#AlexOLoughlin And His Custom-Built Bikes

The other day I saw a comment by somebody who said they have never seen this pictures of Alex working on his motorbike at Cro Customs before.

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I realised that we have never actually posted the stories of Alex’s motorbikes here.

Unfortunately some of the old original posts are gone, but at least they have been waiting in a draft here for years. 😀

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(Picture of Alex in 2006)

I loved motorbikes since I was a kid.

For as long as I can remember I’ve always had a deep fascination with engines and a longing for danger.

– Alex O’Loughlin, Live Chat with Alex, 1 October 2009

We know from numerous interviews that Alex has been driving motorcycles for many years.

 I’ve had a couple motorcycle accidents.

– Alex O’Loughlin, TimeOut New York, September 2009

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Although Alex has been driving them for a long time before, this story starts in 2009 …..

Yeah. I’m crazy for motorcycles. I just finished building my first Harley.

My last four bikes have been Ducatis and I’ve got a Triumph now.

Alex O’Loughlin,TV Guide, August 2009

The Evo Sporty

  • Posted by Cro Customs

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Alex O, stops by

I few months back I get a call from some Ausie cat digging on my bikes. Next thing I know he is sitting in my shop with this ugly evo sporty with shitty overseas parts on it.

Long story short, he talks me in to putting a runner together for him. I have to admit, I wasn’t really in to it. First it was a sporty, second it was an evo and third, the cat is an actor. What the hell am I getting myself in to?

As it turns out, of course with JDs help, I am actually digging the bike. Simple clean runner with some cool one off do dads, and Alex turns out to be a pretty cool dude, for an Ausie actorThis image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is alex1.jpg

Monday he stopped by to check the scoot. He ended up hanging for a few hours and got his hands dirty.

Any dude that can hang in the man cave, get his hands dirty and tell jokes and stories about shooting a film with J Lo is alright in my book.

Don’t worry Alex, I won’t call TMZ.

  • And another post by Cro Customs.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Alex O’s New Seat

The sporty was pulling Alex off the seat, so JD whipped up a new killer one!

  • From Cro Customs.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Saturday Scoot and Burger with Alex O

Alex stopped by the shop Saturday to have a few things tweaked on the scoot. After we finished adjusting a few things on his bike we rode down in to Playa and Alex was kind enough to buy us lunch.

The night before was the premier of his new movie Whiteout starring Kate Beckinsale.

Alex gave us a blow by blow of the premier mayhem over a burger and was appreciative to have some time to ride a bit.

Rocking the Biltwell Lid

  • From Cro Customs

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Book em AlexO!

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For the Alex O fans out there. Alex taking delivery of the newly painted sportster.

  • From Cro Customs

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Steve McGarrett’s Chop at BF3

Last year we built a nice simple 1200 sporty chop for Alex O’Loughlin, soon after he was cast as Steve McGarrett in the new Hawaii 5.0 on CBS. I think the chop had something to do with it. HA!
Alex has agreed to let me take the chop to BF3, so we’ll have it at the Cro Customs headquarters , so come on out and check it out.
  • From Cro Customs

18 July 2011

Alex O’s Sporty 1200 Chop FOR SALE!!!

This bike was built at Cro Customs a couple years ago. It is a 1999 evo sporty in a Paucgho rigid frame. This is a perfect example of a clean , no frills, fast chop that rips up the road. I recently cleaned and tuned the bike after it sat for some time. It runs phenomenal. Lots of very nice custom work. Details below. Featured on Chop Cult. HERE  While the bike is custom, there is still plenty of room to bake it your own.
  • From Chop Cult


When Caleb shared the identity of the Cro customer who commissioned this bike, I was shocked. When it comes to motorcycles, hunky Hollywood types aren’t known for their sense of understatement.

Nevertheless, Alex O’Loughlin of the cop drama Hawaii 5-0 paid Caleb to execute the mild tweaks and rigid re-frame seen here, and the finished bike strikes me as the kind of machine any ChopCult reader would be happy to have in his garage.

I don’t know what’s more refreshing: that there’s a guy in Hollywood who doesn’t parade his ego on an 80-grand theme bike, or that builders like Caleb are comfortable enough in their own skin to massage nondescript XL’s for friends and happy customers. Frankly, both facts say much about the positive direction modern motorcycling is headed, and for that I am grateful.

Here’s the specs and back story on Steve McGarrett’s XL as told by its builder, Caleb Owens:

Owner: Alex O’Loughlin

Shop: Cro Customs

Year make model of donor bike: ’99 1200 Sportster, Fork mods, if any: lowered a bit, Suspension/frame mods, if any: Paughco rigid frame, stock, List of hand-fabbed parts: Narrowed and Friscoed Sporty tank, shaped rear fender, spun brass foot pegs, fender struts, chopped window bars, modified early shovelhead oil tank. Custom seat pan and leatherwork, exhaust pipes, coil mount, rear brake mount, tag mount, Front wheel size and tire specs: 21″ H-D, Rear wheel size and tire specs: 16″ H-D Dunlop, Seat: custom spring seat by JD of Flying Monkey Fabrication


I got a random call from some dude with a thick Australian accent. “Hey mate, I fookin’ love your bikes.” So that chatter went on for a few weeks. He said he scored this Sportster from a mate that owed him cash or something. He asked if I would take a look and see if we could put together a simple runner out of his pile of parts.

I don’t build a lot of Sportsters, and this was the first one I messed with. Add the fact that this Evo was owned by an actor and you can see why I wasn’t jumping through hoops on this one. After several phone calls and feeling this Aussie out, he sounded like he was into two wheels for all the right reasons and that made me feel a lot better, so I said, “Why not?”

We cut a deal to just build a runner: no frills, nothing crazy; just a solid runner with a few nice custom bits to get it on the road. I recruited my good buddy and collaborator JD of Flying Monkey Fab to help out on this build. The initial pile of parts included an ugly stretched Paughco frame and DNA springer with ape hangers. That got sold off in exchange for a stock rigid frame, early Sporty front forks, and a nice set of wheels pulled from the pile of parts scrapped from the BS1 project. The rest of the parts were basically things laying around the shop.

Once the bare bones version was together I had Kiyo work his zen magic and do the electrics for me. JD got on the bike and that damn thing almost pulled him off. This scoot has some major balls. Super FAST! Right then and there we were sold on the concept of a bare bones chopper out of a Sporty.

Apparently Alex O’Loughlin new something I didn’t. He wanted a hard runner and no flashy shit—not a common request from a Hollywood celebrity. When all was said and done JD did a ton of work on the bike and T. Markus came through on the back end for a stellar paint job.

Alex spent a bulk of his time last year thrashing around Hollywood on this bike before landing the leading roll in CBS’s Hawaii 5.0.

Alex hasn’t taken his LA bike to Hawaii yet, so it sits in my shop until he decides what kind of motorcycle is right for the Big Island.

  •  From Cro Customs 

 24 September 2012

Alex O’s Sporty 1200 Chop SOLD’

The Yang

In 2012 Alex got another custom build bike from Cro Customs.

  • From Cro Customs

24 November 2012

Alex O’loughlin Get’s Yang’d

The final trip to Yang Yang’s new home was via the Pacific. I flew to Hawaii to meet Yang on arrival and take deliver to it’s new owner. My trip was a whirlwind. I arrived on a Tuesday night, checked in the hotel, passed out.
Wednesday morning Alex picked me up and we rolled over to the ship yard to get Yang. After some photo ops with locals we trucked the crated bike to Alex’s home and unwrapped her. I went through Yang one last time, took one last ride before passing the beast over to Alex.
The timing was perfect, Alex had a day off from his crazy schedule, so I had time to go through the bike with him, have some lunch and catch up a bit. I also new this was his only day off in a while so I wanted to get what I needed done and get out of his hair so he could enjoy time with his family and his new boy.
Late in the afternoon we said our goodbyes. I had a big pina colada and took a dip in the ocean. It was all very fitting.
Alex is beyond stoked with the bike and rode it to work the very next day.
I didn’t set out to build this bike for Alex, but it all seemed meant to be, as cheesy as that is.  Guys that build know that building a bike for someone and or selling a custom build to someone can be a very personal thing. 9 times out of 10, the customers become friends, as it should be I guess.
I was proud to see the bike go to such good hands and know it will be taken care of and more importantly ridden!

Comments: 1. WhitelinePsycho: Glad it’s found a deserving home, he should be a super stoked fella, new bub, new scoot, giddy up !!

Reply:  Yes Alex does have a busy schedule new son to look after he has a teenage son also his girlfriend has a 3 and a half year old son also 16 hour days on the set and himself to look after. Man this guy can’t stop! His bike looks awesome love it! Love the pic of his dog Dusty also 

Alex liked Yang so much he drove it to the set the next day.

Luckily the Yang was not home when Alex’s Garage caught fire in January 2014

  • From Cro Customs on IG

 crocustoms Damn!!! Alex’s garage went up in flames Monday. So glad no one was hurt. Yang could have been up in flames too, but thankfully it wasn’t home

From what we could see, Alex did not drive if for long before it was seen at the Cro Customs shows on the mainland.

The 2014 Harley-Davidson Deluxe.

  • From ‘DNA Specialty INC‘  on  Facebook

16 June 2014

DNA Specialty INC: Alex O’Loughlin ( Steve McGarrett Hawaii Five-O) with 2014 Deluxe, Mammoth spoke rims, rotors and pulley

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  • From Rippin Ronnie of Facebook (with the bike before modifications were made)

Ronnie: Congrats to Alex, you guys might know him, on the purchase of his new 2014 Harley-Davidson Deluxe.

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We asked DNA Specialty INC  and they confirmed that they did some modifications on the bike for Alex:

DNA Specialty INC: this is his bike with our custom wheels and other accessories.

From what we could gather, it seems that at the end of 2015 the Deluxe found a new home with one of Alex’s old friends in Australia and it is now roaming the streets of Sydney.
Although none of these bikes are still in Alex’s possession, we know that his passion for motorcycles will always be there. 


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16 responses to “#AlexOLoughlin And His Custom-Built Bikes

  1. Very nice looking bikes😁👍!

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  2. Ha!
    We are starting a motorbike trip tomorrow. Just a few days, but the first vacation since… forever. So these pics are a wonderful start! 🏍

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  3. Looking good although I have not a bit of a clue about motorcycles. I once tried to ride a small one but found out my legs are too short to be able to hold it without falling. Alex seems to know a lot about them and made his hands dirty working on them. That´s awesome. I just got a grim stomach when I read about the accidents. At least his head is still where it should be.

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  4. Cassiopea 1000

    How you find all this stuff about Alex never ceases to fill me with wonder! Thanks for sharing!

    I love hearing that Alex is not the typical Hollywood star with a superego, wanting flashy stuff just to attract the attention.

    What I know about motorcycles can be written on the back of a stamp, but I’ve always loved them, esp. Harleys and custom machines. A tall man riding one of those always catches my eye. If, in addition, the tall man is Alex, then I melt!

    I wonder why he doesn’t have any motorcycle now. His back injuries? Malia being worried her husband, who has said he loved danger, might have an accident? He thinking that, at the ripe old age of 45, he should turn his attention to sensible stuff, such as Horrible Shoes (see previous post)? Who knows…

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    • Maybe he realised that riding a motorbike can be dangerous and he doesn´t want to jeopardize his health and life anymore since he is a father and husband now.

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    • Most of these stories have been in drafts for many years. We just never got around to sharing them. In the old days, the stories were easy to get again, but over the years a lot of them disappeared and are no longer available in their original format.
      And going through my files on my computer, I find even more of the old stuff saved that never got its own story on here.

      Talking about sensible stuff. We have done a few posts about his feet and shoes. Here is one: https://alexoloughlinintensestudy.wordpress.com/2018/01/16/alexoloughlin-untied/
      And there is actually another shoe post that I never got to do ….
      About the bikes:
      And I just think that apart from his back problems back then, Alex’s life got so busy with work, BJJ, and wanting to spend his spare time with Malia and the kids, that a motorbike is not a good fit. Especially his old bikes did not have a place even for a second person to enjoy it with him.
      And with a large part of the garage converted into a BJJ gym, there is not a lot of space to fit a big motorcycle as well.
      And of course, even though he does not have any of the above bikes anymore, does not mean he’s got none left. There might still be some bike lurking somewhere.

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      • Looking forward to read more of your stories. Please keep them coming. I noticed Alex´s untied shoes and always found it kind of funny. It´s like a personal feature that underlines his individuality.


      • About the motorcycles: By what I saw when I watched the report about his burned garage, it seemed 2 of his motorcycles were burned in the fire and the last one which he sold later was apparently the only one left because it was not in the garage. It´s possible he bought himself a new one. But why then sell his last one? We´ll never know but he was never seen riding a bike when ne sold his last one. Well I guess, I´m too obsessed with that guy so I´ll better stop.

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        • We never posted all the pictures after the fire in 2014, but from what I could see on them, was it only two dirt bikes (or motocross bikes) that were damaged in the fire, along with a number of normal bicycles and loads of surfboards.
          The motocross bikes were most probably Saxon’s because he was still living in Hawaii at the time and I doubt if Alex was really into them anymore.
          Not that we know much about what Alex kept from his motorbikes when he moved to Hawaii in 2010, but we have never seen evidence of him with any of them over all this time.
          The Sporty was sold in 2012 (before the fire), shortly before they delivered the Yang and as far as we know the Sporty never went to Hawaii even before it was sold.
          The Yang was never really seen again, apart from the posts by Cro Customs of it being on display at shows.
          So from the evidence I could see, it does not look like Alex lost any of his own bikes in the fire.
          The new Harley he bought in 2014 (after the fire), was gifted to a friend from what we could see, most probably because Alex hardly had time to use it since those days.
          The motocross bikes, which we think got burned, can be seen behind Alex in this picture taken when Yang was delivered.
          Of course, all this is just from what we could see during this time and there are most probably facts that we don’t know about..

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          • Cassiopea 1000

            FOYeur, you’re a real Alexpedia. You know more about Alex than he does himself. One of these days he’ll call you when he needs a piece of information about himself, to avoid wasting time rummaging in his drawers to find it!

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      • Cassiopea 1000

        Yes, I remember this untied boots post. Curiously, as I was savouring the pics once again, I couldn’t help thinking of mamayorkie. I remember that day when she “chided” Steve for coming from his beach at home and sitting on a chair in his living room without removing the sand from his trunks first. I’m sure she disapproves of this untied boots thing LOL!


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