A year and a half ago, a group of us geared up the bikes and headed South for a 500km ride and camping trip. On the way out of town we stopped for gas and we met Randy (Partner and Builder at Federal) for the first time. He was riding his 1980 XS400 that has since been redesigned into what you see in the photos. 2 weeks after that first meeting, we started designing our first bike "The Ace", and Federal was born.

For the full story, check out the story on Bike Exif. For additional photos click here.

Photographed by Cory Johnn