What can I say about Todd Muller other than that he is "the Ohio wizard of Triumphs". You would think a man that surrounds himself with something at work all day would go home and just relax, kick his feet up, and forget about his day job but not Todd. His passion is clearly motorcycles and he shows particularly a lot of love towards Triumphs. As an employee at Lowbrow Customs, he surrounds himself with motorcycle parts and bikes everyday, just to go home and work countless hours in his own garage to build his own bikes from the ground up. I think I have seen 6 or 7 of his Triumph builds in the last few years and each and everyone of them has it's own distinct style and grace. He pays particular attention to details and keeps things classy. Almost as if Triumph were to have a factory chopper or bobber style that is absolutely amazing, he would be the one to design them. I could literally sit and listen to his stories for days. With his plethora of knowledge when it comes to all different types of motorcycles, I feel like I learn something new every time I talk to him. I am so excited Todd is displaying one of his immaculate Triumph builds for Fuel Cleveland, I just don't know which one yet ahahaha. It's a surprise I guess. Make sure to say hi to him and check out his bike on May 9th, you won't be disappointed.
I have been into bikes since I was very young. I always wanted one of the Indian branded dirt bikes from back in the 70's, but my mom wasn't having it. A few years later my best friend got a Chaparral dirt bike we took turns riding the wheels off of that thing since I still had no bike of my own. When I was in my teens, several of my buddies were into racing motocross and we would go to all of the amateur races in our area on a regular basis. I honestly do not know how they would be able to race on Sunday after camping out and drinking an entire keg of beer the night before.
While living in southern CA I got my first Triumph. It was only a 250 single but I loved that thing. When it had some mysterious electrical issue, I took it to a local British Harley shop to have it repaired. Long story short, they moved away and took my bike and a bunch of other bikes with them. After that I picked up a 500 BSA and a book I swore I would never take another bike to a shop after getting my Triumph ripped off. Needless to say that bike eventually needed some stuff fixed so I did it myself, that where it all started, my interest in working on British bikes.
I met my awesome wife in Pacific Beach at the boardwalk. She was attending law school in San Diego and I was a beach bum. I eventually graduated from living on the beach to living in a '59 GMC school bus. I had my bus parked on the hill in Encinitas and was buying and selling Triumphs working in a makeshift shed. It only had a roof on one side but it does not rain much in SoCal.
A few years later and several more bikes later all while on tour with the Dead I decided I was going to go to MMI to get certified to work on Harleys. At that time, I had bought my friend's '68 XLH so he could buy a gold dredge. There was gold in the creek where we lived in Oregon but it turned out to be a better deal for me as my friend never found much gold. I ended up riding that bike for over 10 years.
After I got out of school, I lived in Phoenix, AZ for an extra year because I could not afford to move. Finally, I got a job here in Ohio because my wife was originally from here. I have worked at a couple of different H-D dealerships and the Easyriders store here in Cleveland. At first I was pretty stoked to be fixing bikes and getting paid for it but after 15-20 years of that I was pretty burned out on the modern Harley scene and I always liked vintage stuff way more.
Nowadays, I pretty much only work on pre-70's Triumphs and 650's both stock bikes and bobbers. I build several bobbers every year but I did just buy a '67 XLH because I missed my old bike so much. I met Tyler, who owns Lowbrow, when I bought a 650 pre-unit he had for sale on eBay. We hit it off pretty good and I used to stop by his place pretty regularly and help him with bikes he would drag home. I ended up bugging the shit out of him enough to give me a job and have now been with Lowbrow for 4 years. I do not really miss the Harley shops at all.
I do not work on any customer bikes but I am in my garage every night after work and on weekends doing my own thing rebuilding Triumph engines and building custom bikes. I just love motorcycles and the thrill I get every time I fire up one of the bikes I have built from scratch and putting these vintage bikes back on the road!
Keep up to date on Todd's newest builds on Lowbrow Customs' Chop Cult feeds and you can always bother Todd at work on www.Lowbrowcustoms.com!