Taylar Deiongh is a bike builder from Orange County, California. Her love for choppers and vintage motorcycles started after watching the legendary biker film, Easy Riders. The movie inspired her to build her first custom chopper with her Dad. With one build under her belt, it was time for Taylar to tackle another. The bike-building story begins when she gets her hands on a 1975 Shovelhead. Her persistence, creativity and hard work resulted in a complete project that has made waves with the masses. The purple chopper turns heads with its twisted handles bars, geometric gas tank and vivid paint job. The positive reception of the build resulted in her showing the bike at different events across the country.
It is no secret men dominate the motorcycle industry, making the female bike builder community small. With that fact, it’s great to see women like Taylar paving the way to inspire other females to build motorcycles. We are excited to see how Taylar’s next motorcycle build will turn out!
Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys: Introduce yourself. What do you do, where do you live, and who is Taylar Deiongh?
Taylar Deiongh: I’m Taylor Deiongh and I’m from Orange County, California. And currently, I do construction with my Dad. So he’s a general contractor and I work under him and we do everything from the ground up. I just do construction and I’m in school.
Caption: Taylar sitting next to two choppers (Photo: Owned by Taylar Deiongh)
Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys: How did your passion for motorcycles start?
Taylar Deiongh: So my Dad is the one that got me into everything and I’ve always grown up around motorcycles and dirt bike riding. And so he used to build bikes out of his garage. I would see him all the time when I was growing up. So when I was about 17 or 18, he had already previously built some bikes and he showed me the movie Easy Rider. So I got a firsthand look at choppers and old-school bikes. I told him, “Oh, those are cool. What if we built a bike like that?” He was like, “Oh yeah, let’s do it.” So we started planning and we built a 1980 Shovelhead that he still has and we built that together.
Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys: You and your Dad recently built a bike together. Let’s talk about this purple Shovelhead. Why did you two decide to start this project?
Taylar Deiongh: I had always wanted to build it and so after building that first one, [the 1980 Shovelhead], I got comfortable on the bike. We started [the 1975 Shovelhead] and he let me take the whole creative process and let me design it on my own.
I took over the creative process and then he was there helping me along and was there by my side the whole time while I was putting everything together and teaching me.
Caption: Taylar next to the frame with the geometric gas tank (Photo: Taylar Deiongh)
Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys: Where did you get the inspiration for the look of the bike? Did you go on Pinterest? Did you look through Instagram? Did you go to bike shows?
Taylar Deiongh: Going to bike shows a lot. My Dad and I love to travel together. We go to Europe twice a year together. We love traveling. And so anytime there was a bike show or a chopper show or old school bike [show], we would always go to it. So obviously seeing a lot of stuff motivated me. And then also reading old Chopper magazines. I used all that as my outlet and research.
Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from this experience?
Taylar Deiongh: I think I learned a lot about patience. If you can see it, you can make it happen. As long as you have a vision, no matter what, you can make it happen, don’t give up. I guess it sounds cheesy, but it’s true.
Caption: Taylar sitting on a chopper (Photo: Taylar Deiongh)
Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys: Do you plan on doing any more builds?
Taylar Deiongh: So I’m building one for the Virginia City Roundup, which is in late August of 2023. So I have a motor — I have a 1951 Panhead. And then I have a frame that’s being built right now.
Caption: Taylar posing with her 1975 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead (Photo: Taylar Deiongh)
Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys: Have you ever been in a motorcycle accident? If so, what did you learn?
Taylar Deiongh: So I have had close calls. But I’ve never been down.
Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys: How long have you been living in California for? Where is one spot you recommend everyone rides?
Taylar Deiongh: I was born and raised in California in Orange County. So this is all I know. And so riding down PCH, to me, is the best riding that you could do. You have the beach next to you and especially in California, it never really gets that cold. And so it’s usually always nice and sunny and warm, perfect riding weather. That’s one of the reasons why I never want to leave California because you can ride your bike all year round.
Caption: Taylar Deiongh, an Orange County bike builder (Photo: Taylar Deiongh)
Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys: What sort of ambitions do you have for yourself in the motorcycle industry?
Taylar Deiongh: I’m not a hundred percent sure. I’m kind of just going with the flow right now. Every time I get asked to do something, I feel super honored because I’m just doing it because I enjoy it. I’m not doing it for any financial purposes or whatever.
If you want to keep up-to-date with Taylar’s latest motorcycle builds, follow her on Instagram. Ride safe, and thanks for reading!