Round And Round | A Little Time With Performance Machine
After you’ve purchased a custom set of wheels for your motorcycle, there’s probably not much thought that goes into how your brand new spinners came to be. There is so much involved when manufacturing custom wheels. From the CNC machining, to the anodizing, chroming, and polishing treatments, to the rigorous testing involved for quality control, there are many necessary steps taken in order to achieve the utmost in wheel integrity.
Custom motorcycle wheel magnate Performance Machine (PM) has been cutting billet since 1970 when its first facility opened its doors in Paramount, California. Fast forward to 2011, PM continues to thrive as a leader in custom motorcycle parts manufacturing, most notably custom wheels, brake components, hand and foot controls, primary drives, and beyond, becoming a household name among all custom motorcycle enthusiasts. A few years ago PM stepped up the motorcycle wheel game when it developed its Contrast Cut line of motorcycle parts, which became a giant success with consumers. The Contrast Cut process takes a black anodized blank—be it a wheel or brake caliper—and machines one of its specific, cutting-edge patterns into the blank exposing the raw aluminum for well, a contrasting finish. As the originator, PM has a trademark on Contrast Cut finish. This just gives you an idea of how PM continues to innovate within the motorcycle industry. Recently, PM acquired Xtreme Machine Wheels and has taken over all manufacturing operations of that brand.
Recently PM held an open house to celebrate more than 40 years in business and to welcome and thank dealers for their continued support over the years. We stopped in for a quick tour of PM’s state-of-the-art facility, and Kelli Murrow, PM’s sales and marketing manager, allowed us to snap some pics of the different processes in which PM manufactures and tests its wheels. HB
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