I’ve never had much of a paternal instinct. Never saw myself with a big family or missing the bustle of a busy house. That all changed a bit last night.

I followed the link from the email tip and the first thing I noticed was the title “Home Built” and some quip about a dad buying his son a motorcycle, along with a still of the bike above.

“Oh boy, here we go,” I thought. “Some dude built a cafe racer for his kid and now we’re all supposed to tell him his cafe racer is different and better than all the other cafe racers.”

But, the boys over at Petrolicious know how to find and tell a good story, and I honestly wasn’t quite prepared for what I was about to watch.

Haven wasn’t trying to impress anyone except maybe a girl at school when he built the bike and he wasn’t asking to enter Deus’s Bike Build Off, he was just doing what hundreds of other motorcyclists do on a weekly basis and stopping by to look at some pretty bikes.


Haven and his dad Mark are doing it right, chasing whatever piques their interest next and doing it free from the pressure or goals of achieving anything in particular.

Now I can’t wait to help a little mini me find and chase what grabs his interest some day, and I sure do hope it’s motorcycles.


My girlfriend thanks you for the tip, Michael.

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