Cody Dunn’s motorcycle, The Hillbilly Spaceship, is a perfect extension of what he embodies. Cody is a tall, heavily tattooed and red-bearded man from Marietta, Georgia, with an accent to match. His bike is a long ironhead built from spare parts that, surprisingly, are all period correct as well. Cody and his bike compliment each other so well that they might as well have been dropped from outer space together.
Still one of the nicest people I have met to date, Cody and his buddies invited me over to their area of a campground while in North Carolina at the Congregation. We drank beer, traded stories, shot photos and rode to Charlotte and back. Cody, who was at the front of the pack the entire time, stopped every time someone broke down, got lost, or needed gas. Never complaining once the sluggish nature of 20 grown men and women taking their sweet ass time to get from point A to point B. Rather, always extending a helping hand and making sure everyone enjoyed the ride.
This was Cody’s first chopper build, and he took that to heart. From learning how to paint, doing custom parts and engine work, to wiring and testing, he did it all with the help of a few friends.
I’m glad his motorcycle has as much personality as he does, because there is a whole lot of it for his chopper to carry…I mean, who else do you see riding 90mph on an ironhead down a highway? -Liam
Owner name, location: Cody Dunn, Marietta Ga
ChopCult Member profile: CLDunn
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1000cc 1974 XLCH Ironhead bored 0.40 over mild cam
Frame: 70's Ironhead frame
Fork: 10”over Fury springer
Chassis mods: Hardtailed and molded neck. Painted Chrysler white with Paint Huffer silver mini flake. One shot pinstriping by Taylor Nichols.
Tire/wheel size and style: 19" 7 spoke invaders on front 16" Big twin spoke on rear Avon Speedmaster mk2 front and rear.
Favorite thing about this bike: I would have to say my favorite thing about this bike is it being my first ground-up chopper build and the things it has taught me to make me a better builder.....
Next modification will be: BUILD A SHOVELHEAD
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc.: Hand made sissybar and handlebars; hand polished rocker boxes, primary, and cam covers, S&S Super E, TC Bros air cleaner and DIY forward controls, Paughco exhaust, old Corbin seat re-wrapped, aris headlight, Barrett steelbraided throttle cable. I built my hydrographic tank out of a deep freezer so I could dip the gas tank. It is dipped in a galaxy pattern then two-faced with Paint Huffer silver mega flake.
Thanks to Lamar for helping me weld my sissybar and handlebars; super clean work. Liam for taking some killer pics and just being a solid dude. My wife @lil_lina25 for all the good ideas. Shawn for having us at the Southbound and Down. -Cody
Article and photographs by Liam Kennedy / @chopperchug