PSI / City Mission Custom Bike Project – A great bike for a great cause

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City Mission Custom Bike Project – A great bike for a great cause
North Randall, Ohio (Cleveland) – The timing couldn’t be better and the cause couldn’t be more appropriate, especially during the holiday season.
Last week, a project that has spanned several months came to a close at the PowerSport Institute, a branch campus of Ohio Technical College (OTC). This was a ground up custom bike build performed by the students in the American V-Twin Program lead by IMBBA Master Builders and Director of the program, Ron Radeke.
The bike is going to be raffled with the drawing some time in March. The details of how to obtain tickets, where and exactly when the raffle will take place can be seen at:
The following friends / vendors for PSI made this build possible through their generous donations of products, services, and of course their precious time.
  • Frame was manufactured by Paul York at Thompson Choppers in Springfield Mo. Paul has always been a great supporter of PSI and continues to do so.
  • Donor bike where the foundation of the build started was provided by Geico Insurance Co….many thanks to them for their participation in this project.
  • Exhaust system was donated by our great neighbors right down the street here in Cleveland at SuperTrapp Exhaust. As always, the folks at SuperTrapp were quick to support the cause.
  • Once again, the paint was donated from Sherwin Williams. A company that supports everything we do at PSI.
  • ACCEL Motorcycle Products came through with several electronic components……we always like using the best!
  • Roger Newsome of Newsome & Works Metallizing in Akron that stepped up to the plate and assisted us in a time of need with his expert media blasting and prep work on the frame and related components.
  • MANY aftermarket parts donated by J&P Cycles
  • From there, and all the fabrication as well as the paint was performed in house at PowerSport Institute by students under the guidance of staff.
As you can see below, the result of everyone’s effort pays off again at PSI.

PSI Instructor and IMBBA Member Bill Zepp took the lead of this build to mentor the student during the process from start to finish to complete the build with quality and in a timely manner. It is always a team effort at PSI and we as a team designed and built the bike so everyone had a hand in the project.
PSI students and staff behind the bike from left to right – Bill Zepp , Dave Smith, Lance LaBeau, Eric (Rocky) Brown, Albert Brown Ron Radeke. 
Sitting on the bike, Mr. Rich Trickel, CEO of The City Mission
Other students involved in this project include John Straub, Jake Coleman, Tim Lathrop, Jeff Gonzales, Sam Yates, Rich Jackson, Martin Howroyd, Cory Wagner, and Paul Ulmer. We are very proud of each and every one of the participants that built this beautiful bike. 
 Left to right above:
Michael Parry (City Missions Chief Development Officer),  Bernie Thompson (PSI Campus DIrector), Rich Trickel (City Missions CEO), Ron Radeke (PSI American V-Twin Program Director)
“There were many students that worked on this project but the students that are listed did a lot of work.  This bike build was a huge undertaking and all of the students used this project to advance their desire and dream to build bikes into a reality.” said Ron Radeke.
Bernie Thompson adds, “These types of projects are what PowerSport Institute and Ohio Technical College are all about. Helping the community and our students be successful.

Special thanks to the City Mission and great sponsors for allowing the students of PSI the great honor of building this bike.”

For further details on how to get tickets for the raffle, go to: 

Our History at City Mission 

The City Mission began in October of 1910, when Cleveland’s city, business and church leaders encouraged Mel Trotter to establish a mission in the city. Trotter, a former alcoholic, had helped to found 66 other rescue missions during his lifetime. Two public meetings were held and a collection was taken. The next day, in an abandoned saloon on Superior Avenue, The City Mission opened.

Generations of men, women and children have received assistance, encouragement and loving support through programs that met both basic needs and provided the tools to build hope, overcome obstacles and achieve self-sufficiency.

In October 1910, Cleveland’s city, business and church leaders encouraged Mel Trotter to establish a mission in the city. Trotter, a former alcoholic, had helped to found 66 other rescue missions during his lifetime. Two public meetings were held and a collection was taken. The next day, in an abandoned saloon at 1135 Superior Avenue, The City Mission opened.  The first change of venue took place three years later to 1318 St. Clair Avenue NE

In 1926, a larger building was need and the Mission moved to 801 East St. Clair. Services provided at the time included a wide variety of Bible classes and Sunday School for all ages, assistance for the homeless, food baskets for the hungry, a prison ministry, and various clubs and activities for local residents.

In 1964, The City Mission relocated again to 408 West St. Clair Avenue and acquired a 267-acre camp the next year, which became Grand Valley Christian Center.

In 1981, the Mission opened Angeline Christian Home.  “A first for the city’s homeless women.” According to The Plain Dealer.

1985, saw the biggest move of our history to our current main campus at 5310 Carnegie Avenue in 1992.

From 1999-2003, The City Mission executed it’s most ambitious capital campaign, resulting in the opening of Laura’s Home – a complete facility for women and children on Cleveland’s west side – while at the same time more than doubling the donor base.

In 2005, the Mission strengthened it’s programming by implementing standardized, measurable outcomes for client progress

Today, The City Mission is a holistic ministry that exists to serve men, women and children at their point of crisis by progressing them towards stability, employment and independent housing. Our programs function to enable the at-risk, in crisis or incarcerated to live self-sufficient lives of faith, productivity, and excellence. This dynamic ministry provides essential community services such as adult education, vocational training, job readiness training, mental health counseling, youth programming, re-entry, Spiritual direction and much more

Through wars, depression, economic recession, and decades of change for the city of Cleveland, dedicated men, and women worked hard and adapted to meet the changing needs of those experiencing crisis. 

Why PSI? 

The reasons are many: 

1. Training – PSI’s methodology of training is based on dealership service environment operations. You will not only receive the technical skills needed to be successful, but also experience what it is like to work in a service department. We are looking to create today’s drivability and maintenance specialists, who can make an immediate impact in the workplace.

2. 7:30 to 1:45 Monday through Thursday – Attend school from 7:30 am to 1:45 pm, Monday through Thursday, allowing you time to work evenings and all day on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. In addition, you can spend extra time with instructors after class and on Fridays to get help and additional training. Finally, you can return home and have enough time to spend with family on occasion during schooling.

3. Size – The PSI facility and the OTC campus combined have over 800,000 total square feet of shop and training space – including nearly 207,000 square feet under one roof at PSI alone. However, despite our facility size, we do not have large class sizes. In fact, we limit our enrollment and keep the student-to-instructor ratio well under 25-to-1. This allows us to be selective as we look for those students who want this career the most and are willing to work hard to be the best.

4. Job Placement – We offer a great deal of part-time jobs to our enrolled students, and Cleveland is a city with a great motorcycle, automotive and powersport job bank. These jobs in your field are available to help put you on your path to a career and allow you to begin to network. For graduates, we offer  career placement services.

5. Apartments/Housing – At PSI, we have fully furnished apartments located nearby in residential communities with pools, fitness centers and more. You have access to food, shopping and a multitude of jobs.

6. Financial Aid – PSI is a branch campus of Ohio Technical College, which is a fully accredited college, and all of our 12-month and longer programs are eligible for federal  financial aid. From grants and scholarships to loans, you will work with trained financial aid advisers to come up with a package that meets your needs and allows you an opportunity at a career in this demanding field.

7. Dedication – At PSI, we provide a personalized touch to the education process. Here, you won’t be a number. Our dedicated instructional and administrative staff will come to know you as an individual, and we are here to help at every step along the way. These are just several of the reasons why PSI is your best choice for real-world training and why we believe in the power of education. 


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