Craig Marleau got his first motorcycle from his dad at about 9 yrs old – a pull-start Baja mini bike and they kept it hidden from his mom. When the cat was out of the bag, his step-dad bought him a Kawasaki 70cc dirt bike. Several rides later, at 12 years old, Craig worked hard at his paper route to finally buy a real dirt bike – a used Suzuki TM 100 and was off to the races!
Fast forward to 1985 when he got his first road bike – a screamin’ Kenny Roberts Yamaha RZ350 new in the crate. The dream was alive!
After spending his teenage years racing motocross and building cars, Craig worked for a restoration shop restoring Aston Martins, Mercedes, Ferraris, Duesenbergs, Porsches and other fine British and European classics for the Pebble Beach Concourse de’ Elegance for over ten years. All the while, Craig was restoring motorcycle makes like BMW, Ducati, Triumph, Norton and Moto Guzzi out of his garage and began to win at local Northern California shows. His vision soon included one-off custom Cafe Racers and scramblers from Japanese, British and European motorcycles and has continued for over thirty years.
From timeless restorations to trend-setting customs, Kick Start Garage is truly a craftsman’s moto works!