Chris at BenchEditor’s Note: This is the first in a series of blogs from Chris Hagest over at Low and Mean. Chris is currently working on a customization for J&P’s 35th anniversary Bolt. Without further ado, meet Chris. I see no reason why a motorcyclist has to weld or cut-up their motorcycle to make it a reflection of who they are. Bolt-on aftermarket products are a great way for any rider to personalize their bike. It’s that type of thinking that moved me to start Low and Mean, which specializes in designing bolt-on aftermarket parts for metric cruisers.

It started a few years ago when I purchased some bolt-on products for my bike and I had a hard time getting them to fit correctly. So, off to my garage I went and started to make the necessary modifications so my bike was a true reflection of myself and my lifestyle. One thing led to another and soon Low and Mean was born.

Over the past few years I have designed products for: Honda Fury, Kawasaki Vulcan and Meanstreak along with the Star Raider, Styrker, V-Star 950 and now the Bolt all from Star Motorcycles. I have developed a great relationship with Star Motorcycles since customizing a Star Stryker for MMA Fighter Diego Sanchez in 2011.

Earlier this year Star asked me to take part in their Star Bolt Build Off. Ten of the country’s top shops were asked to customize a new Star Bolt. It was an honor to be chosen to go against these other builders, oh by the way, Low and Mean was the only participant to use bolt-on parts. Our “Copper Bolt” was introduced this past summer at the Sturgis Rally and after a few months of online voting we found out the “Cooper Bolt” came in fourth.

Currently I am finishing up another Bolt build – this one for J&P Cycles and their 35th anniversary. More of that to come. If you’re a follower of the J&P blog, you obviously already know a little something about bolt-on parts and accessories and how you can personalize your ride with them. Regardless of what kind of ride you have and how often you ride, just remember the best ride you can have is when you are riding Low and Mean.