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Custom bike builder Bruce McQuiston

succumbs to a new obsession.




MOVING PARTS

Custom bike builder Bruce McQuiston succumbs to a new obsession
 



by Chaz / Guys Who Dare to LIV / April 05, 2018


MOVING PARTS

Custom bike builder Bruce McQuiston

succumbs to a new obsession.


It’s another brilliant, blue-sky day in Miami, but Bruce McQuiston, founding designer and fabricator at Moto-Studio, couldn’t care less — "Miami is not a great place for riding."

If he’s throwing shade, we’ll let him. His bespoke motorcycle shop, tucked away in a warehouse along the Miami River, began so he could indulge his love for bikes uninterrupted. He’s in his own lane here, one of only 5 or 6 shops in the country building at this caliber.

“One day, a racing client saw a bike that I was building just for myself. He put up the money with another client to get Moto-Studio started.

"Ultimately, Moto-Studio became a channel for me to interact with motorcycles without actually having to ride them.”

Suddenly, we're grateful for Miami's sweltering heat, potholes and walls of traffic.

It’s another brilliant, blue-sky day in Miami, but Bruce McQuiston, founding designer and fabricator at Moto-Studio, couldn’t care less — "Miami is not a great place for riding."  

If he’s throwing shade, we’ll let him. His bespoke motorcycle shop, tucked away in a warehouse along the Miami River, began so he could indulge his love for bikes uninterrupted. He’s in his own lane here, one of only 5 or 6 shops in the country building at this caliber.

“One day, a racing client saw a bike that I was building just for myself. He put up the money with another client to get Moto-Studio started.

"Ultimately, Moto-Studio became a channel for me to interact with motorcycles without actually having to ride them.”

Suddenly, we're grateful for Miami's sweltering heat, potholes and walls of traffic.

It’s another brilliant, blue-sky day in Miami, but Bruce McQuiston, founding designer and fabricator at Moto-Studio, couldn’t care less — "Miami is not a great place for riding."  

If he’s throwing shade, we’ll let him. His bespoke motorcycle shop, tucked away in a warehouse along the Miami River, began so he could indulge his love for bikes uninterrupted. He’s in his own lane here, one of only 5 or 6 shops in the country building at this caliber.

“One day, a racing client saw a bike that I was building just for myself. He put up the money with another client to get Moto-Studio started. Ultimately, Moto-Studio became a channel for me to interact with motorcycles without actually having to ride them.”

Suddenly, we're grateful for Miami's sweltering heat, potholes and walls of traffic.

On Superlative Taste

 

What's interesting with LIV Watches is that a lot of my clients want one . . . I like the round-faced GX1 chronograph. I like the more subdued colors.

What's interesting with LIV Watches is that a lot of my clients want one . . . I like the round-faced GX1 chronograph. I like the more subdued colors.

    GX1 Swiss Chrono

 

  • Hyper-accurate Swiss movement
  • Color-contrast stopwatch pushers
  • Curved sapphire crystal
  • Rubber sport strap
  • 3-D engine-turned case & dial
  • Choose from 7 sleek colorways

 

GX1 Swiss Chrono
 

  • Hyper-accurate Swiss movement
  • Color-contrast stopwatch pushers
  • Curved sapphire crystal
  • Rubber sport strap
  • 3-D engine-turned case & dial
  • Choose from 7 sleek colorways

 

GX1 Swiss Chrono
 

  • Hyper-accurate Swiss movement
  • Color-contrast pushers
  • Curved sapphire crystal
  • Rubber sport strap
  • 3-D engine-turned case & dial
  • Choose from 7 sleek colorways

ON SURPRISE DESIGNS

My favorite bike is the High Roller. It's very light, which is not a word one would usually use to describe a motorcycle.”

My favorite bike is the High Roller. It's very light, which is not a word one would usually use to describe a motorcycle.”

MOTO GUZZI 1100 CARB SPORT

 

  • Moto Guzzi 1064cc pushrod 2-valve V-twin
  • High-compression pistons, megacycle cam, titanium push rods
  • Twin plug heads
  • Bore x stroke: 92 x 80mm
  • Power output: 105HP @ 7800 RPM
  • Ohlins R&T USD forks
  • Ohlins TTR 4-way rear shock
  • Marchenese magnesium wheels
  • Dry weight: 375 lbs.

MOTO GUZZI 1100 CARB SPORT

  • Moto Guzzi 1064cc pushrod 2-valve V-twin
  • High-compression pistons, megacycle cam,
    titanium pushrods
  • Twin plug heads
  • Bore x stroke: 92 x 80mm
  • Power output: 105HP @ 7800 RPM
  • Ohlins R&T USD forks
  • Ohlins TTR 4-way rear shock
  • Marchenese magnesium wheels
  • Dry weight: 375 lbs.

MOTO GUZZI 1100 CARB SPORT

  • Moto Guzzi 1064cc pushrod 2-valve V-twin
  • High-compression pistons, megacycle cam, titanium pushrods
  • Twin plug heads
  • Bore x stroke: 92 x 80mm
  • Power output: 105HP @ 7800 RPM
  • Ohlins R&T USD forks
  • Ohlins TTR 4-way rear shock
  • Marchenese magnesium wheels
  • Dry weight: 375 lbs.
Close-Up Moto Guzzi by Bruce McQuiston

ARTIST AT WORK

 

McQuiston followed his own road to the trade. First a sculptor with a BFA, he spent years teasing sensuous forms from materials like the rare Cuban mahogany tree.

Even while he was earning his degree, he was riding and, eventually, he ended up in Georgia, teaching race-car drivers and setting a few of his own records.

Only when he came to Miami did his passions converge. His sculptural background is evident in his bikes’ aesthetics, but “having ridden motorcycles for forty years, I have insight into their history and functionality.”

 

ARTIST AT WORK

McQuiston followed his own road to the trade. First a sculptor with a BFA, he spent years teasing sensuous forms from materials like the rare Cuban mahogany tree. Even while he was earning his degree, he was riding and, eventually, he ended up in Georgia, teaching race-car drivers and setting a few of his own records.

Only when he came to Miami did his passions converge. His sculptural background is evident in his bikes’ aesthetics, but “having ridden motorcycles for forty years, I have insight into their history and functionality.”

ARTIST AT WORK 

McQuiston followed his own road to the trade. First a sculptor with a BFA, he spent years teasing sensuous forms from materials like the rare Cuban mahogany tree.

Even while he was earning his degree, he was riding and, eventually, he ended up in Georgia, teaching race-car drivers and setting a few of his own records.

Only when he came to Miami did his passions converge. His sculptural background is evident in his bikes’ aesthetics, but “having ridden motorcycles for forty years, I have insight into their history and functionality.”

ON MECHANICAL COLLECTIONS

When you're buying a bike or a watch, you're buying it as a treat. Both represent something very private, for yourself — and mechanical.”

“When you're buying a bike or a watch, you're buying it as a treat. Both represent something very private, for yourself — and mechanical.”

“When you're buying a bike or a watch, you're buying it as a treat. Both represent something very private, for yourself — and mechanical.”

“When you're buying a bike or a watch, you're buying it as a treat. Both represent something very private, for yourself — and mechanical.”