and a man’s house to care for. Not this one. She dawned leather boots and coats, straddled a bike and out rode the men who looked down on her over and over. She earned a place in AMA’s hall of fame and is an icon in the world of racing and american motorcycles…its really not enough considering all she did. 

To all you women out there!
When you see this lil electric bike I lovingly call a “Re-cycle” stop and look. Kneel down and look at the artwork. Stare into the eyes of the portrait I tried to do justice to and say “Thank You Dot”. Thank Judy for not only educating you on the future of two-wheeled transportation and environmental improvement, but also thank her for introducing you to Dot… Without Dot you wouldn’t be riding Harleys or racing with the boys. Judy is an inspiration all her own. That could be another story from me. But for now just know I did what I could to do Dot and Judy justice…even though I may not be happy because of the slings and arrows that caused me stress and flaw I pushed on doing what I could with what I had just like Dot! It’s not perfect just yet, but I beat the clock, won the race against time and Dot and Judy’s efforts were the inspiration behind getting it done and continuing to push for perfection in my craft.”  Amen, Jason!! Amen!
If you know someone like Jason, you can get the kind of work that will have my Enertia showing up in magazines and becoming a star! So… here is the big reveal…if you were here, it would take your breath away!

This is where Dorothy lives with the '06 HD Road King and the Honda dirt bike.

This is where Dorothy lives with the '06 HD Road King and the Honda dirt bike.

She is in some really good company!

"Dr Dave" Murray pulled her out into the driveway

He put on gloves and laid his coat on the ground for her.

He was nearly done but a good job can not be rushed

And then she was done! Absolutely gorgous!!

Dorothy’s first outing will be tomorrow night when we attend our club meeting for the TNC Motorcycle Club here in Beaverton, Oregon.  Everyone is very anxious to see the final result of all Jason’s efforts. And, I am anxious to show her off.

I want to thank everyone that followed this story. This isn’t the end but, just the beginning. Jason and I have more ideas and there may be more to tell. Dorothy will be going to the “Vegas Bike Week” in 2011 so Jason can show his efforts in supporting the new wave E-motorcycles. We will be showing the world that you can do custom paint on the new E-V’s as well as you can with the ICE bikes. If we can talk Brammo into allowing us, Jason is planning to do a GREEN custom modification, not just paint, on an Enertia, also for the “Vegas Bike Week”. We can show the world that E-motorcycles are closer to being like the ICE bikes than those doubters out there think!! So, stay tuned because there are lots more to come and we hope you will stay for the ride ahead.

A very special thank you goes out to Jason’s lovely pink haired woman, Kelly (@FieryPinkGirl on Twitter) and his sweet little daughter, the Monkey! You guys have been so wonderful and I love you like crazy! But, mostly to the artistic efforts of Jason, himself!

Lady Godiva on wheels…looking at my bike and swelling up with pride.  She is so beautiful!

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12 Responses to “The big reveal…. Dorothy’s new duds!”


  1. October 19, 2010 at 3:29 am

    Looks great! Nice paint and story from @hellcatcustoms!!

  2. October 19, 2010 at 10:48 am

    So very cool. I want to see it in person!

    • October 21, 2010 at 5:51 am

      So does Ms.Brammofan!! Anytime you’re in the area, look us up. Dorothy is always willing to pose for the camera.

  3. October 19, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Two thumbs up on Jason’s work! Very, very impressive. I also will look forward to seeing Dot in person, Judy. Kudos!

    • October 21, 2010 at 5:50 am

      We will be down, darlin!! I promise to give you an up close and personal look at the great artwork!

  4. October 20, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Great job and even greater story! Really enjoyed Jase’s comments in your blog post and the new look Enertia! Look forward to seeing more of this e-motorcycle!

    • October 21, 2010 at 5:49 am

      Jason really is a master! He did Dorothy up right… she will be a star one day. You watch. There is lots more to tell and I will write about it all. Thanx for stoppin by!!

  5. October 21, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Really awesome. 🙂
    Susie

  6. November 10, 2010 at 10:36 am

    It looks great. What to say …. “Congrats!”

    • November 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm

      Thanx, my friend. She gets a lot of attention!


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