1974 Custom Old School Chopper Shovelhead

What was your intended objective when you started the build?

To preserve the old school style chopper of the sixties and seventies.

What motivated you to start your project?

I was finishing a build I had on the stand and had a deadline to finish before an upcoming show. My brother came to my shop and saw the Red Chopper that was not yet red in crates and boxes in the corner of my shop. He stated that I had told him I would have that chopper completed by this upcoming show. Although I was busy with the bike on the stand I remarked to him that I would have the other bike together and running by the show which was a week away. The next day I got underway sandblasting, powdercoating, fabricating, molding, engine building, painting and assembling. I got the bike on the stand wrapped up and within six days at the eleventh hour before going to the show location to set up I had “The Red Chopper” finished tuned and ridable. Since, it has taken quite a few trophies at local shows and is a great specimen of a period coreect classic chopper

What was the most unique and creative thing you did to the bike?

The frame had to be molded, the true frisco style tank sits on a metal base that is part of the frame, the wiring is all hidden, The cylinder jugs are chromed, triple trees are shaved. There is a lot to this very minimalistic bike and I love everything about it

What are you most proud of?

I am proud that I was able to put this bike together in such a short time and have it be a good looking dependable runner.

What do other people say about your motorcycle?

I get a huge variety of compliments and comments when I have taken it out for rides or at show. One I hear a lot is… Is it for sale? I take that as an inquiry but more so as a compliment.


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