Tattoos and Wrenches On The Move: OC Mobile Moto


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Mechanics that come to you! No trucks, trailers or AAA. Stay at home, keep your bike and get it fixed.

Mechanics that come to you! No trucks, trailers or AAA. Stay at home, keep your bike and get it fixed.

Stephen Rassmussen is the owner of OC Mobile Motorcycle Mechanics based in Lake Forest, CA. Stephen started his business in 2005 “after realizing customers who brought their bikes to dealerships for maintenance were stressed out.” His business is about bringing the mechanics to the customer so the work can be done at the customer’s home. No longer does a rider in Orange County who is in need of maintenance have to spend unnecessary time away from their bike. This is not only a brave business venture on Stephen’s part, as you obviously have to be very good at what you do to feel comfortable working under the speculative eye of the customer, but it’s a tenacious endeavor to work on the road in unpredictable conditions traveling to unfamiliar areas.

The fully wrapped OC Mobile Moto truck.

The fully wrapped OC Mobile Moto truck.

“Being an entrepreneur, I started this business with the customer in mind,” says Stephen. “We have all the required tools for daily jobs.” If there is a tool Stephen doesn’t have, he does the running around to make the repair happen so you don’t have to worry about it. You mean if he worked on my bike, I could just stay at home, watch him work and I don’t have to do any driving to pick up parts or tools? I’d definitely pay for that!

Not only is Stephen a mechanic, but he’s been riding since he was 13 years old. He started out on BMX and he’s been wrenching for as long as he’s been riding. “It’s a big part of my life,” he says. “It’s what I know best.”

With the enthusiasm Stephen has for two-wheeled living, it only makes sense that he’d spend 34 hours of his life on a tattoo artist’s table to have an exact replica of the 2009 Honda CRF450R engine inked into his back as an ode to his love for Honda motorcycles and wrenching. The tattoo was done by Vance Freeman of True at Heart Tattoo in Lake Forest, CA, in 2009 after the release of the new 2009 CRF450R.


The engine in the 2009 Honda CRF450R was completely redesigned from the previous year, spinning faster at 11,450 r.p.m.’s and pushing out 56.3 bhp at 8,500 r.p.m.’s and 37.5 lb./ft. of torque at 7,000 r.p.m’s. The motor has a single overhead cam with four lobes and individual rocker arms for each exhaust valve to reduce weight which contributes to higher r.p.m. capability. The redesigned engine created a lower overall center of gravity and it is now immortalized on Stephen’s body.

Stephen's moto-themed tattoo on his left arm.

Stephen’s moto-themed tattoo on his left arm.

Because Stephen’s tattoo was featured in Transworld Motocross magazine, it got Honda’s attention. “Honda gave me some recognition and I was able to purchase a CRF450R from them for $2,500.”

Stephen has already started working on another fully bionic tattoo on his right arm and you can find another moto-themed tattoo on his left arm. Stephen is a motorcyclist for life and because he’s inked his passion into his body, I’m sure we’ll see Stephen wrenching and riding motorcycles long after he has gray hair.