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What’s happening when it comes to Paul Binford’s motorcycle passion

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What’s happening when it comes to Paul Binford’s motorcycle passion

Paul Binford’s dream bike ‘Que Paso?’ is a custom-built Harley-Davidson Road King that also won the best in show award at the 70th annual Sturgis Motorcycle run.


POSTED January 14, 2012 2:21 a.m.

Que Paso?

Around here, the term in Spanish may mean ‘what’s happening?’

But for Paul Binford, ‘Que Paso?’ is the name of his custom-built 2010 Harley-Davidson Road King.

“That’s my favorite bike,” he said Tuesday at his Manteca business, Binford’s Custom Cycles.

He spent nearly a year putting together his baby blue dream bike with the intricate designs, with nine of those months spent engraving the fine detail work.

Binford, who has owned the custom cycle shop at 418 N. Main St. since 2000, also worked with Harley master tech Tanner Shackley building the motor with 212 foot-pounds of torque motor, generating more than 200 horsepower.

At the 70th annual Sturgis Motorcycle run in North Dakota, ‘Que Paso?’ was the happening, earning the coveted Willle G. Award for best in show in the 2010 event. Binford’s name was proudly etched on the trophy displayed at the Harley-Davidson Museum.

He was born into the world of Harley-Davidson.

“I’ve been around it my whole life,” Binford said. “My father is from San Francisco and he used to ride (motorcycles).”

He was born and raised in Turlock. At age 4, Binford was already riding mini bikes.

Besides riding, his passion is custom designing bikes. Binford opened his first shop in 1995. Five years later, he moved to his current Manteca location.

Binford has lost count of the number of his customized bikes over the years. Some have been memorable such as the Sopranos and Indian Larry.

“We try to stay away from the theme bikes,” he said.

As for challenges, Binford has yet to face one that he couldn’t overcome.

He continues to incorporate his own design on bikes, including one that’s inspired by brass knuckles.

 “That’s my new line,” Binford said. “It’ll help put Manteca on the map (in terms of custom design of motorcycles).”

For more information, call Binford’s Custom Cycles at 209-239-7828 or log on to

Vince Rembulat
staff reporter

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