Carey Hart and Big B build a custom bagger for Run the Jewels rapper.
At motorcycle rallies all over America, black bikes seem to outnumber those of any other color. Yet go to a custom motorcycle show and you’ll see it’s a much less popular choice with builders. Black paint is clean, cool, and always fashionable, but executing a blacked-out paint job in a way that will truly stand out from the crowd is a major challenge. And that was the challenge rapper Killer Mike presented to freestyle motocross legend and custom bike builder Carey Hart: build an Indian Challenger that would match Mike’s custom car collection, all in black paint.
Carey Hart is best known, at least for now, as the man who brought the backflip to FMX. More recently, Hart and his best friend Big B have been making a name for themselves building custom motorcycles out of Hart’s Central California workshop. Mike Render, better known as Killer Mike, is a man in full: an Atlanta rapper with a list of hits going back 20 years, half of hip-hop duo Run the Jewels since 2013, and host of the hit Netflix show Trigger Warning.
Read the full feature on this build at CycleWorld.com – Click here.
Killer Mike’s custom Indian Challenger features BST Torque TEK Carbon Fiber Wheels. Torque TEK carbon fiber wheels are specifically designed for the V-Twin market. The geometrical shapes of this new design offer the enthusiast the opportunity to personalize the look with 6 clearcoat color combinations, 3 different finishes and 6 different sizes, including a 26” front.
The finished bike was delivered to Killer Mike in grand fashion before a full film crew from DUB Magazine. Not only does the Challenger look custom and exude quiet high performance, but it’s classy, understated, and fits Mike perfectly. Perhaps most impressive of all, they’ve built a motorcycle that will stand out in a crowd and doesn’t need loud paint to do so.
Killer Mike’s Custom Indian Challenger – Episode 1
Killer Mike’s Custom Indian Challenger – Episode 2
About Killer Mike
Michael Santiago Render, better known by his stage name Killer Mike, is an American rapper, actor, and activist. Mike made his debut on Outkast’s 2000 LP Stankonia, and later appeared on their Grammy-winning single “The Whole World” from their greatest hits album Big Boi and Dre Present… Outkast (2001). He has since released five full-length albums as a solo artist. He is the founder of Grind Time Official Records, which he launched through SMC and Fontana Distribution.
In December 2008, Mike signed to fellow Atlanta-based rapper T.I.’s Grand Hustle Records. In 2012, he released R.A.P. Music, produced entirely by rapper and producer El-P. Killer Mike and El-P subsequently formed the duo Run the Jewels in 2013; they were signed to Fool’s Gold Records and released their self-titled debut in June of that year.
Mike is also known as a social and political activist, focusing on subjects including social inequality, police brutality, and systemic racism. In addition to addressing themes of racism and police brutality in his music, he has also delivered several lectures at colleges and universities, written about social justice topics for publications such as Billboard, and been the subject of interviews regarding police misconduct and race relations. He was a visible and vocal supporter of Bernie Sanders’ 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, refusing to support Hillary Clinton after Sanders left the race, and again supporting Sanders in his 2020 presidential campaign.
Mike has appeared in films such as Idlewild, Baby Driver, and ATL. The documentary series Trigger Warning with Killer Mike, in which he explores issues in the U.S. that affect the black community, premiered on Netflix in January 2019.
About Trigger Warning
Trigger Warning with Killer Mike is an American documentary streaming television series on Netflix. The six-episode first season was released on January 18, 2019. The show, hosted by rapper Killer Mike, explores issues in America that affect the black community, including drugs, gangs, religion, and poverty.