Story and photo by Alan Dockery
There was a little sadness at the Easyriders Bike Show for some folks. One of the many motorcycles was there barely a week after the owner was buried. Robert Shane Newman, of Elkin, NC, passed away just before this year’s show.
But y’all know the best buddies also ride and will do what they can for you. So, a couple of Shane’s friends made sure his bike was in the show. Mark Cheek of Little Rebel Customs, and Rocky Bryant from Swan Creek, NC, hauled the bike to Charlotte.
“I built this bike for Shane to enter in last year’s Easyriders Bike Show,” Mark said. “He didn’t want to ride it until the show. But it snowed us out and lots of folks couldn’t make it to Charlotte. Last year he rode the bike and showed in a couple of local shows taking two best in show trophies.”
The first time I got to check out the bike that started as a 2009 1200 Sportster was at the Tilley H-D Statesville Summer Bash. Being a long-time race car fan I loved the paint job, done locally by Peter Weber.
“Shane had already registered for this year’s Easyriders Bike Show. One of his biggest goals was to have a bike in this show. So, we brought his bike,” Mark said.
“He will be missed. He was a good guy who grew up here, loved his family, and took care of his grandparents. He loved motorcycles and cars. He loved Sportsters. He was a big guy, 350 pounds, but loved his Sportsters. He also loved to cook and eat.”
I knew the unique paint scheme had to be someone who loved Ford GT-40 race cars in the old Gulf Oil colors. Shane told Mark, “I want a Sportster and gonna leave the build up to you, but it’s gotta be in the Gulf GT-40 paint scheme”. Now those colors will remind me of Shane, too.