Craftmanship is all about the details for custom motorcycle builder Colt Wrangler Lyons. “It’s about pushing the limits and never being satisfied. I may be happy with a result—but I’m never satisfied,” he says in his workshop in New Braunfels, Texas. “The stuff I’m building now, I wanted to build five years ago. I just didn’t have the skills yet.” The shop is tidy and almost as eclectic as Colt, who plays drums in a country-rock band and rides bucking bulls in the rodeo in his limited spare time. Clint Eastwood posters, Catholic prayer candles, and riding boots line the walls while parts and machines fill up the rest of the space.
Native to Central Texas and the younger son of two former professional bull-riders, Colt is no stranger to motorcycles and firearms. Colt recalls his introduction to bikes, riding on the back of his father’s motorcycle when he was thirteen years old. “To be honest, I was super scared, which is so funny now looking back,” he laughs. “And my older brother, Tyger, and I were always tinkering with things and making toy guns.”