SALISBURY — “Merica,” one of the more popular, custom-built and painted motorcycles in the country, might be coming to a fire station near you.
“I had to share it,” said Jay Moore, a volunteer with the Liberty Fire Department and a custom painter of motorcycles himself. “I can’t show it to all of them (all firefighters in Rowan County), but I can show it to a few.”
The motorcycle, also known as the “9 eleven” bike, is a tribute to those who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the Twin Towers in New York. The modified Harley-Davidson features a 32-inch wheel in front and is otherwise low-slung and tight to the road.
The elaborate custom paint job features firefighters in the back, a red-white-and-blue flag motif throughout and scenes showing the Twin Towers intact one one side of the bike and the towers in ruin on the other side.
The custom motorcycle was built by Joey Hensley, owner of Back Yard Baggers in Winston-Salem, and it was painted by Jody Goodwill of SRM Paintwerks in Elkin.