Garage Builder: Kristina Furlong
Long Beach, Ca
2010 Bonneville T100 / 1959 Zundapp Super Sabre
British Customs: When did you start riding?
Probably around 17 years old (I would steal my dad's old Honda 70 and cruise to my friends' houses).
What was your first bike?
1979 Bonneville T-140. I owned it for 1 month before it caught fire on the side of the road. It's really too bad. I loved that thing. Her name was Ariel 😢
What is your background/interest in motorcycle customization? Family hobby, self-taught, trained pro, etc?
My dad was a true garage builder. He built around 26 bikes in his life, and I watched him do it growing up. He had a bunch of vintage bikes. Some of which included Triumphs, Nortons, BSAs, Ducatis, and Zundapps to name a few. He is very sick now and in a board and care, so my mom had to sell most of his collection. I own his 1959 Zundapp Super Sabre that he built. It was his favorite bike from his youth. Everything about that motorcycle reminds me of him; the look, the sound, the smell. With that said, motorcycle customization for me is personal. It should be a reflection of you and how you envision it emboding all those qualities like my dad's old Zundapp. When I look at my Triumph I remember all the great trips I've had on it, how it looked during that one memorable sunset, or the way my pipes make such a pleasant hum on the open road at a generous speed. Customization of your motorcycle makes your bike truly yours.
What is your inspiration when wrenching on or designing your bike?
I love vintage bikes, mostly because they remind me of my dad, and that's why I love Triumphs so much. My bonnie has a classic look that I love but with new technology and engineering all in one. Fuel injection is a girl's best friend 💁🏼
What things outside of motorcycling inspire you?
I am an operating room nurse so I see tons of people coming in and out of surgery for all different reasons. Some patients have terminal cancer, some have been in a horrific accident, some have congenital defects, and the list goes on. With that said, my line of work moves me to really try to enjoy every single day I have on this Earth. Taking care of these patients have showed me that life is very valuable and I want to do things that bring me joy and makes me feel alive and grateful for everything I have. So I think it's safe to say that people inspire me. I also like art, dogs, nature, and traveling. All the regular stuff 🤓.
What are your goals in the coming year?
I really want to ride through the Pacific Northwest. Or to Austin, Texas. That would be fun.