I had a chance to get to know Stacey a little bit through this interview I did for IMS. I admit, I was completely enamored by her, her life, her mechanical know how and her shop. She owns RFL Customz, a motorcycle shop specializing in sport bike customization. But not only is she a confident black woman who can wrench like a pro, but she also works alongside her daughters and together, they can do pretty much anything when it comes to transforming a sportbike into a one-of-a-kind show piece. Stacey’s shop is currently being filmed for the Cafe Racer TV show, so we will probably be seeing more of Stacey, her shop and her family on TV soon.
Luckily, Stacey took some time out between builds and filming to tell me a little about two of her tattoos, which have special meaning to her.
“These are two of my most important tats. The one on the elbow is a symbol of a bike build I did where I converted a sport bike into a Harley Davidson-style bike to match the customer’s Harley truck. At the time, he did not want a Harley, but bought one later anyway!
The tattoo of the “35” is to memorialize my late Dad, Roger Brown, who was the first Indiana Pacer signed in 1969.”
Owned by Jod Dominguez, this bike is a conversation piece. With a paint job resembling a B-2 Spirit Bomber, it’s stealth look only adds to its bad ass persona. This stunt ready machine is equipped with all the necessary mods to rip up the stunt lot while still being a street legal ride.
Built by Gizmo Sanchez of GizmotoHPM, a shop based in San Bernardino, this bike had me at ‘hello.’ This isn’t Gizmo’s first work of art. He’s been in business for four and a half years and has quite a few custom builds under his belt.
Take a look at this list of accoutrements to compile your grocery list of must-have mods for a stunt bum’s dream machine. Enjoy.
Impact Tech Crash Cage
Front hand brake
Brembo dual reservoir
FI Clip Ons
Steel Braided Lines (front and rear)
I3 Dual Caliper Set Up
Grip Ace Hand Grips
Custom Cut Zero Gravity Windscreen
CRG 2-Inch Mirror
HT Moto Stunt seats
Custom Dented Tank with Tank Grip
Jardine Slip On
Stunt driven sprocket kit (54R with a 520 chain)
RSC Easy Pull
Dual HID lights
Elissa is no stranger to tattoos. She has quite a few, including an amazing ‘Rosie the Riveter’ rendition of a female marine mechanic which Elissa herself used to be.
She also has a hummingbird on her shoulder that represents her Dad and flowers on her back that represent her immediate family.
So when I mentioned we were having a tattoo party at Blue Monkey Tattoo in Rialto, CA, she was down for some ink time. John Soto was the tattoo artist who sketched her pin up and positioned the pin up kneeling over a helmet, which is actually based on the Bell Star helmet.
Elissa has been riding for a couple of years now and has a 2003 Suzuki GSXR600 with a clean, all white paint job. She occasionally rides in the canyons and does track days. Formerly a marine, Elissa is using her GI Bill to become a nurse.
To see more of Elissa’s tattoo, check out this YouTube video.