The Lost Highways: First off, when and how was Shop102 born?
Chad Pecchi: The shop opened in 2009. Before that I was in the printing industry. I left that and did the shop full time (mechanical and fabrication), I got burned out on working on bikes day in and day out with very little fabrication. Well, there came a crossroads for lack of a better term. It was either keep on wrenching and fab/weld or just fab/weld. So, Shop102 became a full service fabrication and welding shop. In doing so I had to go and get a fabrication job at a sign shop....a means to the dream ya know. That's where I'm at right now.
TLH: What do you make out of Shop102? Is it primarily custom order stuff?
C: I can make just about anything, but the majority of my business is bars. I have done everything from tanks to brackets, bungs, etc. All of my orders are custom. I don't mass produce a lot of parts yet. I am slowly working towards a small parts manufacturing set up as well.
TLH: What's the attraction to welding/fabricating vs. working on bikes?
C: The attraction to fab work as opposed to wrenching is the creating part. I am a advocate of craftsmanship with your own two hands, it's what this country was built on.
TLH: Where would you like to see Shop102 in the future?
C: The future of Shop102 is full time and self supportive. Not looking to become a millionaire, just want to provide for the family.
TLH: What bike are you currently riding?
C: My daily is my 1986 VFR700. I am in love with this scoot favorite daily bike to date.
TLH: What projects are you working on right now?
C: The bike I am currently building is going to be a mono-shocked gas in frame machine. The engine is going to be a stressed member and have a trelis swingarm. I am going bat shit crazy on this one!
(keep an eye out everybody! We're gonna feature this beast when it's complete!)
TLH: What do you do to escape and get your mind off the shop?
C: The thing I do to escape is hang with the family. My wife is the single greatest person I know and my son is incredible and is the best entertainment out there.
TLH: We're all about gettin lost, what's your favorite route to ride?
C: I absolutely love state route 411. It has these AMAZING roads that split off from it (Salacoa/Johnson Mtn Rd) that are stellar. I actually wrecked on said road at about 65 one sunny day... they are that good!
TLH: How can people get a hold of you to do some work for them?
C: You can find me at...
and the shop blog
TLH: Now, the important questions. Dumbest thing Shop102 has made?
C: Haven't really built anything dumb per-say. All the orders I get are purposed parts. I have gotten some crazy bar designs. When something dumb comes through I respectfully decline and send Paul Jr the biz.
TLH: Evil Japanese Crap or Hell Yeah America?
C: Evil Jap Crap is my favorite, but I love ALL things moto. I am heavily influenced by the old days of road/flat track racing. Get on your bike and ride it. Drop the scene, the attitude, and just ride!
TLH: Are front brakes cool?
C: Front brakes are VERY cool. Nothing like a dual disc set up or a 4 leading shoe drum. The more the better.
I really enjoyed writing this article and getting to know Chad. He's one of those people you meet and immediately feel like you've known them forever. A loving husband and father, a great friend, a great mechanic. A dude that respects the credibility of the past, and understands the importance of the future. If you need anything for your build, if you have a dream, this is the dude to call. Shop102 will make it happen. The community needs more people that think the way he does, that care about people the way he does. I can't wait to see what plays out in Chad's future. I have a feeling it's gonna be pretty big. Thanks again for talking with us Chad, all of us here at The Lost Highways wish the best for your family and Shop102.