With Born Free coming up shortly I thought it would be cool to feature a few builders before the main event. I would like to introduce you to Scott "Big Scott" Stopnik Sr. who is building a custom 47 Knuckle for the Invited Builders show. Scott just graced the cover of Wrench Magazine for his stellar 67 FL. He has passed along his passion for all things motorcycles to each of his three sons, Scotty, Turk and Taylor. I met Big Scott five years ago at the Cycle Zombies pool party at Hurley Headquarters in Orange, CA. He graciously introduced me to the Cycle Zombies brand and to Scotty and Turk. Both were very polite and I was instantly impressed with their skating skills. Surfing, skating or building motorcycles, the Stopnik's do it and they do it well! Once you get to know them you come to realize that manners and respect has also been handed down from one generation to the next. It's awesome to know this family as they are always happy and enjoy each other's company. A rare find in today's society.
Name? Big Scott Stopnik
Location? Huntington Beach Ca.
Job? General Contractor / Machinery Installations
Where did the Cycle Zombies name come from? Bringing old bikes back from the dead
How did Scotty and Turk learn to ride? In the dirt
Scotty and Turk seem pretty content, whether on sea or land. Who were their influences? Well just growing up at the beach kinda runs its coarse, their backyard was a mecca for surf and skate lifestyle. Taylor is right there with them now, surfs for a few companies and is building his first shovelhead.
When did skateboarding and surfing come into play? Scotty , Turk and Chase my nephew, all started surfing pretty young, about 6 yrs old, and as it goes when there's no waves you skate! By the time they were all 9 or 10 they were hooked!
Earliest two wheel adventure? Over nite Poker run, Lucerne Valley Scoore Trails with Scotty ,Turk and my future son in law Brent ( got to get them alone before they marry your daughter)
Latest two wheel adventure? Love party last month Bartlett Lake \ Phoenix AZ
First hand-built Motorcycle? I pieced together a Kawasaki 100 flattracker when I was about 12 yrs old
Current stable of bikes and projects? 1967 Gen. Shovel “cal gold” , 93 FXRP, 77 flh project “my 15 yr old Taylors 1st harley” 47 knuckle BF5 build
Tools you wish you have but don't? mill\ lathe combo
Tools you have and wish you didn't? pipe wrenches , ( been using them for 37 yrs daily)
Heaven on earth? Earth is what you make of it… Heaven is where it’s at!
Proudest moment? Seein each one of my grand kids for the 1st time !
Deepest secret? I liked disco
Deepest fear? Where this great country is going!
Biggest regret? No regrets!
Reason for being? Be at Peace with all, Except when they are trying to hurt me or my loved ones !
If I lost my right arm? No more Jockey shifting!
What does it mean for you to be included as a Born Free Invited Builder? It's a real honor! to be with some of the best builders in the world is unbelievable!
Are you all building the bike or is it just you? I am building the bike, but the boys have giving me a ton of help, primarily with design, ideas, and parts! Also i have had alot of help from friends, Scott t-bone Jones of Noise cycles, Dynamite Joe for parts, and The Harpoon with paint
Thanks: I would like to thank my beautiful, awesome wife Julie for giving me 7 great kids and supporting our dreams.
Born-Free 5 Invited Builder Series-The Cycle Zombies from Born-Free on Vimeo.
You can win the Knucklehead they are building at Born-Free 5 on June 29th, 2013! Visit Lowbrow Customs to get your BF5 poster and ticket, you have your choice of this or 17 of our other invited builders' bikes!
I would like to wish Scott and the boys the very best and look forward to seeing the final build at Born Free. Be sure to check out the Cycle Zombies blog and follow Big Scott on Instagram
Big thanks to Jessica Stopnik, Drew Martin, Elvis Castillo and The Sheriff for the use of their photography. Please give them all a follow!