It’s been a few years since I last touched base with Derek Pauletto. I first met Pauletto when he was working at Aero-Tech, a Calgary based welding and fabrication firm. Pauletto is a specialized welder, and helped rescue a few pieces of broken aluminum motorcycle parts, including the exhaust manifold on the Whizzer.
Pauletto has an interest in motorcycles and a creative passion for all things metal, and I’d always asked when he was going to strike out and start his own welding and fabrication shop. That’s just what he’s done. Trillion Industries is open for business here in Calgary, and Pauletto has now had a hand in creating some very interesting projects. In fact, he welded the titanium tubes of the Better Made Wheelchair in which I’m currently riding. However, the machine pictured above is the first motorcycle he’s constructed from start to finish. It’s all hand-built, with a unique fork and headstock design. The frame is one piece, and the 124″ S&S engine is a stressed member. More details to follow.