5 QUESTIONS WITH GEORGE W. BENNETT Jr.: Enjoying the local motorcycle community

August 25, 2013 

ROBIN TRIMARCHI/rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.comGeorge W. Bennett Jr.'s customized motorcycles have won numerous awards, have been used in modeling and advertising campaigns and are a hot item for photography enthusiasts. Bennett's business, G&B Customs, has become well-known in the world of custom bikes.

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What's the story behind your business?

I own a custom motorcycle shop called G&B Customs located at 1326 10th Ave. in Columbus. We have been in business since 2000. We build custom American and Japanese motorcycles in addition to doing regular maintenance on them. We have had several bikes featured in various magazines in the past.

Motorcycles are a passion that has been with me since the age of 5,

thanks to my parents. I even met my beautiful wife, Lee Ray, who also rides her own bike, at a bike rally! It is sometimes hard balancing family and a family-owned business, but we make it happen.

What are some of the coolest motorcycles you've built?

First, there's a 2000 Suzuki Hayabusa, the first motorcycle built by my shop, which was featured in magazines. That really put us on the map as serious builders.

Another was a bike built for a guy out of New Jersey who spared no expense and allowed me an extensive creative range and paid tribute to his fraternity. Another was a bike built for my wife, which was inspired by a bathing suit of all things. She takes great pride in this bike and the story behind it.

What should people know about motorcycle safety?

People should be more cautious when driving due to a motorcycle being smaller than a car. The motorcycle may be in a blind spot or may not be easily seen due to traffic or obstructions. People should also look twice and be very cautious when entering traffic.

Your first-born child recently started college. How did you handle the sendoff?

My first-born child recently started her freshman year of college at Troy University. For me it was and still is an uneasy feeling and a loss of some control of her movements.

My wife and mother both have had to remind me that she was taught excellent values and will do just fine! We have three children, and I will have to endure feeling this way two more times.

What's the best-kept secret in the Chattahoochee Valley?

The best-kept secret in the Chattahoochee Valley is the motorcycle community. On any given day you can find a motorcycle club reaching out and helping someone in the community.

I see events such as back-to-school drives, fan giveaways, Thanksgiving meal giveaways, toy drives at Christmas and bikers rallying around our own in times of need. Bikers have some of the biggest hearts that you can imagine and are far beyond the stereotypical images that a lot of people have.

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