Jerry's Green Machine


Jerry Merola wanted a motorcycle for as long as he can remember. Instead of purchasing a bike at the local dealer he sought out Twisted Choppers to build his first ground up custom. The guys at Twisted Chopper built the bike to Jerry's specifications; long, lean, with a big ass end. After a few years, he started to realize that his taste in choppers was changing and that he was gravitating towards the true form 60’s and 70’s choppers. After six years of owning the chopper built by Twisted Choppers, and a total of only 1000 miles on the bike, he sold the bike, put some cash in his pocket and started off fresh.


In 2010, Jerry once again started to research potential builders around the country to build his next bike in true chopper form. He came across Atomic Customs bikes online and after looking at the amazing bikes displayed on the website, Jerry decided to contact Trent Schara to discuss his plans for his next build. Jerry was very impressed with Atomic Trent’s builds and craftsmanship, so he made the wise decision of selecting Trent to build his next chopper. Jerry had a tight budget, but he was confident that Atomic Trent would build him a quality chopper within his means. In the end, Atomic Customs built the custom chopper that Jerry had longed for. It would be the foundation of the bike you see here.



After riding the bike for some years, Jerry decided it was again time for some changes. He wanted to narrow up the front end, so he added a super narrow Acme Choppers front end. Still not satisfied, Jerry also changed out the gas tank, fender, bars, seat, wheels, sissy bar and other odds and ends. The last item on the agenda was a fresh coat of paint on the tins, which was done by Scott Hoepker at Chemical Candy Customs.


Photos by Matthew J Aims


Jerry is very happy with the re-birth of his killer chopper. He’s stoked by all the positive vibes he gets when he takes it out to hot spots around his hometown. He wants to thank Atomic Trent and all the others who had a hand in getting this work of art to where it is today.



Owner name, location:  Jerry Merola, Howell, New Jersey

Engine, year and make, model, modifications:  1969 Harley Davidson FL



Frame:  Paugcho Stock Dimensions

Fork:  Acme Choppers Supper Narrow Springer

Chassis mods: Stock Paughco/Atomic Customs

Tire/wheel size and style:  21’ 7 Spoke Invader Front and 18’ 7 Spoke Invader Rear



Favorite thing about this bike: The paint from Chemical Candy Customs definitely draws a crowd, but once they start looking at all the details and other custom modifications their reaction is my favorite thing about the bike.

Next modification will be: Modify the jockey shift 



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Commented on 8-7-2014 At 12:05 pm

B.Y.O. ......................................................

Commented on 8-7-2014 At 12:27 pm

I don't get it?

Commented on 8-7-2014 At 12:45 pm

6 years...1000 mother rides her sportster more than that. NIce bike though.

Commented on 8-7-2014 At 12:50 pm

1000 miler was on the bike he sold tough guy. This bike is pure sex man, one of my favorites, thanks for posting this

Commented on 8-7-2014 At 01:11 pm

Thank you Jason and ChopCult for the feature and write up!
I would just like to give a thanks and shout out also to Mike at 47 Industries for some of the fabrication work he did for me.

Commented on 8-7-2014 At 01:17 pm

Killer in every way Sweeet paint

Commented on 8-7-2014 At 03:53 pm

That's a great looking bike!

Commented on 8-7-2014 At 06:26 pm

One super lookin' scoot Jerry!

Commented on 8-7-2014 At 08:09 pm

Thanks Scott! Your work is truly incredible,stoked that your artistic talent where a part of this build!

Commented on 8-8-2014 At 04:40 pm

Dayuummnn! this is a killer ride I really love the paint. Its just the perfect overall look and bike.

Commented on 8-10-2014 At 07:34 am

Sweeeeeet! :)

Commented on 8-10-2014 At 09:12 am

I am interested in the work needed to put a large front wheel on the back? or is it specially made for the rear? orrrr is it just a front with the sprocket holes widened and tapped? <<< thats what I was gonna do...

Commented on 8-10-2014 At 10:53 am

I gotta vouch for Jerry and this bike. I have known Jerry a little over a year now, in all the times I have seen this bike, only once was it not being ridden. Bike's got styles for miles, and it has them too! No trailer queen by any means!

Chopperwayne, It's exactly the same as straight lacing the larger diameter rim to your stock rear hub. As long as it's not a wider than stock rim. Some Sportsters had 18" 40 spokes stock in the rear, and it's easy to lace them to a big twin hub. In this case, it's welded tubing instead of spokes made in a precise jig.

Commented on 8-10-2014 At 01:53 pm

Killer chop.

Commented on 8-11-2014 At 06:25 am

It is a beautiful bike. I've rode dirtbikes since I was 7 and I've rode a couple friends motorcycles but haven't owned my own. So I'm finally building my first bike as well. Thanks to my dad and always growing up around the biker scene, I've never wanted a store-bought bike. Thanks for sharing yours.

Commented on 8-12-2014 At 05:02 pm

Just needs a spring seat to prevent your discs in your spine from being beaten up. Looks great!

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