#33 Kyle Rose
1927 Henderson Motorcycle
When asked to describe the “nine-year-old” Kyle, he smiles and says, “Picture a kid covered in dirt and grease who was always taking things apart, obsessed with motorcycles and building things.” Somehow the picture he paints is vivid as I watch “Rose” as he is nick-named, dressed in grease splattered shop attire, answer questions while soldering a tail light on a 1927 Henderson Motorcycle.
Most of Kyle’s expertise he says was not learned in school, but on the job…as a young kid doing grunt-work in his Dad’s Sheet Metal Company, to Machine Fabrication Shop Foreman, all the way up to Harley-Davidson Master Technician at Timpanogos Harley-Davidson in Orem, Utah. Kyle received his Harley-Davidson Certification at The Motorcycle Mechanic Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.
What makes “Rose” the perfect fit for Legends Motorcycles, besides specializing in sheet metal construction, precision fabrication, tig welding and mechanics, he believes is a good attitude and positive outlook. “Working on antique motorcycles, 1920’s and earlier, means you have to be creative and have an imagination. If I can’t find a part I make it. I can fit a square peg into a round hole and can usually get things done that others can’t.” He says.
In 2016, Kyle rode a 1916 Excelsior Motorcycle on his first Cannonball Run. 2018 will be his second Cannonball Run he will be riding a 1927 Henderson Motorcycle