Johnathan Clingenpeel of Speakeasy Original
Describe yourself in three words.
Inquisitive, ambitious, humble.
Three things you love.
My family, my motorcycle, and good times.
Three things you hate.
Fake people, Mondays, and hangovers.
Why the motorcycle industry?
It’s what I like to do and the people I like to surround myself with. It has some of the most down-to-earth people you’ll ever meet, except for the punks. You know who you are.
What is the future of the motorcycle industry?
A lot of people seem to be getting into the culture, so it’s only getting bigger and more diverse.
What is your greatest achievement?
It has to be my kids, but having a full-time job, running my company, and keeping the family happy is pretty exciting too.
What are your biggest regrets?
No regrets. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the combination of my good and bad decisions.
Who inspires you?
My closest friends whom I consider my brothers.
What was your first bike?
I think a Honda Rebel 400.
What is your all-time favorite bike?
My ’02 Softail.
What are you currently building?
On two wheels I am just customizing my ’08 H-D Street Glide, and on four I am finishing up my ’51 Ford shoebox.
Any last words?
Getting to meet cool people and make cool shit is why I started this. We appreciate all the support from everyone and hope to keep surprising people with rad designs. “It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ’n’ roll!”
I wouldn’t be where I am today without the combination of my good and bad decisions.”