Cowboy Harley-Davidson® with Vidor H.S. (Vidor, TX) and Port Neches-Groves H.S.
THE CUSTOM KING
Not too many bike builders start out as graphic artists, but that’s how it was for Cowboy H-D® Crew Chief Shawn Barrows. After working at a sign shop for more than seven years, he found himself looking for work. So he asked his buddy, Mikey Naquin, if Cowboy Harley-Davidson® was hiring.
“Do you have a basic set of tools?” Mikey asked.
“Yes,” Shawn replied. “I had a single-shelf toolbox my dad gave me when I was young. That’s where it all started. Today, I would need a forklift to lift my toolbox.”
That’s because Shawn is now an Expert-level Harley-Davidson technician, working to become a Master. He leads the team that is building Cowboy H-D’s Battle of the Kings entry, “Shovel Eight.” Mikey’s also on the team, along with fellow techs Mason Murray and Mike Rawls. “Having a team of great guys to work with and build a very unique motorcycle has been an amazing experience!” Mike Rawls says.
Not surprisingly, Shawn’s artistic abilities shine brightly in the design – as do those of the rest of the team. It’s what you would expect from a well-rounded team that embraces a wide variety of interests outside motorcycling. As Shawn puts it, “Life in general is a passion.”