Miller works with metric bike shop AFT Customs to share welding knowledge and resources for motorcycle applications needed in building bikes. Recently product manager John Swartz helped prepare AFT Customs owner Jim Giuffra and employees Cyndi and Kristin for their welding certification test for non-structural sheet metal fabrication (Code AWS D9.1). 

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Miller works with metric bike shop AFT Customs to share welding knowledge and resources for motorcycle applications needed in building bikes. Recently product manager John Swartz helped prepare AFT Customs owner Jim Giuffra and employees Cyndi and Kristin for their welding certification test for non-structural sheet metal fabrication (Code AWS D9.1). 

Cyndi TIG welds at Miller's headquarters in Appleton, Wis. as part of her welding certification test for non-structural sheet metal fabrication (Code AWS D9.1). Achieving AWS D9.1 certification qualifies her for a variety of sheet metal welding applications, including gas tanks, oil box, fenders, and adding tabs to a bike. 

Cyndi TIG welds at Miller's headquarters in Appleton, Wis. as part of her welding certification test for non-structural sheet metal fabrication (Code AWS D9.1). Achieving AWS D9.1 certification qualifies her for a variety of sheet metal welding applications, including gas tanks, oil box, fenders, and adding tabs to a bike. 

Cyndi TIG welds at Miller's headquarters in Appleton, Wis. as part of her welding certification test for non-structural sheet metal fabrication (Code AWS D9.1). A Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) observes her skill level.

Kristin recently traveled to Miller's headquarters in Appleton, Wis. where she prepared for and was tested for her welding certification for non-structural sheet metal fabrication (Code AWS D9.1). Above, she prepares her metal.  

Kristin TIG welds at Miller's headquarters in Appleton, Wis. as part of her welding certification test for non-structural sheet metal fabrication (Code AWS D9.1).  

AFT Customs owner Jim Giuffra prepares his metal for the welding certification test.  While he may have more than 70 awards under his belt for building incredible bikes, Giuffra also felt it was important to become certified with employees Cyndi and Kristin. 

Above, bike builder Jim Giuffra completes the welding certification test for non-structural sheet metal fabrication. Jim completed the testing at Miller's headquarters in Appleton, Wis. and says that while quality welds are proof enough of his skill, becoming certified is a fun process and important to experience.

Above, Jim Giuffra TIG welds as part of the welding certification process.

A Certified Welding Inspector shares the good news after reviewing their welds - All three passed with flying colors! Miller product manager Swartz commented, “Proof of certification is empowering and confirmation these women are responsible for the high-quality builds on display.”

Cyndi started working at AFT Customs as a model. It wasn't long before she was working on the engines and later began to TIG weld.  

Jim Giuffra established AFT Customs Modeling Agency in 2004. This business division provides women with paid modeling opportunities within the Power Sports industry as well as access to resources, equipment and training for customizing one-of-a-kind metric bikes. Above, Cyndi works in in the shop at AFT Customs.

 

The women of AFT Customs work on every phase of a metric bike customization and complete upwards of 70 percent of total fabrication under Giuffra’s supervision. Shown here is the award winning LowLa Honda VTX 13PS. 

Kristin works on a bike from a tradeshow where she represents AFT Customs as both a model and part-time bike builder.

Kemosabe, an award-winning 2002 Honda VT750B custom built by the AFT Customs girls and owner Jim Giuffra