0922 biker buildoff

Greg Queen of Lily spent more than a year building his custom trike with help from his dad, Marvin. The effort paid off, as he took home the first place trophy at the biker build-off at the Rally in the Valley.

By Dean Manning / Staff Writer

Greg Queen has always been a motorcycle enthusiast, repairing and building them in his shop in Lily and riding them in his free time. After more than year of work, he took home the biker build-off trophy at Rally in the Valley for a trike that he could ride.

Queen is confined to a wheelchair after an accident left him paralyzed from the chest down.

"I had an accident years ago when a piece of utility pole fell on me," Queen said.

Beginning in September of 2005, Queen began construction on the trike.

Spending nearly all of his free time in the shop, fabricating and assembling the trike. He gained additional motivation to complete the project, when is mother passed away from cancer earlier this year. The trike was dedicated to her. It was built with help from his father, Marvin.

"If you asked my two-year-old son where daddy is, he would tell you 'bike shop,'" Queen said.

The only plans Queen had for the trike were in his head. He had an idea of what he wanted it to look like. He admitted there were times when it took more than one or two tries to get a piece to fit. However, all of that work just make the finished product that much better.

"I could have went out and bought one, but when you make it and get to start it up and ride it, it just feels different," Queen said. "There is not another one like it."

Because of his injuries, the trike is equipped with hand controls including the gear shift. Queen said he had done this before on other projects.

"I've built several for people who are paralyzed," Queen said.

Queen said he has not had the opportunity to ride the trike, but that will change when he takes it to the motorcycle show in Louisville. Because of all of the work he has put into the project and the circumstances, Queen said there is no way he would sell it.

"It was built to ride," Queen said. "I probably wouldn't even price it."

Dean Manning can be reached at dmanning@thetimestribune.com.

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