Xavier Muriel, Cycle Source Magazine’s 2019 Readers Poll Builder of the Year and builder of Easyriders Magazine’s 2019 Bike of the Year, is building a custom motorcycle for us, and one lucky member of the High Seas Rally community will win it! Throughout the year, Xavier will update us on the progress with special videos, photographs, and anecdotes straight from his garage, Providence Cycle Worx in Austin, Texas.
The love for motorcycles courses through Xavier’s bloodline. At 6 years old, Xavier received his first bike from his father — a 1974 Honda “Mr. 50.” At the same time, Xavier was also growing increasingly passionate about music, which turned into a career that took him all over the world. Xavier has played on the same stages as his childhood idols, but he never loosened his grip on his love for motorcycles.
In between tours and recording as a drummer for Buckcherry, Xavier built a motorcycle for himself, just for kicks. His father always told him: “Exhaust all efforts before you pay someone to do it.” That first bike sent Xavier down the road to begin building custom motorcycles professionally and opening his own shop. With help from friends in the industry, Xavier dove into building custom motorcycles with the same love he put into his music.
“To me, these two loves are one in the same,” Xavier says. “It is a creative process that starts with an idea from which you take the raw elements and time and hard work, and then you watch it come to life. That is the beauty from which art is created. I approach my builds in the same manner as my drumming: Less is always more. Clean and simple lines that enhance the overall feel and look of a bike. To me, that makes a motorcycle. After all they are made to be ridden.”
Dave Nichols has been a motorcycle enthusiast since well before he had a driver's license, riding his passion to editor-in-chief of Easyriders and V-Twin motorcycle magazines. He also hosted V-Twin TV, a 26-episode series on SPEED Channel, and is currently working on a new TV series called Chrome Chronicles featuring host Richard Karn.
He has written and produced over 1,200 TV commercials, wrote and produced a series of TV specials for HBO, and was head writer and producer of American Top 40 for ABC. He also has produced live TV events and developed ad campaigns for radio, TV and feature films.
When the rubber meets the road, Dave’s 40-plus-year multimedia career, both in front and behind the camera, has always found its way back to the motorcycle.
Dave has authored several best-selling motorcycle books, including "Top Chops," "Indian Larry: Chopper Shaman" and the "One Percenter" series. Dave will lend his unique perspective to the High Seas Rally and will sail with us on the 2020 cruise to share his passion for all things motorcycle.
For more than 43 years, Roy Riley has entertained crowds from coast to coast as a stand-up comic. We've been hooked on Roy ever since he joined us on the first High Seas Rally in 2003. Roy keeps the fun and frivolity rolling during onboard shows, events and gatherings. When not cruising with HSR, you will find Roy emceeing scores of events, from auctions to weddings and all things in between.
After growing up in upstate New York, Roy moved to Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort in West Virginia in the early 1980s. For the next 25 years, Royenjoyed the road less traveled on his stage at The Comedy Cellar with a million laughs and countless memories. After all those years high atop Snowshoe Mountain, hours from the mall and grocery store, Roy and his family relocated from the mountains of West Virginia to the bluegrass pastures of Kentucky to begin their next big adventures.
If you think you’ve seen all of this sea dog’s antics, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!