Casey "Headcase" Johnson is a well known painter based out of Irwindale, Ca. You have seen his work on custom motorcycles built by LA Speed Shop, Spitfire Motorcycles, US VERSUS THEM and Zero Engineering to name a few. He can paint just about anything from helmets, motorcycles, cars to custom guitars. Casey isn’t afraid to step out of the box and try something new as shown on his personal build . He could have gone flake but chose the ol’ rattle can instead.
Photos by Mark Kawakami
I actually found this little BSA oil-in-frame as a roller on Chop Cult. It had a cool stance and rad mag wheels. I thought to myself “Man! I see a tough little Mad Max Bonneville racer!” My intention was to build it as cheap as possible and flip it to fund another build I had. I added a modified Harley Rapido tank and a sick ass, polished out, 1967 A65 Spitfire motor.
The wheels were XS650 fronts so I figured I’d use as many Japanese parts as I could like hand controls and a few other small things I took off a Yamaha 125 dirt bike. A front fender was modified to fit a 19-inch front wheel, which was now my rear wheel and the kicker pedal is a modified vintage tricycle pedal.
As a custom painter people usually expect “fancy” paint from me, but I didn’t want to do what was expected and I was on a budget so after I molded the frame I brought out the rattle cans. The black rattle-can BBQ high temp paint is complimented by a faux rust finish and a flat clear.
I am very proud of this build and couldn’t have built it for a nicer dude. Just remember, one man's trash is another man's treasure…happy hunting!
Builder name, location: Casey Johnson – Headcase Kustom Art, Irwindale, CA
Owner name: DJ Tambe, Tattoo Artist of Bad Apple Tattoo in Las Vegas, NV
Bike name: Boni Killer
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1967 A65 Spitfire 650cc
Frame: Mid 70’s front loop oil-in-frame with a Slim Fab hard tail
Fork: Yamaha RD 350
Chassis mods: Ridged
Tire/wheel size and style: 19” XS 650 fronts
Favorite thing about this bike: The patina Mad Max aggressive café/salt flat racer look.
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Harley Rapido tank; handmade license plate bracket; One-off rear sprocket; Handmade battery tray and strap; Handmade gas & oil caps; Metal wire rings for wiring cloth wire; and, Headcase Kustom Art badge.
Thanks to my wife, Dj Tambe, Johnson& Wood, and Pat Dale
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