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Tuscaloosa bike enthusiast prepares for competition despite cancer battle

Published: Jul. 30, 2015 at 2:16 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 6, 2015 at 2:33 PM CDT
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Source: Chop Shop in Tuscaloosa
Source: Chop Shop in Tuscaloosa
Source: Chop Shop in Tuscaloosa
Source: Chop Shop in Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - A motorcycle enthusiast in Tuscaloosa is working to fulfill his dream in spite of a cancer battle.

"Perseverance is moving past any obstacles that come in front of you to get to your end goals," Tim Martin said.

One of Martin's end goals after being diagnosed with kidney cancer was to custom build a motorcycle so spectacular it would be published in a popular magazine. But then, the unthinkable happened.

"I got a text that night that the bike and trailer were stolen. I thought he was kidding. So I called him you know. He wasn't kidding," custom builder Chris Elliot said.

With dozens of family and friends on hand, perseverance and a near carbon copy of last year's bike gives Tim, who recently lost a lung due to his cancer, a chance to fulfill his mission.

And Tim will likely keep a watchful eye on this new motorcycle.

Chris Elliott and Scottie Hubbard

"Tim said he's going to sleep with it," Elliot said. "Or at least sleep next to it," his fellow custom builder Scottie Hubbard joked.

"This one should make it. I mean there are not many bikes out there that are going to be much more than this one is," Martin said.

Tim will be taking his bike to the 75th Annual Sturgis Bike Rally in South Dakota to compete for the best looking bike in the show.

The Sturgis Bike Rally begins Friday. Martin leaves on Thursday to travel.

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