Scott T. dispels my main misconception about this band of motorcycles enthusiasts/tinkerers from Oregon’s own Portland. (I was under the impression they were a notorious lumberjack/motorcycle gang). Don’t care, I want to be a honorary Tarantula.
Can you tell us a little about yourself and the Tarantulas?
I’m 32 years old and still acting like an idiot. Grew up in Idaho farming and now am at the complete opposite end of the spectrum working as a freelance designer in Portland. As far as the Tarantulas go, the actual name started as an inside joke about a club of 1 (me) to annoy my girlfriend and it worked pretty well. Then about 5 years ago I moved into the house I’m at now and it had a garage across the street from a now good friend of mine Asa Miller. We both noticed the motorcycles in each others garages and from there we teamed up and started working on bikes together. Along the way we learned some lessons the hard way and figured out some tricks to help with building a bike. I created the blog / site as a way of connecting to others.
Who are the Tarantulas, what are you all about, and is becoming a Tarantula as hard as getting into the Mob?
Just some dudes who truly love motorcycles. Becoming a Tarantula is about as easy as joining up for a ride, beer or some shop time.
I have this theory, that every social group has a loveable Ringo. Who’s the Tarantulas Ringo Starr?
I would have to go with Tiny Nick. Nick isn’t so tiny, but nobody really wants to call him Big Nick. He’s still in the build phase with his ….. and probably will be for quite some time. It’s not all his fault though, he is a new dad and of course that takes priority over motorcycles. We have this habit of finding imagery of huge trikes or one off tractor style motorcycles and then send them to him as inspiration for his ongoing build. I’ve found in life that the kind of people that you want to surround yourself with should be good at taking shit and giving it right back. You need people that are confident enough to poke fun at themselves and others without any hangups. Tiny Nick can take shit with the best of them and that’s why I love the guy.
If the Tarantulas had a patron saint it would have to be…
That’s a good one. Is Steve McQueen considered a saint? I’m not a religious guy, so I’m not sure what’s all out there.
What’s the first motorcycle that burned into your memory?
As a young kid growing up in Idaho I spent a ton of time on dirt bikes. I think the day I saw one of my friends roll up on a 1985 CR80 is burned into my memory. I just remember looking at that CR on the blue seat and being nervous about the possibilities of that 2stroke bike compared to my older XR. I still want to get an 80’s CR now that I can. Sucks to be a kid with no income and parents that wanted you to learn the value of saving for something.