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Q&A With Builder Yosemite Sam Radoff

Hot Bike - - Contents - WORDS: MARK MASKER PHO­TOS: YOSEMITE SAM RADOFF

The self-ex­iled badass is a cliché char­ac­ter found in ev­ery ac­tion genre of film­mak­ing. Whether it’s Clint East­wood’s Wil­liam Munny in

The Un­for­given or Luke Sky­walker in The Force Awak­ens, some­body’s al­ways dis­ap­pear­ing only to have some­one or some­thing force them back into the game. “Yosemite” Sam Radoff is a bit like that. Back in the 1960s and ’70s he was one of the coolest cus­tom car and bike builders in the Mid­west, if not the coun­try. Even­tu­ally, he closed up shop when busi­ness slowed down, and now, thanks to In­sta­gram and Face­book, he’s let the world know he ain’t dead yet. Only in­stead of ex­il­ing him­self to the Hi­malayas or some Jedi planet in ga­lac­tic BFE, he’s gone some­where a bit closer to home: Canada. Right around the time we started see­ing more and more of his cool old pho­tos from way back posted on In­sta­gram, he looked us up to see if we wanted to run a story on him. We jumped at the chance. Here’s what he had to tell us.

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