British Customs publishes an exclusive and inspiring profile on Queen Houng of ONEHANDMADE, the one-armed and iconic custom motorcycle builder based out of Taiwan.
LOS ANGELES, CA
AUGUST 29, 2016
When Queen Houng pulled out of his home in Taiwan on his motorcycle over a decade ago, there were two things in his future which he never saw coming. The first was that he would be tragically hit by a car later that day, losing the use of his right arm when the impact severed his arm’s nerve plexus. The second was that he would go on to achieve his dream of becoming a world-renowned custom motorcycle builder in spite of his setback.
In the profile, which is told from Houng’s perspective and translated from Taiwanese into English, Houng tells the touching story of how ever since he was a child he had a fascination with all things wheeled, his lifelong dream to become a motorcycle racer, his discovery of custom motorcycles in a wayward Japanese motorcycle magazine, the struggles on his journey to become a custom motorcycle builder, his wife’s endless support and promise “to always be his hands” when he lost the use of his right hand, and more.
Houng grew up in a small town in Taiwan, and always knew since he was a child that he wanted to spend his life working on motorcycles. As soon as he was able to, he became an apprentice at a local motorcycle shop to learn everything he possibly could for $100 a month. He devoted every spare minute to learning new skills that would aid him on his journey, and invested in buying machinery whenever he had the money. While he was in his early twenties, he was hit by a car while out on a motorcycle ride one day. The crash severed the nerve plexus of his right hand, causing him to nearly entirely lose the use of his primary arm. In spite of this crushing setback, Houng never gave up on his dream to become a custom motorcycle builder, and carried on pursuing his passion and his dreams.
Houng’s girlfriend, who later became his wife, promised that her hands would always be his right hand, and she learned to help him build custom motorcycles by welding and operating machinery with him. Over time, they would go on to have a child and form a family as Houng slowly recovered partial use of his right hand and finished gaining the skills he needed to become a custom motorcycle builder. When he was ready, he and his family moved to Taipei and he opened up his own shop, which he called ONEHANDMADE.
Since opening his own shop, Houng’s custom motorcycles have gone on to be featured in numerous international outlets including BikeEXIF, HiConsumption, and elsewhere, gaining him immense and widespread respect. Houng’s builds are known for their demonstration of extremely high levels of craftsmanship and their unique aesthetics. Houng takes modern classic motorcycles and transforms them into modern renditions of vintage styles including street trackers and scramblers.
Houng’s profile on the British Customs’ blog is part of an ongoing series to share the inspiring hard work, accomplishments, and passion of builders such as Houng that may otherwise go unnoticed by the global motorcycle community. Numerous other builders including Richard Pollock of Mule Motorcycles, Craig Marleau of Kickstart Garage, Paul Miller of PanicRev Customs, and others have been proudly featured in the series to help share what they do with the community at large.
To read Houng’s full profile and the story behind ONEHANDMADE, visit British Customs’ blog.
About British Customs:
British Customs is a Southern California-based lifestyle brand and designer of aftermarket motorcycle parts. They are known for making the highest quality factory-spec bolt-on parts that only require common tools and minimal technical knowledge to install. With any of their parts upgrades, the average rider can completely customize his or her motorcycle in a weekend.