Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Dotson Design's Swingshot.

Dotson Design was established by Christian Dotson in 2002, as a design consultancy to the custom automotive and motorcycle industry. It has grown into an operation that encompasses the entire development of a finished vehicle, as well as various automotive/motorcycle products.

Christian was born in Houston, Texas in 1972. He grew up in a small town near Dallas, in a normal household, but somehow developed an insatiable desire to draw and tinker with anything with wheels. Bicycles, model cars, lawn mowers.....nothing was safe. As time went on, Christian’s need to create and modify vehicles grew. He took jobs with paint & body shops, and car audio shops, continually acquiring new skills. After high school he began studying mechanical engineering, but soon stepped things up to the transportation design program at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. During his time in Detroit, he continued customizing vehicles. After five years in the corporate environment, Christian decided to create Dotson Design, and focus strictly on custom vehicle design and fabrication. He enrolled in the custom fabrication program at Wyotech in Laramie, Wyoming, and upon completion, became an instructor.

Its all about the details and the thought process.

Christian’s passion for motorcycles has existed since his youth. In college, he bought his first bike, a 1989 Suzuki GSXR1100. While in Wyoming, he acquired a “basket case” chopper project with a 1978 Sportster engine. The building of that bike peaked Christian’s interest in custom bike building, and after the completion of the roadster pickup in Colorado, he moved to northern California to take Dotson Design to the next level. It was there that Christian tuned his focus to bike building and began building the “Swingshot”. The inspiration of this bike was to expose Christian’s creativity, engineering, and fabrication skills. With the success of the “Swingshot”, Dotson Design has continued to grow and is now located in Pomona, California, sharing shop space with the highly respected Walden Speed Shop.

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