Service Feature written for Countyline Publications and printed in Wisconsin and Illinois Biker Information Guide – third quarter 2011 Steve Wright, owner Custom Painted Vehicles It’s a beautiful sunny day, and you’ve just pulled into your favorite stop for a quick lunch.   Regretfully, the pavement is hot and soft, and it only took a few minutes before the kickstand began sinking into the hot asphalt.  It’s an awful feeling as you return to find the bike lying on the ground, wondering how extensive the damage might be.   Unfortunately, an occasional dent, ding or scratch is part of owning a bike, even if you’re careful. When your next ride takes you to the various biker gatherings this summer, there’s no doubt you’ll see the creative work of the Wright family.  For over 35 years, Jay Wright, his wife Donna, and their son Steve have owned and operated Custom Painted Vehicles (CPV), located on I-94 in Racine, Wi.  From television Illusionist, Criss Angel’s custom Hummer, to legendary rock band, CHEAP TRICK’s music-themed show vehicle, the team at CPV has painted some of the wildest and most attention-getting vehicles on the planet.   Often, local motorcycle events can seem like a CPV showcase, with custom airbrushed flames, murals, graphics, and specialty colors adorning many of the bikes. Best known for this type of custom work, most bikers are surprised to learn that CPV has become one of the premier motorcycle repair centers in the Midwest.  This is not your typical paint shop! Their color-matching experience and repair capabilities have attracted customers from all over the country.   This type of work becomes evident when you visit the CPV facility, with shelves full of repaired fenders, fuel tanks, and various bike parts ready and waiting to be shipped or for customers to pickup.   Over the years, CPV has enjoyed opportunities to work with manufacturers like Harley Davidson on special projects.  These opportunities have provided them with first-hand knowledge of the various sunburst and specialty colors used by Harley, which can be a paint-matching nightmare for less experienced painters.   Although it’s more fun to talk about custom painted flames and flashy paint treatments, it’s nice to know that if you’ve dented, scratched or scraped your bike, there’s a top-notch, local solution. For more information, and examples of their custom work, visit the NEW CPV web site, at: